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Screambox streaming review 2020: Product, price and features

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Horror movies made by fans for fellow fans, so don't expect to find popular movies like The Ring or Friday the 13th.

A subsidiary of Vimeo, the Screambox library is entirely created by horror fans rather than production companies. When you subscribe to Screambox, you get access to the entire library of gory movies, untraditional video clips and shorts, regardless of who created the video. The fun of exploring the twisted minds of filmmakers is there, but don’t expect to find popular titles.

Details

Service typeOn-demand streaming
Free trial7 days
Pricing starts at$4.99
Lock-in contractNo

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Commercial-free. Spook yourself silly without commercial interruptions.
  • Interchange subscriptions. Switch between a monthly and annual subscription. Payments update on the next billing cycle.
  • Underground movies. Exclusive and uncut movies updated weekly.

Cons

  • Device limitations. It doesn’t stream from Chromebooks or any gaming systems.
  • No parental controls. Movies can be gory and most have adult content — nothing is left out.

What features does Screambox offer?

Screambox offers a selection of features: adaptive streaming, paused subscriptions and a watch list, to lift the burden of uncertainty. But as a streaming service that gets its content from fans, video quality is uncertain.

Paused subscriptions

If you’re out of movies you feel like watching but are hesitant to cancel, you can pause your monthly subscription for up to three months.

Adaptive streaming

Every video automatically chooses the best video resolution based on your Internet connection.

My List

Add as many videos to your list to save for later. The My List feature appears next to the browse button on the main page for easy access.

What devices are compatible with Screambox?

A lot of popular devices, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV Stick and Roku as well as iPhones and Galaxies are compatible with Screambox’s app. What once was primarily a web browser-only service is adding more devices to its collection.

  • Smart TV devices:
    • Apple TV
    • Android TV
  • Mobile devices:
    • iOS -iPhone and iPad
    • Android -phone and tablet
  • Other devices:
    • Desktop
    • Roku
    • Chromecast
    • Amazon Fire TV Stick

How much does Screambox cost?

Unlimited access to the Screambox library is available through either a monthly subscription for $4.99, or pay half as much with an annual subscription of $35.88.

Free trial

A Screambox subscription comes with a 7-day free trial, which you can cancel at any time and keep access to until its end date.

What can I watch with Screambox?

A lot of unheard-of, B-list movies spread across the many subgenres of horror: Supernatural, monster, slasher and cult flicks make up the Screambox library. They’re not for the faint of heart and every scene makes the cut — even if it’s mundane.

Don’t expect to recognize any of these movies or videos unless you’re familiar with a specific filmmaker on Screambox. A few categories you can expect to see are listed below.

  • New on Screambox
  • March Madness
  • Spring Cleaving
  • Supernatural: Witches, Occult & Religion
  • Killers: Psychotic
  • Extreme
  • Horror Comedies
  • Series
  • Monsters: Sci-Fi and Aliens

What Internet speeds does Screambox recommend?

While Screambox recommends an Internet speed of at least 5Mbps, you can still enjoy content with as little as 500kbps — but it’ll be super low-quality.

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Alex Shea was a tech and telco writer for Finder.

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Screambox is the spooky extension of Vimeo, so you won’t find the mainstream Hollywood horror movies you might enjoy. Instead, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the recesses of the minds of your fellow horror community. But if you’re only interested in watching popular titles, this isn’t the streaming service for you.

Despite only costing $4.99 a month, there are more well-known horror movies on Netflix and Hulu you can enjoy. Shudder is also a nice in-between for someone who enjoys both sides of the coin: a little familiar content mixed with some unknown and it’s slightly cheaper — $4.75 a month.

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