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Why Horror Fans Are Flocking to Screambox Streaming

Consider yourself a real hardcore horror fan? If so, then you’ve probably heard of Screambox, the new streaming service that delivers nonstop frights, thrills and grotesque gore. But in the age of Netflix and Amazon Prime, why are viewers eating up this new platform like a bunch of newly-turned cannibals?

The answers are spine-tinglingly exciting…


Most serious fans already own the big-name films everyone knows, like Friday the 13th or Halloween. While Screambox movies include mainstream releases, they also feature a lot of horror that was never released after VHS died. In fact, more than 70% of Screambox titles aren’t available for streaming on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.

That underground feeling appeals to fans, such as New York Times author Glen Kenny. He wrote, “The grind-house nostalgist in me was delighted to find two 1981 obscurities: the Italian filmmaker Lucio Fulci’s mortifying gorefest The Beyond and The Nesting, an interesting novelty in which the New York sexploitation filmmaker Armand Weston tried to go mainstream, with mixed results. (It also happens to be the American ’40s and ’50s screen siren Gloria Grahame’s final film, and one you are unlikely to see on TCM.)”


The company offers unlimited, commercial-free access to more than 500 movies and shows — with new releases added weekly. You can watch Screambox movies on more than 80 million connected TVs and 100 million mobile devices in the US. There is the Screambox app, and you can stream using PlayStation (Screambox PS3 and PS4), XBOX, Roku, Samsung TV, Apple TV, and more; it’s also available through a separate Screambox Amazon Channels subscription


At the risk of using too many horror puns, we can say that Screambox gives you more bang for your blood.

In a time of giant corporate monsters eating up independent producers — or deciding that their work isn’t “good enough” for broadcast — there is something cool about Screambox. They are an independent streaming service built by fans for other real, die-hard horror fans. They are not a vanilla, corporate entity, and yet they broadcast really cool content.

For less than the cost of renting a DVD at a video store (if you can still find one of those), we think this service is tops.