Hulu has become a bit of a hot spot for horror streaming now that they’ve added original shows such as Castle Rock and Blumhouse’s Into the Dark to their selection. If it’s a film you’re looking for however, the service also has you covered in that department. Here are ten of the best horror movies streaming on Hulu right now!
Tragedy Girls (2017)
At once a stinging social commentary on narcissism in the age of social media and a sweet meditation of high school friendship, Tragedy Girls plays like the lovechild of Scream and Heathers. The film follows unlikely villains McKayla and Sadie, who are obsessed with becoming the next big serial killer(s). They hide their intentions behind the innocent personas they’ve created for public interactions, while going on a violent killing spree that sends their community into a frenzy. Tragedy Girls is often hilarious, but it’s nonetheless brutal. Alexandra Shipp and Brianna Hildebrand are irresistible as the central duo, and their chemistry alone makes the film worthy of your attention.
Silver Bullet (1985)
Silver Bullet is a tremendous horror movie that rarely gets the credit it deserves. Based on the novella “Cycle of the Werewolf” by Stephen King, the film follows Marty (Corey Haim), a paraplegic child who is bound to a motorized wheelchair, as he becomes the target of a werewolf after figuring out its human identity. Rather than focusing solely on the terror of the situation, Silver Bullet and director Dan Attias wisely put the relationship between Marty and his sister Jane (Megan Follows) front and center. They’re dysfunctional – Marty tends to be a nuisance and Jane can be quite harsh – but their love for each other runs deep and provides the film with an enormous amount of heart. Everett McGill is typically great in the role of a villain who is facing an inner-conflict, and Gary Busey as the perpetually drunk Uncle Red is pitch-perfect casting.
Before the series grew out of hand with a thousand or so really bad sequels, Clive Barker’s original film tore twice that many souls apart. Hellraiser plays like a twisted nightmare, masterfully exploring Barker’s horrifying imagination. Drenched in darkness and utilizing unforgettable horror imagery (Seriously, who can watch Hellraiser and not have the Cenobites eternally seared into their brain?), the film has more than earned its reputation as one of the scariest movies of all time.
If you’re having a spout with your parents, perhaps the best course of action is to keep your temper in check and *not* summon a demon to kill them. In Pyewacket, the titular demon is called upon by Leah, a black magic-practicing teen that is having issues with her troubled mother, who is grieving the recent loss of her husband. Directed by Backcountry‘s Adam MacDonald, Pyewacket is loaded with eerie atmosphere and uncomfortable dread. Many of the scares come from our own imaginations, as MacDonald gives us just enough of a glimpse into evil for our minds to run rampant. This is a seriously creepy film that should not be overlooked.
The Others (2001)
It’s a shame that we aren’t still talking about how impressive The Others is. Written and directed by Alejandro Amenábar, this is a slow-burning Gothic ghost story with a tremendous central performance by Nicole Kidman, a gorgeous set design, clever writing, and old-school scares. If The Others was released in the ’70s or ’80s, it’d be mentioned among the greatest haunted house movies ever made – which is a conversation it belongs in. It’s begging to be revisited.
Let the Right One In (2008)
The fact that Let the Right One In inspired one of the best American horror remakes we’ve ever received (Let Me In) and still remains superior in almost every way is a testament to Swedish director Tomas Alfredson’s poetic vampire masterpiece. It’s a romantic story of outcasts who come to rely on each other with an insidiously subtle undercurrent of terror and dread. You’d be hard pressed to find a better vampire flick than this – which is saying a lot when you consider how many great bloodsucker movies are in circulation.
Written and directed by Alex Garland (Ex Machina), Annihilation is a mind-bending science fiction horror tale that stands out as one of the decade’s most effective genre films. It employs a dynamite cast of women, led terrifically by Natalie Portman, and its eerie atmosphere is thick enough to get lost in. Garland’s film tackles themes of depression, guilt and grief, while subsequently scaring us senseless (The bear scene is nightmare fuel) and breaking our brains. It’s not a happy movie, but it’s a near perfect one.
The Host (2006)
One of the greatest monster movies ever made, The Host seamlessly blends horror with comedy and familial drama. Edge-of-your-seat thrills are matched in full by the amount of tears you’ll shed throughout. It takes a special kind of film to accomplish such a feat, and director Bong Joon Ho is always up to the task.
28 Days Later (2002)
Danny Boyle’s take on the zombie subgenre sparked a never-ending debate about whether the infected masses in the film are even zombies at all. Regardless of which side of the argument you fall on, there’s no denying that 28 Days Later is downright horrifying. The infected are fast, forcing survivors to make split-second decisions lest they wind up dead or infected themselves, and it culminates in one of the most intense finales we’ve ever seen.
The Exorcist (1973)
Commonly hailed as the greatest horror film of all time, The Exorcist remains as terrifying in 2019 as it was in 1973. It’s a bleak exploration of hopelessness, faith and lack thereof. Brimming with excellent performances, some of the scariest scenes ever put to film, and featuring what may be an actual curse, The Exorcist is a timeless masterpiece that merits frequent viewing – if you can stomach it.
There you have it! 10 of the Best Horror Films Currently Available on Hulu! Not enough selection? Why not try another of our streaming round-ups: 10 of the Best Horror Movies Streaming on Shudder, 10 of the Best Horror Films on Netflix, 8 Horror Movies on Netflix You Haven’t Seen and 8 More Horror Movies on Netflix You Haven’t Seen!