Screampix, the first YouTube channel for horror fans, launched on Wednesday, according to a report from The Wrap.
The website noted that the new entry in YouTube’s more than 50 paid channels will sell for $2.99 per month. At launch, there were 200 hours of horror footage, and that included full-length features, interviews, and trailers.
(Kind of sparse, we know.)
Fortunately, Screampix plans to bring in new content every week and will air films unedited. However, it was not clear if the channel plans to stay at just 200 hours of footage at a time, or if they would actually be adding content and growing larger with time.
For a bit more on the selection, we thought we’d check it out for ourselves.
Here’s what you can expect thus far in the full-length film department: a lot of Puppet Master films and the Killjoy trilogy. Other than that? Some other flicks that make the word “obscure” sound like an understatement.
Mostly direct-to-video stuff, in other words. There are no classics of the genre and definitely no first-run features.
Not that there’s anything wrong with that, we suppose, and it could very well be worth the three bucks.
This, of course, isn’t the only paid YouTube channel to launch recently. Of the 54, it’s not even the only one devoted to movies. Big Star Movies has been created to introduce fans to “truly independent cinema,” according to the promo trailer.
(Yep. Haven’t heard of any of these either.)
So far, we’re not sure this is exactly what Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos meant when he said that better options were the best deterrents to piracy, but we’ll let you decide on that. Here’s a trailer for Screampix:
The announcement that YouTube would start charging for specialty channels came earlier this month. At that time, it was speculated that the specialty channels would rid users of advertisements, and in the case of Screampix and Big Star Movies, that’s certainly the case.
Will you subscribe to Screampix or any other YouTube channel offering?