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The best horror movies on Hulu right now

There are two kinds of people in this world: those who hate horror movies and those who don’t. And when it comes to the latter, oftentimes, there’s just no end to how much horror cinema a genre devotee can consume. Fortunately, we have access to excellent streaming platforms like Hulu to keep the chilling flicks going 24/7. 

If you’re not up for the haunting task of going through page after page of the streamer’s scary movies, we’ve already done all the digging for you. So without further extrapolation, here’s our roundup of the best horror movies on Hulu you can stream right now.

Hulu isn’t the only streaming platform with horror titles on demand. We’ve also put together guides to the best horror movies on Netflix and the best horror movies on Amazon Prime Video.

Recently added to Hulu
Lamb (2021)
Lamb
68 %
6.3/10
106m
Genre Drama, Fantasy, Horror
Stars Noomi Rapace, Hilmir Snær Guðnason, Björn Hlynur Haraldsson
Directed by Valdimar Jóhannsson

The excellent Noomi Rapace stars in Valdimar Jóhannsson’s 2021 folk horror film Lamb. 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.

Midsommar (2019)
Midsommar
72 %
7.1/10
147m
Genre Horror, Drama, Mystery
Stars Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, William Jackson Harper
Directed by Ari Aster

Ari Aster followed the success of Hereditary with Midsommar. Starring Florence Pugh, Jack Reynor, and Will Poulter, the film follows a couple and their friends who travel to Sweden to experience a secluded town’s famous midsummer festival. However, they soon realize they are taking part in something more dangerous, as it becomes clear the town is a dangerous pagan cult. Balancing weighty themes with old-fashioned scares and an impossibly discomforting vibe, Midsommar is a showcase for Pugh’s considerable talents and further confirmation that Aster is a horror auteur like few others. 

Barbarian (2022)
Barbarian
78 %
7.0/10
103m
Genre Horror, Thriller
Stars Georgina Campbell, Bill Skarsgård, Justin Long
Directed by Zach Cregger

Utterly bonkers and thrilling, Barbarian is a true horror event. The film stars Georgina Campbell, Alexander 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. 

X (2022) new
X
79 %
6.6/10
106m
Genre Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Stars Mia Goth, Jenna Ortega, Brittany Snow
Directed by Ti West

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. 

The Witch (2015)
The Witch
83 %
6.9/10
92m
Genre Horror, Mystery, Drama, Fantasy
Stars Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie
Directed by Robert Eggers

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 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. 

Pooka! (2018) new
Pooka!
r 90m
Genre Horror, Thriller, TV Movie
Stars Nyasha Hatendi, Latarsha Rose, Jon Daly
Directed by Nacho Vigalondo

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 ABCs of Death (2013) new
The ABCs of Death
r 129m
Genre Horror
Stars Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Erik Audé, Iván González
Directed by Xavier Gens, Angela Bettis, Jake West, Noboru Iguchi, Andrew Traucki, Anders Morgenthaler, Yoshihiro Nishimura, Banjong Pisanthanakun, Marcel Sarmiento, Ti West, Adam Wingard, Adrián García Bogliano, Yudai Yamaguchi, Nacho Vigalondo, Ernesto Díaz Espinoza, Hélène Cattet, Bruno Forzani, Simon Rumley, Ben Wheatley, Kaare Andrews, Jason Eisener, Thomas Cappelen Malling, Jon Schnepp, Timo Tjahjanto, Jorge Michel Grau, Srđan Spasojević, Lee Hardcastle
If you like your horror films served up in bite-sized fashion, then we highly recommend The ABCs of Death. Made up of 26 genre vignettes, each from a different director and themed upon a single word (kicking off with a word that starts with “A” and ending with one that starts with “Z”), noteworthy talents like Nacho Vigalondo, Adam Wingard, and Ben Wheatley serve up some chilling tales that will burrow deep into your brain. While some shorts are better than others, as a whole, The ABCs of Death is a horror fan’s dream come true, and if you like what you see, there are two sequels out there, too!
Matriarch (2022) new
Matriarch
r 85m
Genre Horror
Stars Jemima Rooper, Kate Dickie, Sarah Paul
Directed by Ben Steiner

Matriarch stars Jemima Rooper as Laura, an advertising executive who almost dies from a drug overdose. In the wake of her near-death experience, a chance conversation with her long-estranged mother finds Laura heading back to her stomping grounds — an isolated and unassuming English hamlet. But as she starts to lean on the rest and relaxation she needs, Laura soon discovers that the township may be home to an ancient evil that’s been waiting for her all along. Matriarch’s many strengths propel the film to the top of Hulu’s genre collection, most notably its eerie on-camera visuals and haunting set design.

Treehouse (2019) new
Treehouse
r 84m
Genre Horror, TV Movie
Stars Jimmi Simpson, Mary McCormack, Shaunette Renée Wilson
Directed by James Roday Rodriguez

Director James Roday’s Treehouse is actually one long episode of the Hulu original horror series Into the Dark, but based on its powerful premise and awesome scares, we decided to treat it as a standalone film. Starring Jimmi Simpson as Peter Rake, a celebrity chef, the story follows Peter’s self-imposed retreat to his family’s remote cabin after experiencing a bit of a fallout in his professional life. But not long after his arrival, malevolent forces start to surface, turning Peter’s off-the-radar excursion into a brutal game of life and death.

Antlers (2021) new
Antlers
57 %
5.9/10
r 99m
Genre Drama, Horror, Mystery
Stars Keri Russell, Jesse Plemons, Jeremy Thomas
Directed by Scott Cooper
Director Scott Cooper has a pretty impressive filmmaking track record thus far, with hits like Crazy Heart, Out of the Furnace, and Black Mass under his belt. And while it was a little surprising to see the auteur dip into pure horror with Antlers, the results are just what we would expect from the visceral artisan. Keri Russel and Jesse Plemons star as a middle school teacher and her law enforcement sibling. When a near-silent young student (Jeremy T. Thomas) begins acting stranger than normal, the brother-sister duo begin an investigation into the boy’s life, unraveling all kinds of mythic secrets along the way. A little on the nose at times, Antlers ultimately prevails as a bold and brutal exhibition of the many things we all sacrifice in the name of family. 
Spree (2020) new
Spree
42 %
5.9/10
r 93m
Genre Thriller, Horror, Comedy
Stars Joe Keery, Sasheer Zamata, David Arquette
Directed by Eugene Kotlyarenko
If you’re tired of seeing the glorification of social media in traditional Hollywood films, Spree is a sardonic and gory commentary on the “influencer” world we’re all living in. The film stars Joe Keery as rideshare driver Kurt Kunkle, a man hellbent on going viral across the like-share-subscribe digital landscape. His master plan: outfit his vehicle with cameras and film the planned murders of his passengers. It’s a bonkers premise that requires some suspension of disbelief, but in its caricaturing of celebrity desperation, Spree is a magnificent tongue-in-cheek stab at the loud and unrelenting cacophony that is Instagram, TikTok, and all the other apps we know, love, and need.
XX (2017)
XX
64 %
4.6/10
r 80m
Genre Horror
Stars Natalie Brown, Melanie Lynskey, Breeda Wool
Directed by Karyn Kusama, Jovanka Vuckovic, Roxanne Benjamin, St. Vincent
XX bears the unique distinction of being a horror anthology film comprised of four tales directed by female filmmakers — specifically, Jovanka Vuckovic, Annie Clark, Roxanne Benjamin, and Karyn Kusama. With the lens dominated by an engrossing female perspective, each of the vignettes (The Box, The Birthday Party, Don’t Fall, and Her Only Living Son), zeitgeist-focused women’s issues are front and center, albeit drenched in layers of gore, grime, and a blast of dark comedy. XX is a fun watch and maybe not the most articulate or completely coherent collaborative effort. But it works in more ways than one.
The Wretched (2020)
The Wretched
61 %
5.8/10
r 95m
Genre Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Stars John-Paul Howard, Piper Curda, Jamison Jones
Directed by Drew T. Pierce, Brett Pierce
In The Wretched, John-Paul Howard is Ben Shaw, a teenager contending with the rocky pre-divorce struggles of his parents. These events couldn’t be more ill-timed, as the next-door neighbor may be possessed by a marauding, body-harvesting witch. That’s a conundrum that Ben must deal with before the sorceress can spread her evil reigns further. Playing like a combination of Fright Night meets Robert Eggers’ The Witch, The Wretched checks all the scare boxes, especially when it comes to its unnerving tone and impressive visual effects.
Hatching (2022)
Hatching
74 %
6.2/10
r 91m
Genre Fantasy, Horror
Stars Siiri Solalinna, Sophia Heikkilä, Jani Volanen
Directed by Hanna Bergholm
There’s nothing quite like a solid coming-of-age story, especially when the focus is on a 12-year-old gymnast (Siiri Solalinna) named Tinja who comes into the possession of a dying bird’s one and only egg deep in the woods — one that hatches and reveals one of the most visually disturbing combinations of makeup and VFX the world has ever seen. It turns out the creature takes on the likeness of those who raise it, too, leading us down a path of surreal terrors as Tinja does everything in her power to shield her family from the monster’s clutches. There’s plenty to be said about Hatching’s vivisection of girlhood and what it takes to be worthy in the eyes of our mothers. With its David Lynch-inspired visions of idyllic suburbia getting ripped and clawed apart, this is a feature that’s hard to forget.
You Are Not My Mother (2022)
You Are Not My Mother
74 %
5.8/10
r 93m
Genre Horror, Thriller
Stars Hazel Doupe, Paul Reid, Ingrid Craigie
Directed by Kate Dolan
Films like You Are Not My Mother are cleverly-lensed explorations of a world where our parents are not who we think they are. In this 2021 Irish horror film, the story follows Char (Hazel Doupe), her grandmother (Ingrid Craigie), and Char’s mother, Angela (Carolyn Bracken), in the aftermath of Angela’s sudden disappearance. Re-emerging, Angela is not the same parent Char has known her whole life. Exhibiting frightening new behaviors and disturbing thoughts and emotions, it’s up to Char to figure out just what happened to her mother before she’s all but lost to whatever evils have been visited upon her. An astonishing feature debut from Kate Dolan, You Are Not My Mother creates a perplexing, almost folkloric setting and atmosphere where almost any flavor of fear is possible.
Little Monsters (2019)
Little Monsters
59 %
6.3/10
r 94m
Genre Horror, Comedy
Stars Lupita Nyong'o, Alexander England, Josh Gad
Directed by Abe Forsythe
Remember that elementary school field trip where you and your peers were besieged upon by hordes of the living dead? Count yourself lucky if such madness escaped you in your youth, because in writer-director Abe Forsythe’s 2019 film Little Monsters, the onscreen kindergarten class isn’t so fortunate. With a cast led by Lupita Nyong’o as kindergarten teacher Miss Caroline, Alexander England as washed-up musician Dave, and Josh Gad as television personality Teddy McGiggles, the horror/rom-com hybrid follows the unlikely trio of adults and Miss Caroline’s students as they fight and defend themselves against zombies that have escaped from a nearby government facility. Filled with heart and soul, laugh-out-loud moments, and a healthy supply of B-movie gore, Little Monsters is an awesome summer flick that assures the viewing world that zombies still have an important place in horror cinema.
Little Joe (2019)
Little Joe
60 %
5.8/10
r 106m
Genre Drama, Science Fiction
Stars Emily Beecham, Ben Whishaw, Kerry Fox
Directed by Jessica Hausner
Little Joe stars Emily Beecham as Alice, a botanist who invents a new species of flower that she names “Little Joe” in honor of her son. Little Joe’s pollen has been meticulously engineered to deliver a sense of joy to those that come into contact with it. But this scientific heightening of emotions soon gets out of hand. As the plant’s influence begins making people act crazy, Alice must come up with a way to deal with her creation before its deadly reign of euphoria cripples the local population. A lo-fi blending of horror and sci-fi, Little Joe is a brilliant piece of genre filmmaking that proves just how far you can go with a singularly gripping concept and a shoestring budget.
Oculus (2013)
Oculus
61 %
6.5/10
r 104m
Genre Horror
Stars Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites, Katee Sackhoff
Directed by Mike Flanagan
Writer-director Mike Flanagan has forged a prosperous career as a horror filmmaker, with noteworthy works including Hush and Netflix’s Midnight Mass and The Haunting of Hill House series. And it all started back in 2013 with a great film called Oculus. Starring Karen Gillan and Brenton Thwaites as siblings Kaylie and Tim, the story follows both characters as they try to come to grips with the death of their parents a decade before. With the theory that an antique heirloom mirror may have been the cause of death, Kaylie and Tim discover their predictions may be all too real as the malevolent mirror begins infiltrating the minds of all who gaze upon their reflections. Oculus will keep you glued to the edge of your seat through the entire flick.
The Field Guide to Evil (2018)
The Field Guide to Evil
4.8/10
r 117m
Genre Horror
Stars Marlene Hauser, Luzia Oppermann, Karin Pauer
Directed by Veronika Franz, Peter Strickland, Calvin Lee Reeder, Ashim Ahluwalia, Katrin Gebbe, Can Evrenol, Severin Fiala, Yannis Veslemes, Agnieszka Smoczyńska

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.

Held (2020)
Held
46 %
5.2/10
r 94m
Genre Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Stars Jill Awbrey, Bart Johnson, Travis Cluff
Directed by Travis Cluff, Chris Lofing
Held stars Jill Awbrey and Bart Johnson as Emma and Henry Barrett, a married couple looking to address some of the many strifes within their relationship. After taking up residence in an isolated smart home, the couple’s idyllic retreat quickly unfurls into a sinister game of cat-and-mouse when Emma and Henry realize that their rental host, a sentient voice that speaks through the home’s automated ecosystem, knows a number of personal details about their marriage and is watching their every move. Held borrows from films like Panic Room and other single-location horror-thrillers, delivering a familiar story that gains the higher ground come the third act. Stick around for the reveal — you won’t be disappointed.
Sea Fever (2020)
Sea Fever
60 %
5.7/10
95m
Genre Science Fiction, Horror, Thriller
Stars Hermione Corfield, Ardalan Esmaili, Olwen Fouéré
Directed by Neasa Hardiman
In Sea Fever, Hermione Corfleid stars as Siobhán, a marine biology intern spending several days aboard a fish trawler for her studies. While Siobhán struggles to connect with much of the crew, the true struggle comes in the form of a mysterious aquatic devastation that descends upon the isolated vessel. As what appears to be a horrific infection begins spreading from one shipmate to the next, it’s only a matter of time before everyone succumbs to the oceanic plague. A perfect commentary on the current state of world health, Sea Fever delivers its metaphors and allegories in a slow-burning, atmospheric fashion that will keep your eyes glued to the screen from start to finish.
Agnes (2021)
Agnes
65 %
3.9/10
r 93m
Genre Drama, Horror
Stars Molly C. Quinn, Sean Gunn, Hayley McFarland
Directed by Mickey Reece
Religious fervor reaches new peaks in director Mickey Reece’s harrowing horror-drama Agnes. When a sister of faith begins experiencing wretched tendencies, an investigative priest and his apprentice are sent to the remote convent to investigate the phenomena. But as evil spreads its wings wider, not even the benevolent intentions of the priesthood can contain the demonic troubles that boil over. An atmosphere-laden tale of terror, Agnes operates more than effectively on its rather small budget, delivering chills throughout its entire runtime.
Gaia (2021)
Gaia
64 %
5.6/10
r 97m
Genre Horror, Fantasy, Drama
Stars Monique Rockman, Carel Nel, Alex van Dyk
Directed by Jaco Bouwer
In director Jaco Bouwer’s Gaia, Monique Rockman stars as the titular character, a displaced forest ranger who gets hurt on the job. Rescued by a nomadic father-and-son duo, Gaia’s troubles grow bigger when she discovers that both men are devotees to a tantalizing and mythic presence harboring deep in the woodlands. Or is it all in their heads? An eerie and hallucinatory film, Gaia will crawl directly under your skin and lurk there for weeks to come.
Willy's Wonderland (2021)
Willy's Wonderland
44 %
5.5/10
r 88m
Genre Action, Horror, Comedy
Stars Nicolas Cage, Emily Tosta, Beth Grant
Directed by Kevin Lewis
Nicholas Cage has become the unsung king of B-list horror films over the last few years, with lead performances in off-the-wall films like Mandy and Color Out of Space. In Willy’s Wonderland, the mighty Cage stars as an unnamed protagonist who agrees to take a janitorial job at Willy’s Wonderland for one night to pay for car repairs. But what Nomadic Nick doesn’t see coming is an army of animatronic foes that wage war against him. Armed with whatever he can find, the man must fight for his life to see the sunrise. A bizarre homage to the Five Nights at Freddy’s franchise, Willy’s Wonderland is a whole bunch of Cage-fueled, off-kilter fun.
Wounds (2019)
Wounds
51 %
4.1/10
r 94m
Genre Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Stars Armie Hammer, Dakota Johnson, Zazie Beetz
Directed by Babak Anvari
When Will (Armie Hammer), a down on his luck bartender, comes into possession of a cell phone left at the local dive by a college patron, he brings it home with him. Going through the device, he begins to discover some truly disturbing content. All of this is only exacerbated when the same group of college students that left the phone behind start remerging, but in ways more terrifying than Will can fathom. Wounds puts forth the efforts of a dedicated cast and an immersive atmosphere, delivering a film that works in more ways than one, while faltering a bit here and there. As a genre entry though, it’s certainly worth a watch.
Hunter Hunter (2021)
Hunter Hunter
61 %
6.4/10
r 93m
Genre Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Stars Camille Sullivan, Summer H. Howell, Devon Sawa
Directed by Shawn Linden
Nothing says “never venture into the woods” like Hunter Hunter, a taut horror-thriller from writer-director Shawn Linden. When a family of fur trappers are robbed of their livelihoods, the clan suspects a hungry wolf is to blame. When Joseph, the father, journeys off to hunt down the beast, his family is forced to survive in their remote outpost without him. Then, an injured man named Lou (Nick Stahl) arrives and things start getting very weird. An awesome gem of a small film, Hunter Hunter leans on a slow-burner tactic that will leave most genre fans highly satisfied.
We Need to Do Something (2021)
We Need to Do Something
48 %
4.5/10
r 97m
Genre Horror, Mystery
Stars Sierra McCormick, Vinessa Shaw, Pat Healy
Directed by Sean King O'Grady
Getting locked in the bathroom during an apocalyptic fallout is never fun, especially when you’re trapped in said bathroom with your mom, dad, and younger brother. In We Need to Do Something, teenaged Melissa (Sierra McCormick) must contend with her crumbling family dynamic in the wake of a devastating storm. But as parts of the outside world start slithering their way into the house, Melissa and the rest of her kin must do everything in their power to stay alive until help arrives. But will it ever? A taut closed-door chiller, We Need to Do Something will make you reconsider where you duck out during the next maelstrom.
The Other Lamb (2020)
The Other Lamb
64 %
5.2/10
r 97m
Genre Horror, Drama, Thriller
Stars Raffey Cassidy, Michiel Huisman, Denise Gough
Directed by Małgorzata Szumowska
Selah (Raffey Cassidy) has lived in a polygamist cult in a remote part of the world for her entire life thus far. But growing into a woman, the teen starts questioning the motivations of the Shepherd (Michiel Huisman), the commune’s leader who happens to have a particular affinity for young Selah. Featuring compelling performances and an otherworldly tone that combines isolation with surrealistic flashes, The Other Lamb is a brilliant piece of horror that you certainly won’t forget.
47 Meters Down (2017)
47 Meters Down
52 %
5.6/10
pg-13 89m
Genre Horror, Drama, Thriller, Adventure
Stars Mandy Moore, Claire Holt, Matthew Modine
Directed by Johannes Roberts
If you’ve ever been doubtful about deep-sea diving in shark-infested waters, 47 Meters Down will remind you that questioning the ocean is always a good idea. Starring Claire Holt and Mandy Moore as sisters Kate and Lisa, our story follows the siblings on what is supposed to be an awesome getaway to Mexico. Out at sea, things take a turn for the worse when the sisters’ shark-diving cage becomes separated from their boat. Plummeting down to Davy Jones’ Locker with dwindling oxygen, Kate and Lisa must contend with the finned foes that surround their weakening barrier. A psychological horror flick with a dab of angry nature mixed in for good measure, 47 Meters Down will keep you away from all bodies of water for a decent period of time.
The Night (2021)
The Night
68 %
5.5/10
r 105m
Genre Horror, Mystery
Stars Shahab Hosseini, Niousha Noor, George Maguire
Directed by Kourosh Ahari
The Night stars Shahab Hosseini and Niousha Noor as Babak and Neba, a married couple that rests their heads at the Hotel Normandie for an evening with their infant child. Sure, it’s a little creepy, but the husband and wife are tired. Well, it turns out sleep isn’t in the cards for them as a series of supernatural forces begin preying upon the family. A film about our inner demons boiling over and consuming us whole, The Night is built on a sordid atmosphere, arresting performances, and effective chills from start to finish.
Censor (2021)
Censor
69 %
6/10
r 84m
Genre Horror, Mystery
Stars Niamh Algar, Michael Smiley, Nicholas Burns
Directed by Prano Bailey-Bond
Enid (Niamh Algar), a film censor, protects the moviegoing public from the exploits of the “nasties” of the day. When the dutiful anti-cinephile is assigned a new disturbing film, it’s nothing but work as usual until Enid starts tracing parts of the violent picture back to a series of traumatic events that occurred in her youth — horrid acts that may have had something to do with the disappearance of her sister. An indie gem for sure, Censor may skip the radar of most Hulu-watchers of today, but we loved its performances and captivating take on the infamous phenomena that was England’s “video nasty” era.
Unsane (2018)
Unsane
63 %
6.4/10
r 98m
Genre Horror, Thriller
Stars Claire Foy, Joshua Leonard, Jay Pharoah
Directed by Steven Soderbergh
Sawyer Valentini (Claire Foy) has had a horrific two years. After the young woman relocates to Pennsylvania from Boston to escape a relentless stalker, the trauma leads her to a psychiatric center. When she signs a release form, what she doesn’t realize is that her signature has given the institution permission to keep her for 24 hours. After she lashes out at the staff, the physicians decide to extend Sawyer’s stay. As her madness and fright grow, Sawyer discovers that her stalker may be one of the orderlies walking the halls. An homage to B-movie thrills, Steven Soderbergh’s Unsane shows the maestro director experimenting with the confines of a genre he hasn’t spent much time with, along with shooting technology that many of us have right in our pockets (the entire film was shot using an iPhone 7 Plus).
Amulet (2020)
Amulet
64 %
4.8/10
r 99m
Genre Horror
Stars Carla Juri, Alec Secăreanu, Imelda Staunton
Directed by Romola Garai
When Tomaz (Alec Secareanu), an ex-soldier living in London, is forced to flee the dilapidated compound he shares with other refugees, a benevolent nun finds employment for him with a woman named Magda (Carla Juri). Caring for her ailing mother, Magda needs help with home repairs and upkeep. As Tomaz begins servicing the home, a series of strange events start unfolding, leading Tomaz to believe that there’s something sinister living all-too-close to him and his employers. A cerebral creeper with excellent character work and original storytelling, Amulet summons the demons we thought we banished to our pasts, placing these unforgiving monsters front-and-center.
She Dies Tomorrow (2020)
She Dies Tomorrow
80 %
5.1/10
r 85m
Genre Drama
Stars Kate Lyn Sheil, Jane Adams, Kentucker Audley
Directed by Amy Seimetz
When Amy (Kate Lyn Sheil) starts believing that her untimely death is just around the corner, her paranoia starts spreading like a literal plague — first to her family and friends, and then to the community at large. An existential horror masterpiece from indie stalwart Amy Seimetz, She Dies Tomorrow takes the idea of chain-mail, email blasts, and social media bloat and turns these mundane addictions into a spreadable psychosis that catches everyone off guard. Hallucinatory, disorienting, and packed with big ideas and mighty deliverables, She Dies Tomorrow is one you don’t want to miss.

Shortcut (2020)
Shortcut
26 %
4/10
r 80m
Genre Horror, Adventure, Fantasy
Stars Jack Kane, Andrei Claude, Zak Sutcliffe
Directed by Alessio Liguori
In director Alessio Liguori’s Shortcut, a group of five youths is stranded on a desolate road when their bus driver attempts to take a shortcut back into civilization. The cause of the stranding? A shadow-cloaked creature that claims the desolate country road as its own, terrorizing and stalking the teens. As the night wears on, tensions continue mounting as the kids attempt to get away from the vicious being. A campy but spirited throwback to heightened monster movies, Shortcut may not bring complete originality to the table, but the homages to ’80s chillers are enough to keep us plugged in and asking for more.

The Owners (2020)
The Owners
54 %
4.9/10
92m
Genre Thriller, Horror
Stars Maisie Williams, Sylvester McCoy, Rita Tushingham
Directed by Julius Berg
Adapted from the Hermann and Yves H. graphic novel Une Nuit de Pleine Lune, The Owners follows Gaz, Nathan, and Terry (Jake Curran, Ian Kenny, and Andrew Ellis), a band of wannabe thieves that has big plans to break into the local country manor of Dr. Huggins and his wife, Ellen. Hoping to secure a major cash haul from a hidden safe in the house, what the band of youths didn’t anticipate was a turning of the tables by the seemingly elderly homeowners, a couple with more bite than they let show on the surface. A gruesome but thrilling addition to the home invasion subgenre, The Owners places great emphasis on the talented ensemble cast, particularly Sylvester McCoy and Rita Tushingham as the tantalizing septuagenarians.

Shadow in the Cloud (2021)
Shadow in the Cloud
66 %
4.9/10
r 83m
Genre Horror, Action, War
Stars Chloë Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson, Beulah Koale
Directed by Roseanne Liang
Set during World War II, Shadow in the Cloud stars Chloë Grace Moretz as Maude Garrett, a flight officer assigned to a B-17 bomber crew. Entrusted with a series of top-secret documents, the all-male crew initially goes out of their way to prove troublesome to the squad’s female addition — that is, until a malevolent being starts destroying their aircraft as the crew enters a sky-set ambush. It’s up to Maude to overcome the monster on board the flight before the creature triggers a nose-dive ending for the hapless brigade. A satisfying blend of action and horror dressed in the threads of a period drama, Shadow in the Cloud serves up plenty of thrills through its hour-plus runtime.

Bad Hair (2021)
Bad Hair
61 %
5.5/10
tv-ma
Genre Horror, Comedy
Cast Elle Lorraine, Jay Pharoah, Lena Waithe
Anna (Elle Lorraine) is a go-getting assistant at Culture, a music network for Black artists. Hoping to climb the ranks of the corporate ladder, Anna’s big break arrives when she pitches Zora (Vanessa Williams), the new head of station programming, on a new kind of video countdown show. Impressed with her idea, Zora asks Anna to lose her Afro in favor of a weave, in keeping with the network’s modern image. But as it turns out, Anna’s new hair-do is cursed and hungry for blood. An incredible mashup of camp and satirical commentary, Bad Hair is a fun-loving ’80s horror throwback that’s dying to meet you.

Villains (2019)
Villains
63 %
6.2/10
tv-ma
Genre Comedy, Horror, Drama
Cast Bill Skarsgård, Maika Monroe, Blake Baumgartner
Mickey (Bill Skarsgård) and Jules (Maika Monroe) are criminals and lovers who have plans of packing up and heading south for Florida. After a final gas station robbery, the couple hit the road, only to run out of gas soon after. Venturing up a winding path to an isolated house, Mickey and Jules break in but are shocked to discover a child chained up in the basement. George (Jeffrey Donovan) and Gloria (Kyra Sedgwick), the homeowners, are beyond surprised when Mickey and Jules emerge upstairs. As the couple-on-the-run takes in their surroundings and potential new victims, a sinister turn of events begins unfolding. Long story short, Mickey and Jules picked the wrong house. A riveting blend of horror and comedy, Villains is a blast from start to finish.
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Let the Right One In (2008)
Let the Right One In
82 %
7.9/10
r 115m
Genre Horror, Drama
Stars Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar
Directed by Tomas Alfredson
Vampires have seen their fair share of cinema, both good and bad. Over a decade ago, there was Let the Right One In (based on the Swedish novel of the same name by John Ajvide Lindqvist), an ultra-compelling, air-brushed interpretation of classic vampiric lore. Set in Stockholm in the early 80s, we follow Oskar (Kåre Hedebrant) through his everyday tribulations as a bullied adolescent. When a quiet, pale-faced girl named Eli (Lina Leandersson) moves in next door to him, the two youths foster a friendship. Unbeknownst to Oskar, Eli is actually a budding vampiress living under the watchful eye of Håkan, her late-aged guardian and keeper. Foregoing tropes and easy scares, Let the Right One In instead focuses on the emotional connection between the film’s two fragile youths, an impressive character study set against the moody nighttime exteriors of a snowy Stockholm. Critics raved that Let the Right One In pumped new life into the overly trod vampire genre. Now, you be the judge.
The Lodge (2020)
The Lodge
64 %
6/10
r 108m
Genre Drama, Horror, Thriller
Stars Riley Keough, Jaeden Martell, Lia McHugh
Directed by Veronika Franz, Severin Fiala
Nothing says “bad times for all” like a traumatized stepmom-to-be getting snowed in with her embittered and equally traumatized stepchildren — in the middle of nowhere. From the malicious minds that brought us 2014’s Goodnight Mommy, The Lodge is a discomforting blend of close-quarters madness, familial frailty, and religious insanity. Indie stalwart Riley Keough delivers a restrained but haunting performance as the rattled stepmother. As strange events begin piling up at the remote cabin, the stepchildren (played by Jaeden Martell and Lia McHugh) do a little digging and discover their new mom is the single escapee of a very dark past. Intense, lurking visuals, oppressively dim lighting, and a dooming score are the backbone to this tale of winter woe that will keep you guessing from start to finish. Think The Shining, but on a painfully microcosmic scale.

Shirley (2020)
Shirley
76 %
6.1/10
r 107m
Genre Drama, Thriller
Stars Elisabeth Moss, Odessa Young, Michael Stuhlbarg
Directed by Josephine Decker
Elisabeth Moss is mesmerizing as the titular Shirley Jackson, the famed horror novelist behind such books as The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle. Director Josephine Decker’s film is an adaptation of Susan Scarff Merrell’s 2014 novel of the same name, about a young couple, Fred and Rose (Logan Lerman and Odessa Young), who moves in with Shirley Jackson and her husband, Stanley Hyman (Michael Stuhlbarg). As Rose starts to befriend Shirley, a series of unusual events and increasing psychological duress morphs a once-promising living situation into a perplexing nightmare for all involved. The entire cast is on fire in Decker’s film, creating a tormented stage of performances not unlike the battered and belligerent souls of Edward Albee’s famous 1962 play, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? While less an outright horror film, Shirley effectively builds its terror-laced atmosphere through a slow burn of rich little oddities and uncanny phenomena. Regardless of its exact genre pinnings, we highly recommend it.

Wrinkles the Clown (2019)
Wrinkles the Clown
53 %
4.9/10
r 75m
Genre Documentary
Stars Wrinkles the Clown
Directed by Michael Beach Nichols
Is your child misbehaving? For a nominal fee, Florida residents can call in Wrinkles, a professional creeper clown, to scare the kiddies straight. Wrinkles the Clown is a multilayered documentary about the very real clown for hire, focusing on the man behind the mask, the communities he serves, the families that call upon his services, and the internet-obsessed teens who use his phone number as a thrilling rite of passage. Wrinkles the Clown is sincerely uncomfortable but also utterly fascinating. Just as we begin to get used to the film’s odd cast of characters, the doc does a complete 180, unfolding an entirely new layer to the Wrinkles mythos. What new layer, exactly? You’ll just have to see for yourself.

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