Although the holidays are already here, the horror genre is unstoppable. Whether on the big screen or streaming, horror movies are fan favorites, and services like Hulu boast strong collections of fright flicks. The best horror movies on Hulu include a healthy mix of everything fans might be craving. Whether you’re seeking mind-twisting psychological thrillers, bloody slashers, disturbing supernatural fare, atmospheric folk horror, or even some holiday-themed nightmares, Hulu’s got you covered.
In fact, Hulu’s horror collection is so large that it might be easy to get lost in it. And, unfortunately, some movies are on the weaker side of quality and might not be worth your precious time. To help, we’ve already done all the digging, collecting a list of the best horror movies on Hulu to scratch your scary movie itch and keep you up at night. So, without further ado, here’s our roundup of the best horror movies on Hulu you can stream right now.
Horror-icons-in-the-making Alexander Skarsgård and Mia Goth star in Brandon Cronenberg’s 2023 sci-fi horror film Infinity Pool. The plot centers on a couple whose resort vacation turns into a nightmare of hedonism, violence, and horror after they’re seduced by an alluring young woman. Full of Cronenberg’s trademark surreal and brutal themes and imagery and powered by Skarsgård and Goth’s committed performances, Infinity Pool is a truly shocking experience that’s not for the weak of stomach or mind.
Wesley Snipes secured his place as a modern pop culture icon with his performance in Stephen Norrington’s 1998 live-action adaptation of Blade. Based on the eponymous Marvel character, Blade follows the titular hero, a half-vampire, half-mortal, on a quest for revenge against technologically advanced vampires seeking to execute the human race. Intense, atmospheric, surprisingly scary, and wholly entertaining, Blade is the kind of risky, campy superhero film that we need more of in 2023.
Gareth Edwards’ Monsters is set in a world where Mexico has become quarantined after a space probe crash-landed in South America, spreading anew and dangerous life form. The film follows a journalist and a tourist journeying across the infected zone and to the safety of the U.S.-Mexico border. Benefitting from an intriguing premise and Edwards’ deft approach, Monsters is a compelling sci-fi horror movie with impressive visual effects and a chilling, anxiety-ridden plot. Its politics are clumsy and too on the nose, but the film remains a worthy watch for sci-fi horror lovers.
The 2019 horror movie Pilgrim shows how easily a Thanksgiving celebration can descend into chaos. The film follows a woman who invites pilgrim reenactors to her family’s Thanksgiving dinner to remind them of their privilege and bring them closer together. However, the gathering turns deathly when the actors refuse to break character. Pilgrim is the kind of farcical, almost ridiculous horror movie that both thrills and entertains. Over-the-top and with a healthy dose of campy humor, Pilgrim is the perfect movie for a holiday-themed horror marathon.
Taylor Russell stars in the 2019 psychological horror film Escape Room. Set during Thanksgiving break, the film follows six strangers who participate in an elaborate escape room puzzle for the chance to win $10,000. The catch? Each room is filled with death traps, and this is actually a life-or-death game. Although far from perfect, Escape Room is entertaining and consistently thrilling, featuring an impressively committed cast and a series of innovative traps that would make the Saw movies quiver with excitement.
Rob Savage’s The Boogeyman is loosely based on Stephen King’s 1973 short story of the same name. The plot centers on a family of three grieving the recent death of their matriarch. When a desperate man goes to their home seeking help, he introduces an evil entity that preys on people’s suffering. The Boogeyman offerssome solid scares and makes the most of its premise. It might not reach the heights of King’s infamously chilling story, but The Boogeyman remains a worthy entry into the ever-expanding world of modern horror.
Emmy-nominee Kaitlyn Dever stars in Brian Duffield’s 2023 horror film No One Will Save You. The plot centers on an anxious introvert living in her childhood home who must battle an alien trying to invade her space. A nearly silent nightmare with only five audible pieces of dialogue, No One Will Save You is an atmospheric and electrifying home invasion thriller. Dever commands the screen, deftly guiding the plot using only the strength of her incredibly expressive face.
M. Night Shyamalan’s infamously divisive 2004 period thriller The Village remains controversial nearly 20 years after its release. Bryce Dallas Howard leads an impressive ensemble in the story of a secluded village terrorized by mysterious creatures living in the vast woods surrounding it. While the film’s now-notorious twist ending continues to be polarizing, The Village succeeds as a creepy and gorgeously mounted period piece, brilliantly led by Howard and Joaquin Phoenix’s tender, committed performances.
Mia Goth reunites with Ti West for the 2022 slasher film Pearl. A prequel to the duo’s acclaimed horror movie X, Pearl offers a backstory for the titular character, exploring her dreams of stardom and the circumstances that led her to become bitter and murderous. Elevated by Goth’s stunning performance, Pearl is a riveting character study disguised as a slasher. It offers enough thrills and gore to satisfy genre fans, but Pearl goes deep into the titular character’s broken psyche, adding rich emotional layers to a traditional horror story.
Canadian irrational horror film Skinamarink went viral on social media earlier this year. The film follows two children who wake up at night to realize their father is gone and their home’s windows and doors have vanished. Skinamarink is among the most recent examples of the audience-versus-critics divide. The latter praised its daring nature and themes, while many viewers found it frustrating and boring. However, Skinamarink remains provocative, intriguing, and above all scary, thanks to an atmospheric approach that will leave audiences shaking.
The 2014 Australian psychological horror picture The Babadook is based on director Jennifer Kent’s 2005 short Monster. The film tells the story of a single mother reeling from her husband’s death who must confront her son’s fear of a monster lurking in their house. Clever and genuinely terrifying, The Babadook is a triumph of the horror genre, boasting a compelling and emotional story rooted in raw and real feelings most audiences will sympathize with. An eerie atmosphere and a singularly creepy villain further make The Babadook the perfect marriage between art and horror.
Modern horror icon Bill Skarsgård joins Maika Monroe, Jeffrey Donovan, and Kyra Sedgwick in Derek Berk and Robert Olsen’s 2019 black comedy/horror movie Villains. The plot revolves around Mickey and Jules, two lovebirds whose car breaks down after they ineptly rob a bank. Seeking refuge in a nearby house, the couple stumbles upon a dark secret lurking in the basement. Wickedly funny and featuring impressive performances from its talented cast, Villains is a horror comedy for those looking for some laughs to go with their screams.
James Brolin and Margot Kidder star in the 1979 supernatural horror classic The Amityville Horror. Based on the 1977 novel, the plot follows a young couple who purchase a home and begin experiencing supernatural events from a violent malign presence. With its dreadful atmosphere and perpetually bleak tone, The Amityville Horror is a psychological nightmare that will make audiences question everything that’s on-screen. The film uses very real fears about domesticity and ownership to tell an effectively chilling, if slightly repetitive, horror story.
Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins won Oscars for their now-iconic performances in Jonathan Demme’s seminal horror film The Silence of the Lambs. Adapted from Thomas Harris’ eponymous 1988 novel, the film follows Clarice Starling, an FBI trainee seeking the guidance of infamous cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecter to catch Buffalo Bill, a deranged killer targeting young women. The Silence of the Lambs is among the all-time great horror films; intelligent, confident, and above all scary, the film excels as a psychological thriller and an outright horror picture. Hopkins’ portrayal of Hannibal Lecter remains among the finest horror performances to ever grace the silver screen, cementing The Silence of the Lambs as a masterpiece of the revered genre.
The Conjuring franchise expanded with the 2018 period horror movie The Nun, starring Taissa Farmiga and Oscar-nominee Demián Bichir. Set in 1952, the plot centers on a troubled priest and a young novitiate who travel to a Romanian convent to investigate the death of a young nun. As they uncover a dangerous secret in the convent, the pair must confront the vengeful demon Valak, who assumes the form of a terrifying nun. With a Gothic atmosphere and a pair of excellent lead performances, The Nun is a worthy period horror piece and a successful expansion of the wildly popular Conjuring universe.
Yet another spin-off of the Conjuring universe, Annabelle centers on the titular possessed doll as she haunts a young couple expecting their first child. Although critics were unkind to this spin-off, fans embraced its unique blend of horror and cheap thrills. Strong performances and an undeniably creepy villain in the form of its now-iconic titular doll make Annabelle a terrifying, if formulaic, nightmare.
Academy Award nominee Kristen Stewart stars in Olivier Assayas’ 2016 supernatural psychological thriller Personal Shopper. The plot follows Maureen, a personal shopper and medium attempting to communicate with her recently-deceased twin brother. Like most of Assayas’ best films, Personal Shopper is quiet, subtle, and frustrating. However, several tonal shifts that keep the plot moving and a magnetic lead performance from Stewart make it an entrancing and thought-provoking exploration of life and loss worthy of the audience’s time.
Julia Ducournau’s Palm d’Or-winning body horror film Titane stars Agathe Rousselle and Vincent Lindon. The plot centers on a serial killer with a titanium plate in her head who develops a complicated relationship with a man after posing as his long-lost son to avoid capture. Blending elements of psychological thriller and body horror, Titane is among the most original and boldest films of the new millennium, an unforgettable experience for fans of elevated horror.
Oscar nominee Vera Farmiga stars opposite Peter Sarsgaard and a scene-stealing Isabelle Fuhrman in Jaume Collet-Serra’s 2009 horror film Orphan. The plot centers on a grieving couple who adopt Esther, a nine-year-old girl with a mysterious past. Strange things begin happening around the couple, leading them to suspect something might be wrong with Esther. Featuring a star-making performance from Fuhrman and one of the most memorable and unexpected twists in modern horror, Orphan is a unique experience that audiences won’t soon forget.
Richard Donner’s classic The Omen is an institution in the horror genre. Cinematic icons Gregory Peck and Lee Remick star in the story about a couple whose child becomes the prime suspect in a series of violent deaths, leading them to believe he might be the Antichrist. A gorefest that makes the most out of its over-the-top premise, The Omen is an exercise in dread powered by a deliciously creepy performance from Harvey Stephens. The film launched a franchise, although the subsequent efforts have failed to match the original’s influence.
Anya Taylor-Joy and Ralph Fiennes received Golden Globe nominations for their performances in Mark Mylod’s dark comedy The Menu, also starring Nicholas Hoult. The film follows a group of guests attending the prestigious Hawthorne restaurant owned by renowned chef Julian Slowik and located on a secluded island.
However, they soon discover something sinister is afoot when the chef’s real plans are revealed. Blending social satire with wicked humor and classic thrills, The Menu is a classic eat-the-rich story with genuine teeth.
Body horror maestro reunites with Viggo Mortensen for his 2020 horror sci-fi Crimes of the Future, co-starring Léa Seydoux and Kristen Stewart. Set in a dystopian future where human evolution has made most humans immune to pain and disease, the film follows a performance artist who performs surgery on himself before live audiences. Although far from Cronenberg’s best picture, Crimes of the Future remains a must-watch for fans of the director’s singular mix of body horror and thought-provoking ideas.
A reboot of the venerable Hellraiser franchise, Hellraiser follows a young woman recovering from addiction. When she receives a mysterious box capable of summoning humanoid beings with sadistic impulses, she must confront the dangerous demonic forces responsible for her brother’s disappearance.
Featuring a spectacular performance from Jamie Clayton as the iconic villain Pinhead, Hellraiser is a welcome return to form for a franchise that spent far too long neck-deep in mediocrity.
Ari Aster’s 2018 horror masterpiece Hereditary stars Toni Collette, Gabriel Byrne, and Alex Wolff. The plot centers on a family grieving after a tragic accident that begins experiencing unexplained and dangerous supernatural events that lead them to uncover a harrowing truth. Elevated by a career-best performance from Collette, Hereditary is a powerful exploration of grief and guilt wrapped around a shocking and terrifying horror story that will creep under the audience’s skin.
Leave it to Brandon Cronenberg, son of horror master David Cronenberg, to create a disturbing and insightful piece of horror for the new generation. Possessor stars recent Oscar nominee Andrea Riseborough as an assassin who takes over other people’s bodies to carry on her assignments. However, things get complicated when she struggles to possess her most recent mark, a young man played by Christopher Abbott. Full of the body horror and disturbing elements that have become the Cronenbergs’ bread-and-butter, Possessor will more than satisfy fans of provocative horror.
Emmy nominee Sarah Paulson stars in the 2020 psychological thriller Run. The film revolves around Chloe, a young woman who has spent her life controlled by her overbearing mother. However, as Chloe enters adolescence, she begins questioning her life and her mother’s role in it. Powered by Paulson’s committed performance, and with a smart and pleasantly surprising screenplay, Run is an effective and suspenseful thriller that will keep audiences on the edge.
Sebastian Stan and Daisy Edgar-Jones star in the horror thriller Fresh. The film follows Noa, a young woman frustrated with dating apps, who begins a relationship with the charming Steve. When the two go for a weekend getaway, Noa discovers the many sinister secrets Steve has been hiding. Benefitting from Edgar-Jones and Stan’s performances and with clever insights into the horrors of modern dating, Fresh is a chilling horror story with poignant social critique.
The excellent Noomi Rapace stars in Valdimar Jóhannsson’s 2021 folk horror film Lamb from A24. The plot centers on a couple living on a secluded Icelandic farm whose sheep births a human/sheep hybrid. Becoming parents to the creature, the couple begins to adjust to their new lives, oblivious that a mysterious entity is watching their moves with mysterious purposes. Lamb is unnerving yet engrossing, benefitting from an excellent performance by Rapace. Fans of unique premises and unconventional horror will get the best out of this odd and chilling film.
Utterly bonkers and thrilling, Barbarian is a true horror event. The film stars Georgina Campbell, Bill Skarsgård, and Justin Long and follows a woman whose Airbnb rental is double booked. Deciding to spend the night in the house despite the unexpected presence, she soon discovers the rental has dangerous secrets lurking beneath. A wild ride from beginning to end, Barbarian goes all in on its brand of deranged scares, providing an admittedly unconventional yet ultimately sharp and satisfying experience that’s as scary as it’s entertaining.
Ti West presented his daring, gritty take on the slasher genre with X. The film stars Mia Goth, Jenna Ortega, Brittany Snow, and Martin Henderson and tells the story of a group of pornographers who decide to shoot their latest film on a secluded Texas farm owned by an elderly couple. Their plans take an unexpected turn when an unexpected enemy begins targeting them one by one. Elevated by a committed and versatile dual performance from Goth, X works as a homage to 1970s slasher movies and a worthy entry to the revered genre.
Starring Anya Taylor-Joy in the role that made her a star, The Witch centers on a young girl whose brother becomes lost under her watch. Accused by her other siblings of witchcraft, the girl must endure her family’s distrust and accusations as a dark entity lurks in the forest beyond their solitary cottage. The Witch finds Robert Eggers (The Northman) in fine form, aided by Taylor-Joy’s commanding performance. Mixing supernatural thrills with an exploration of faith, religion, innocence, and womanhood, The Witch is a superior and thought-provoking entry into the elevated horror subgenre.
Hulu’s Into the Dark series has served as a powerful forum for established and up-and-coming genre directors to showcase new and exciting horror films, and while we’ve already covered Treehouse (directed by James Roday), we’d also like to shine some morbid light on director Nacho Vigalondo’s contribution to the anthology. It’s a film called Pooka! that stars Nyasha Hatendi as a man named Wilson who takes an acting job as a costumed creature named Pooka, a beast based on a popular new holiday toy that’s selling like crazy. But as the toy’s popularity reaches new heights, Wilson begins experiencing wild hallucinations with murderous conclusions. A fitting genre feast for the Christmas season, Vigalondo clearly had a ton of fun with his off-the-wall concept, and so will you.
The Field Guide to Evil is an international anthology film that brings together eight unique genre tales with folkloric bents. Of particular note are some of the recognizable writers/directors, including Peter Strickland (Berberian Sound Studio and In Fabric), Veronika Franz, and Severin Fiala (Goodnight Mommy and The Lodge), with each segmented novella horror delivering an homage to a significant mythological terror. While not every short hits as hard as the last, the mixed bag ends up in “glass half-full” terrain, with plenty to write home about in terms of vision and execution.
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