Hulu is intimidating what Netflix stands for rom-coms – in short, invigorating. Hulu has slowly developed its own unique collection of short and long-form horror, from TV shows to big budget blockbusters, paying extra attention to the genre with its many originals.




In recent years, Hulu has turned to revitalizing its beloved horror IP for inspiration. And who can blame them! Doing so enhances where the originals are widely available while giving Hulu access to proven content for its subscribers. This, combined with the abundance of additional streaming options, allows viewers to sort through more tantalizing delights rather than having to pay for a more specialized streaming service.

With all that to sort from, here are the best of the best from Hulu if all things spine-tingling scary.



Aliens

Twentieth Century Fox

Aliens is one of those films that could easily fit into a slate of action, sci-fi, or horror, though there’s no arguing about the visual scares of this epic, horrible sequel to 1986’s Ridley Scott film. alien. Written and directed by James Cameron, this title is a favorite among the ever-evolving franchise, and for good reason. While the first movie about a haunted house in space was certainly original, this one took the time to flesh out its special effects and characters, including its leading lady, Ripley, played by the incomparable Sigourney Weaver.

Aliens It leads to more than 50 years after the first. During that time, Ripley is alone floating in space. Picked up by a rescue ship, she warns anyone who will listen of the dangers of alien eggs on LV-426. When the Weyland-Yutani Corporation loses contact with a colony built in the same place, it sets out with a crew of space marines to save what’s left, with deadly consequences.

While its predecessor was slow building in atmosphere, this sequel ramps up the action right from the start, making it one of the most memorable games out there. At the same time, the deep dive into Ripley’s character and general themes of motherhood and feminism help really bring out this creature’s merit.

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victim

Amber Midthunder as Narrow in Prey
20th Century Studios / Hulu

2022 victim It established itself as an instant classic, and the second became the most-watched premiere on Hulu at the time. The film is a continuation of predator series, which began with classics by Schwarzenegger and Glover in 1987 and 1990, respectively.

This iteration looked to the past for inspiration, all the way back to 1719, with an emphasis on the Comanche tribe. The main protagonist is a female warrior-in-training struggling to prove her worth to her comrades and herself amidst encroaching colonization…and now, of course, alien warfare.

This movie is one of the most successful Hulu franchise reboots to date, and it puts a lot of effort into originality, all of which is more than evident in the final cut. Featuring a mostly original cast, this historically accurate film was shot in both English and Comanche to avoid the “Hunt for Red October” effect of the harsh transition in the language. Even the dog, who was adopted during the making of the movie, was of a breed known to trace back to the early settlers. The Predator himself got into the action, wearing a bone-like suit and weapons better suited to the prey at the time. The film also made several references to the originals, from revamping Arnold’s direct lines to the beneficial use of swamp mud.

Fresh

Daisy Edgar Jones as Noah on Hulu's Fresh
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Fresh It is a movie best shot on an empty stomach. The film stars Daisy Edgar Jones and Sebastian Stan as a man with a discerning taste for the meat of young women.

This film marked the debut of Mimi Cave along with a wonderful screenplay by Lauren Kahn, who inspired the creation of a film for both horror fans and scaredy-cat fans alike. A disturbingly provocative take on modern dating, this cannibal horror film and violent misogyny has been named one of the best films of 2022.

Hellraiser

Jimmy Clayton as Pinhead in Hellraiser
Hulu

No, unfortunately Hulu didn’t have the original version Hellraiser (It can be watched for free on Tubi and Pluto TV, or with an AMC+ subscription.) However, Hulu’s original version of Hellraiser proved to be revitalizing for the franchise when it premiered in 2022. In it, a recovering drug addict struggling to find her place in the world encounters a mysterious puzzle box with the ability to summon cenobites, humans who thrive on the pleasure of pain. In doing so, she unleashes a catastrophic chain of events that will change not only the course of her life, but the lives of those who chose to stay by her side.

While the incomparable Clive Barker wasn’t involved in this 2022 iteration, the changes to cast, effects, and story were much-needed updates. Needless to say, this Monkey’s Claw’s depiction of tormented characters in an increasingly torturing world is not for the faint of heart, but it is an exceptional portrait of substance abuse and obsession.

Related: How Hellraiser 2022 Changes the Franchise Moving Forward

little monsters

Little Monsters SXSW review: Lupita Nyong'o is killing it in this Australian zombie comedy
Hulu

Not to be confused with the 1989 Fred Savage classic, little monsters Features Lupita Nyong’o as a teacher who is stuck on a field trip during a zombie outbreak. Playing alongside her is Alexander England, Josh Gad, and of course, a whole cast of young men.

Keeping kids calm in the best of circumstances is challenging enough, but this movie raises that risk to a cool million watts with the rise of the undead and the fall from grace of the beloved childhood creature. Either way, this multi-genre musical-horror comedy is sure to please.

opinion

Lee Whannell in Saw 2004
Lions gate movies

opinion is the debut of this popular series about a twisted serial killer who tests the will of his victims with “games” of mounting physical and psychological torture. The film features Leigh Whannell and Cary Elwes as two men trapped in a room with a dead body, and Danny Glover is a detective who can’t let go of a case. This movie took a while to come to fruition, finally premiering at Sundance in 2004 before being released theatrically in October.

This soon-to-be influential James Wan original franchise kicked off the series on an unexpected note. With a twist ending that has to be seen to be believed, this modern classic has absolutely cemented itself as a must-have for all horror fans.

Beetlejuice

Michael Keaton at Beetlejuice
Warner Bros.

Beetlejuice is a classic horror comedy from the mind of legendary director Tim Burton. Starring Michael Keaton as the main character, this movie is the character of the legendary cast, from Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis to Katherine O’Hara and Winona Ryder.

The story begins with what else, but the premature demise of a pair of newlyweds. When their original home is sold in the aftermath of their deaths, they enlist the help of Beetlejuice, an eccentric exorcist from the spirit world, to get rid of unwanted life.

While this is easily the most tame “horror” movie on this list, what with a PG rating, BeetlejuiceIts status as a Halloween staple is perfectly cemented. It would even go on to inspire a popular Broadway musical, and a long-awaited sequel is in the works.

The ABCs of death

A scene from the ABCs of death.
Magnolia Pictures

To say that 2012 The ABCs of death It was a huge project, far from underestimated. Uniting 26 of the best horror filmmakers in the business at the time, each given the task of portraying death in numbers…or, in this case, letters. Each letter of the alphabet corresponds to a new death and a new story about that death, all in a fairly short time.

Although the reviews for this movie are quite mixed, such an undertaking should be rewarded with at least a sneak peek, as many of these shorts are completely ingenious.

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil

Tucker & Dale in Tucker & Dale vs.  Evil
Magnet launch

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil The ultimate slasher movie puzzle poses. What if scary men in the woods he did not do do it? This movie showcases the star powers of Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine as two miserable but good-natured guys who are believed to be serial killers by a group of college kids.

The line between killer and victim becomes steadily blurred as those who suspect their guilt begin to die slowly at their humble hands. At the risk of there being too many horror comedies on this list, this title deserves a spot for the sheer brilliance of classic horror team-ups.

Related: 10 Horror Comedies That Are Actually Scary

V / H / S.

V / H / S / 94
goosebumps

V / H / S. is a found footage anthology film whose stories are closely linked on a series of VHS tapes. It’s up to a group of misfits set out to find a certain tape to leave the room they’re in with their sanity.

With six individual stories and an ongoing interlude, the plot packs a lot into a short time frame, so it can be hard to keep up. However, this original film spawned a franchise of its own mini-movies after its initial release in 2012, with six films in total to date.

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