The Best Horror Movies on Hulu Right Now (January 2022)
A howl in the night. A vengeful spirit. A final girl running to safety. Sometimes you just want to watch those classic horror stories and hit those favorite horror beats. Fortunately, if you're in the market for some streaming screams, Hulu has a solid lineup of scary movies to get the job done.
From the classics to current hits to indie gems that flew under the radar, we're highlighting the best of the horrifying bunch. Their library has some familiar franchise titles like , but it's also full of hidden gems like the serial killer drama Friday the 13thand the delightful 90s horror throwbackand the delightful 90s horror throwbackThe Clovehitch Killer..Tragedy Girls
Yep, Hulu's got a lot of great picks, but their library navigation can make them hard to find sometimes, so we've made it easy with the best of the best listed below.
If you didn't find the scares you're looking for here, be sure to check out more of our horror streaming recs over at the Best Horror Movies on Netflix, the Best Horror Movies on HBO Max and the Best Horror Movies on Amazon Prime.
Editor's note: This list was updated January 2022 to remove Crawl, Hounds of Love, Pyewacket, Ghost Stories, Pet Sematary.
New additions include: Censor, Friday the 13th, Se7en, Resident Evil
Director: Prano Bailey-Bond
Writer: Prano Bailey-Bond and Andrew Fletcher
Cast: Niamh Algar, Michael Smiley, Nicholas Burns
Most horror fans would not consider the hero of a horror film to be the one who edits and censors the films for the ratings board. Yet, this one does, and does a brilliant job. Enid (Niamh Algar) is a quiet, no-nonsense film censor, haunted by the tragic disappearance of her sister when they were children, playing in the woods. She has never quite recovered from that, and looks for her sister everywhere. She thinks she sees her sister in one particularly gruesome horror film, and goes seeking other works by the director. This leads her down a rabbit hole of "video nasties" and sets her on a dangerous path. is set in the 1980s, but it isn't flashy about it: no big 1980s hair, no bright 1980s clothing, no 1980s synth pop. It is subtle, mostly in its use of the video nasties, videotape, and lack of internet or cell phones. A haunting, engaging film. - CensorAlyse Wax
Friday the 13th
Director: Sean S. Cunningham
Writer: Victor Miller
Cast: Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, Kevin Bacon
One of the earliest slasher films, set off a franchise that includes nearly a dozen sequels and remakes, a TV series (in name alone), video games, and more memorabilia than you can shake a machete at. Newcomers to the franchise may be surprised to learn that Jason Voorhees doesn't don his signature hockey mask in this film. But there are kills aplenty at this summer camp that defined the "dangers of camping" trope. - Friday the 13thAlyse Wax
Director: David Fincher
Writer: Andrew Kevin Walker
Cast: Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman, Gwyneth Paltrow
is a haunting detective story goes way beyond "whodunnit." Se7enBrad PittandMorgan Freemanare investigating a series of heinous murders in which each killing is done in the vein of one of the seven deadly sins. The film is brutal and gory. I would expect nothing less fromDavid Fincher. -Alyse Wax
Director/Writer: Paul W.S. Anderson
Cast: Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, Eric Mabius
If you enjoyed , check out the movie that started the franchise. Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon CitystarsstarsResident EvilMilla Jovovichas Alice, the badass who is determined to clean up after the Umbrella Corporation's biotech chemicals have created zombies... and worse. If you are looking for high-intensity action and lots of cool monsters, this is one you can't miss. -Alyse Wax
Director/Writer: Brandon Cronenberg
Cast: Andrea Riseborough, Christopher Abbott, Sean Bean, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tuppence Middleton
A kaleidoscopic psychological freakout film, sees PossessorfilmmakerfilmmakerAntiviralBrandon Cronenbergstick the landing on his long-awaited sophomore feature while delivering plenty of the body horror film lovers have come to associate with the Cronenberg name.Andrea Riseboroughstars as Vos, a high-tech assassin, who uses a mind-melding technology to take over the body of an unsuspecting victim, use their body to execute her hit, and leaving the host dead in an apparent suicide before her mind returns to her own body. But with her personal life falling apart and her horrendously violent deeds blurring the thinly drawn lines of her identities, Vos winds up in a wild war of attrition against her next mark (Christopher Abbott), who fights back from the inside. Vibrant, grotesque, and fabulously performed by Riseborough and Abbott,Possessoris one of the gnarliest, bloodiest horror movies you'll find on streaming right now, but it's also a hell of a compelling sci-fi film, packing the kind of fascinating ideas that take hold of your mind, and keep wriggling around in there long after the last drop of blood is spilled. --Haleigh Foutch
Director: Adam Wingard
Writer: Simon Barrett
Cast: Sharni Vinson, A.J. Bowen, Barbara Crampton, Amy Seimetz, Joe Swanberg, Ti West, Rob Moran, Margaret Laney
A refreshing spin on the familiar home invasion subgenre, was about as buzzy as a festival horror hit can get after its 2011 TIFF debut, announcing the arrival of You're NextAdam Wingardas a filmmaker to watch long before..Godzilla vs. KongSharni Vinsonstars as Erin, a woman meeting her boyfriend's stuffy and dysfunctional family for the first time when, suddenly, arrows start flying and it becomes a life or death battle for more than winning over your boyfriend's parents. The twist is that Erin is a hell of a survivor, trained for exactly this kind of assault, which tees up all kind of delightfully vicious set-pieces.You're Nextalso has one heck of an interesting cast, with Wingard's fellow up-and-coming filmmakers likeAmy Seimetz,Joe Swanberg, andTi Westturning in performances. And perhaps the greatest gift this one has to give,Barbara Crampton's long-awaited return to the horror genre, which reignited the iconic actress's career. -Haleigh Foutch
Director: Tyler MacIntyre
Writers: Chris Lee Hill, Tyler MacIntyre
Cast: Brianna Hildebrand, Alexandra Shipp, Kevin Durand, Craig Robinson, Jack Quaid
My favorite horror movie of all time is Scream; I was bound to fall for . (Bonus points for a Tragedy GirlsFinal Destinationreference, too.) The movie stars Brianna Hildebrand and Alexandra Shipp as McKayla and Sadie, respectively. They’re BFFAEAE and are obsessed with hitting it big on social media. (Surprise, surprise.) They also happen to be obsessed with murder. Combining their two passions, the Tragedy Girls manage to kidnap a local serial killer (Kevin Durand) and then put his expertise to use in order to put together a legendary killing spree of their own.
Tragedy Girls is a super twisted watch with a real nasty mean streak. (Think , but with boatloads of carnage.) Pair that with an effective buoyancy, and you wind up with a wannabe serial killer romp loaded with charm, energy, and a unique vicious playfulness. Hildebrand and Shipp have been beefing up their filmographies ever since Mean GirlsTragedy Girlsdebuted at SXSW back in 2017, but if you’re first getting a taste of what they’re capable of when in the spotlight viaTragedy Girls, this movie makes it abundantly clear that the two are absolutely brimming with star power and charisma. #blessed- Perri Nemiroff
Director: Bong Joon-ho
Writers: Bong Joon-ho
Cast: Song Kang-ho, Byun Hee-bong, Park Hae-il, Bae Doona, and Go Auh-sung
Oscar-winning filmmaker Bong Joon-ho’s films kind of defy genre definition because they contain multitudes, but his 2008 movie certainly fits the bills of “monster movie” and “horror movie,” among others. The film follows the fallout when a monster created by Americans dumping chemicals down a Korean drain pipe wreaks havoc on the city.When a man’s daughter is kidnapped by said monster, he risks everything to hunt and kill the monster and bring his daughter back. The film is frightening, intense, funny, resonant and sad all at once, serving as further proof that Bong Joon-ho is one of the best directors working today. - The HostAdam Chitwood
Writer/Director: Abe Forsythe
Cast: Lupita Nyong'o, Josh Gad, Alexander England, Diesel La Torca
This delightful zombie comedy hails from Australian filmmaker Abe Forsythe (Down Under) and stars Lupita Nyong'o as an ass-kicking kindergarten teacher who winds up trapped in a zombie apocalypse with a classful of kids, a deadbeat volunteer chaperone (Alexander England), and a self-obsessed children's TV star who brings nothing to the table but ego (Josh Gad). Throw in the world's cutest fan in the offensively adorable Star WarsDiesel La Torraca, a few rounds of Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off", and an absolutely slaying Nyong'o in the midst of zombie action, and you've got a crowd-pleasing horror-comedy just in time for Halloween.
Collider's Perri Nemiroff described in her review, "Little Monsters knows exactly what it is and what it’s working with, and it plays into those qualities very well, keeping the energy sky-high from start to finish, and also slowly slipping in some real emotion. It’s a delightfully crude, wild ride with a standout performance that continues to prove Nyong’o can do no wrong, and also serves as a nice reminder of the importance of a great teacher. And as an added bonus, Little Monsters also rocks one of the best references I’ve ever seen in a movie." And she ain't lyin' -- as heartfelt as it is foul, Star WarsLittle Monstersis delightful and breezy zom-com boosted by Nyong'o's magnetic star power. --Haleigh Foutch
The Clovehitch Killer
Director: Duncan Stiles
Writer: Christopher Ford
Cast: Dylan McDermott, Charlie Plummer, Samantha Mathis, Madisen Beaty
A classic naturalistic serial killer drama with just enough flourish of weirdness, thrives thanks to a delightfully oddball performance from The Clovehitch KillerDylan McDermottas the murderer in question. Set in a quintessential American suburb,The Clovehitch KillerstarsCharlie Plummeras a young boy who starts to think his father may be a long-hunted serial killer... and he's right. Featuring horrific, almost documentary-style depictions of violent crime that never feel exploitative, the film delivers on the horror, but by accessing the frights from the family perspective, it also laces in some strong character drama and coming-of-age themes to match.American Horror Storymay have prepared you for sad masturbating McDermott, butThe Clovehitch Killeris a horror story that lets him get even weirder and more wonderful as the dopey deviant next door. --Haleigh Foutch