Hulu’s horror collection doesn’t disappoint.
Hulu’s movie library is steadily growing, but its horror section still has a way to go to catch up to Netflix and Amazon. But that doesn’t mean it’s devoid of worthwhile options. Halloween draws nearer and nearer each day, and time lumbers forward as steadily as Michael Myers (though, unfortunately, Hulu doesn’t have any of the Halloween films). Get a jump on the spooky season with these picks that will thrill and chill, enthrall and possibly appall.
We’ve scoured the shallow depths of Hulu’s catalog to find some gems, some diamonds in the rough, and some that are just plain rough. Here’s our list of the best scary movies on Hulu.
The best scary movies on Hulu
Remember, I’m an easy mark for possession movies. Even the bad ones which, if you believe Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic, and most other metrics, this one is. In this one, a mother (Virginia Madsen) does her best to save her family from the supernatural. It’s based (loosely) on a true story. It hits all the notes you expect from this kind of story. If you allow yourself to get wrapped up in the atmosphere, it might just do a number on you.
Scream is so great. It’s hilarious and terrifying (the opening sequence is in the horror pantheon). The cast is fun and playful, and director Wes Craven matches their energy behind the camera. Kevin Williamson’s script is sharper than Ghostface’s knife. Scream has extreme rewatch value, and even if the potency of the scares fades over time, everything about the movie picks up the slack. It’s a classic for a reason, and any time is a good time to revisit it.
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3) Blair Witch
This surprise sequel to The Blair Witch Project is a significant improvement on the cash-grab Book of Shadows. Director Adam Wingard delivers a bump-in-the-night spookfest that honors the original and features some nifty tie-ins. Like the first time out, this one features a group of college kids going into the woods to look for the trio from the original, with horrifying results. Blair Witch works just fine as a standalone movie, but fans of the original should find it worthwhile.
4) The Collector
Co-writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan (who also directs) made their bones with the Project Greenlight movie Feast and a handful of Saw sequels. This film is closer to their Saw work, but with less convoluted mythology. The Collector is a straightforward home invasion movie, and it’s as bloody and brutal as the filmmakers’ pedigree implies. This isn’t a movie with jump scares that will linger, but in the moment, it’s pretty nerve-wracking. At the very least, it’ll make you double check the locks before you go to bed.
5) High Tension
High Tension (or Haute Tension if you want to impress your friends) kicked off a short and potent run of extreme French horror films. The setup is as bare bones as it gets with two women retreating to one of their family’s home go study, only to be hunted down by a killer. Director Alexandre Aja wrings every ounce of tension out of the story that he possibly can. The movie is brutal and brutally efficient, but the third act is where it makes its bones. The story has a twist that is either going to blow your mind or have you laughing hysterically. Life is too short for movies that play it safe.
6) Cabin Fever
Eli Roth’s debut remains a goofy, gory, gooey delight nearly 15 years after its debut. A getaway to a cabin in the woods for five friends goes spectacularly awry when a flesh-eating disease rips through the group and ruins their debaucherous plans. Roth’s mix of comedy and horror isn’t for everyone, but this movie did catch the eye of splatter-horror icons like Peter Jackson. If you’re into that kind of thing, it’s hard to imagine you won’t find something to laugh or cringe at in Cabin Fever.
7) Let the Right One In
Tomas Alfredson’s Let the Right One In is one of the best vampire films you’ll come across. It’s a sensitive, thoughtful, brutal story about loneliness, bullying and other real-life horrors. Oskar is the loner who strikes up a friendship with the equally isolated Eli. Together they help bring each other out of their shells. But Eli is a vampire, so things are destined to turn sour at some point. Alfredson knows how to deliver vampire scares, but he’s even more effective at capturing the day-to-day moments that will keep you up at night.
Like father, like son. Antiviral comes from the mind of Brandon Cronenberg, son of body-horror maestro David Cronenberg. It’s set in a world where celebrities can sell their viruses to their fans. As a satire, it’s not particularly subtle, but it’s effective. The same can be said for the movie’s visuals, which are horrific but beautifully shot. All in all, Antiviral is a mixed bag, but it offers more than enough to justify streaming it.
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9) An American Werewolf in London
John Landis’ classic horror comedy is still a howling good time. David and Jack are two American hitchhikers in London who come across a werewolf, and their lives are changed for forever. While the movie is still highly entertaining, the real star is Rick Baker’s makeup wizardry. Baker won the inaugural Academy Award for his work. Nowadays, the market is flooded with CG monsters that pale in comparison, so put on An American Werewolf in London for a good time and to bask in the glory of practical effects.
10) Halloween H20: 20 Years Later
Every long-running horror series has at least one or two down the line sequels that are better than expected. H20 is one of those for the Halloween series. It’s a slasher in the post-Scream mode (which is no surprise since Scream scribe Kevin Williamson wrote the script), so it’s quippy, self-aware, and full of jump scares. Twenty years after the original Halloween, Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) is in hiding, but that doesn’t stop Michael Myers from finding her and slicing up countless teens along the way. H20 plays all of the genre hits well enough to make it a fun watch.
Editor’s note: This article is regularly updated for relevance.
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