Screambox Review: Plans, Pricing, and More
Our experts researched and tested the Screambox horror streaming service and concluded that it’s where “Netflix horror” goes to die.
What is Screambox?
Screambox is a horror streaming TV service similar to Shudder, Full Moon Features, and Monsters and Nightmares. To set itself apart from its competitors, Screambox is devoted to “horror you won’t find anywhere else.” It sounds good, but . . .
Is Screambox good?
We don’t think Screambox is good because “horror you won’t find anywhere else” is misleading. It’s meant to make you think Screambox has deep cuts and rare gems. While the films are obscure, few are actually watchable. Only 11 films rate 5.0 or higher (out of 10.0) on IMDb.com and 50 or higher (out of 100) on ReelGood.com.1
In fact, the Screambox library is beset with aggressively bad horror films, the kind that you watch only out of boredom, curiosity, or search fatigue—then rage-quit long before the credits roll. We used to call these films “Netflix horror” before Netflix cleaned up its library. Now, and forevermore, we’ll call them Screambox horror movies.
Screambox pros and cons
- Affordable pricing
- Downloads for offline viewing
- Cancel anytime
- Mostly unwatchable content
Screambox deals and promotions
Screambox has a free seven-day trial if you’re curious or a masochist.
Screambox plans and pricing
Data as of post date. Not all offers available in all areas.
At least Screambox is cheap. It’s even cheaper (only about $2.99 a month) if you go with the annual subscription. But that’s still too much to pay for content that requires standards so low that they sit near the Earth’s crust.
Screambox vs. the competition
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If you’re a real horror fan and you want good, gripping, horror films, Shudder has hundreds of excellent titles for only $1.00 a month more than Screambox.
If you appreciate a good scare but also have a taste for schlock/awesomely bad movies, Full Moon Features has an abundance of films (hundreds, but not as many as Shudder) that fit the bill. And it’s only $2.00 more per month than Screambox.
And although Monsters and Nightmares has a very small library (only 50+ films), its catalogue contains pretty solid titles from Magnolia Pictures and Magnet Releasing. And Monsters & Nightmares charges only $2.99 a month. Unfortunately, you can find many of them on other on-demand streaming services, so there’s no real incentive to sign up for this one.
With alternatives like these, there’s no need to put yourself through the torture that is Screambox.
Screambox movies and shows
We’ve judged the Screambox library and found it wanting—here’s why.
Horror fans know what it’s like to see a cool Blu-ray/DVD/VHS cover (or thumbnail, nowadays) with an intriguing synopsis only to be profoundly disappointed with the actual movie. That’s what it’s like trying to find something worth watching on Screambox: one unwatchable disappointment after another with few decent titles sprinkled throughout.
We couldn’t even find good-bad movies on Screambox. I mean, some of the movies aim for that—but you can’t fake the funk. Truly awesome badness is effortless.
This is where we’d usually include a bulleted list of the movies found on Screambox. There’s no point in doing this for Screambox, though, ‘cause only the most tasteless horror fanatics would recognize many of them.
Screambox has no add-ons, but Prime Video subscribers can add Screambox as an Amazon Prime Channel for the same price. The difference between subscribing to Screambox directly and through Prime Channels is that you can’t use the Screambox app with Prime Channels. Usually, this is a bigger deal. But not in this case.
Alternatives to Screambox
In this space, we usually recommend pairing the reviewed service with complementary streaming TV services for a well-rounded streaming experience. That also seems pointless with Screambox.
I mean, maybe if you’re a completist with disposable income you could get Screambox just to scratch your collector’s itch. But we’re not in the habit of telling you to throw away money. So instead, we strongly encourage getting a different horror or horror-ish streaming service instead.
|Full Moon Features|
|Amazon Prime Video|
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|Every self-respecting blood junkie should have Shudder, the king of horror streaming services. It has classics in every horror subgenre, hidden gems, and the best of the new hotness. It’s worth every penny.||View Plans|
|Full Moon Features has some of the best goofy ’80s horror films—including some legit freaky Blue Underground and Something Weird Video films—plus action, comedy, family, sci-fi, and more.||View Plans|
|Prime Video has a massive library with many obscure horror and cult films from the heyday of VHS. Plus, you get all kinds of other movies and shows—and all those sweet Prime membership benefits.||View Plans|
Screambox specs and features
We can’t imagine any specs or features that would make Screambox more appealing. But let’s see what’s up, anyway.
Screambox has three simultaneous streams so you can torture frenemies.
Cloud DVR isn’t really a thing with on-demand streaming TV services. If we were gonna keep something worthless, we’d prefer stacks of old newspapers in a room with faulty wiring.
The Screambox mobile app is probably the only thing about Screambox that we won’t complain about. We used it to watch 20–30 minutes of around a dozen films and experienced no issues. That’s probably because, aside from visual design and content, the Screambox mobile app is nearly identical to the Full Moon Features mobile app.
Screambox mobile app home page viewed on an LG GB ThinQ+.
Screambox app vs. Xbox One
You can use the Screambox mobile app to download movies and watch them offline, like for when you’re on a long flight and need a sleep aid. Just remember to download titles in advance on your home Wi-Fi so you don’t use your mobile data.
But if you do forget to download stuff before leaving home, you can save data by changing the download quality in the app’s settings. Or just consider yourself lucky.
|Amazon Fire Cube, Stick, TV|
|Android phones, tablets|
|Apple TV (4th gen.)|
|Apple TV 4K|
|Chromecast with Google TV|
|NVIDIA Shield Pro TV|
|PC, Mac web browsers|
|PlayStation 3, 4, 5|
|Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S|
|Full Moon Features support|
The Screambox app supports plenty of devices—you probably already have one of these. Some smart TV owners, and those of us who use gaming consoles for everything, will be disappointed, though.
Screambox video and audio quality
Screambox streams at up to 1080p HD—but quality depends on the strength of your Wi-Fi connection. If the app detects slower speeds, it lowers the video quality to conserve bandwidth. And if you know your connection is slow, or that you’ll be somewhere with spotty service, you can preemptively set your video quality to high, medium, or low quality.
A scene from Dear God, No! viewed on the Screambox mobile app using an LG G8 ThinQ smartphone.
We tested the Screambox mobile app on a smartphone (LG G8 ThinQ). We’ve also tested the Screambox service as an Amazon Prime Channel add-on, and on a laptop (Windows 10, Chrome browser). We had no video or audio issues with any of those methods.
The Screambox interface consists of carousel menus for each horror subgenre, plus four menu buttons (Explore, Search, Library, and Profile). As for playback controls, it’s the usual stuff: play/pause, 10-second jumps (backwards and forwards), and skip-to-next. Screambox also has onscreen buttons: add to list, download, and share.
Playback controls on the Screambox mobile app (shown: a scene from Gibtown).
Final take: Is Screambox worth it?
Our TV experts and horror/midnight movie experts have put hundreds of hours into testing Screambox, Shudder, Full Moon Features and just about every other streaming TV service and add-on channel. We do it because we like it—but also because we want to share our experience and insights with our readers so you can make informed decisions. To learn more about our process, check out the CableTV.com “How We Rank” page.
ReelGood.com, “Full List of Movies on Screambox.” Accessed September 15, 2021.