August marks my 3rd Horror Block and actually the 3rd month of the subscription service. Horror Block launched its first box in June 2014. I signed up in good faith and have been loyal ever since. Back in 2013 I subscribed to another horror subscription service-Box of Dread. I wasn’t happy with it (read more here) but Horror Block consistency delivers awesome boxes!
Each month I’ve been exceptionally pleased with the service so for August, I decided to document my unboxing. Here’s my haul!
Kitten disclaimer: June Bug’s are always closer than they appear.
Back in the fall of 2013, subscribed to Dread Central’s Box of Dread. To put it bluntly, I was really disappointed. Cumulatively, my 3 Boxes of Dread contained:
- random assortments of cheap candy
- Child’s Play “Good Guy” battery stickers (3-4 identical stickers for two consecutive months)
- 2 Horror Decor matchbooks (1 identical matchbook for two consecutive months)
- 1 Horror Decor pen
- 1 Horror Decor magnet
- 2 Dread Central sticks (1 identical sticker for 2 consecutive months)
- a plastic skull
- 2 Walking Dead Funko POP! Mini Vinyls (I did get a blood variant zombie (yay!)-the other was Merle)
- a Sam from Trick ‘R Treat paper doll (which was available as a free download online)
- a “make-up” Lovecraft mousepad Dread Central sent to subscribers for October to apologize for the lackluster box that month
After my 3-month subscription was up for Box of Dread, I decided not to renew. I went into a horror subscription box withdrawal until I saw a preview in 2014 for a new horror-themed service by the Nerd Block group. I decided to give it a go and received my first box in June 2014. I loved it!
For me, Horror Block grossly outshines Box of Dread foremost in the areas of consistency and quality. Box of Dread‘s downfall is a lock of quality control. I was extremely irritated after viewing other subscribers’ Box of Dread unboxing videos, finding that they received limited edition items that weren’t included in my box. For example, I received a plastic skull in October 2013’s box while some subscribers received promotional Trick ‘r’ Treat items and even a horror drink tumbler (valued around $10). While I think the quality control issues have been improved upon in recent months, Box of Dread still seems like a gamble for me.