Best Horror Movies on Hulu (Updated for October 2022)

Here are a few of the best horror movies on Hulu. This list is designed to keep you informed about the best horror the streaming platform has to offer in 2022.

Hulu’s reimagining of Clive Barker’s Hellraiser is Hulu’s most exciting horror release in October.

Hulu is one of the world’s leading streaming platforms. Like all platforms, Hulu’s collection of thousands of TV shows and movies rotates from month to month. With that in mind, this list is maintained to always guide you to the best horror movies Hulu has to offer.

In 2019, Hulu began streaming its own original movies, starting with the horror comedy Little Monsters (2019). Since then, Hulu has shown a strong dedication to horror and thriller. Additionally, Hulu worked with Blumhouse between 2018 and 2021 to produce 24 television movies under the collective title of Into the Dark. The first section of this article lists the best ten of these Hulu-exclusive films.

Hulu also licenses movies from other providers. The second section in this article collects the best licensed films. The list is updated regularly to ensure each movie is still available to watch.

Top Ten Hulu Original Horror Movies

Flesh & Blood (2018)

Flesh & Blood (2018).
Flesh & Blood is the second installment of the first season of Hulu’s Into the Dark series.

Flesh & Blood is a tense thriller about a teenage girl, Kimberly (Diana Silver), who becomes increasingly scared of her own father. Kimberly’s mother (Meredith Salinger) was murdered, and since then Kimberly has developed a severe case of agoraphobia. Kimberly has trouble leaving her house, even when she becomes suspicious that her father, Henry (Dermot Mulroney), may be involved in a series of local murders. The mystery of Flesh & Blood is built well and provides great tension for the movie’s big finale.

Pooka! (2018)

Pooka (2018).
Before Pooka!, director Nacho Vigalondo wrote and directed Colossal (2016) starring Anne Hathaway.

Released just in time for Christmas 2018, Pooka! is about Wilson Clowes (Nyasha Hatendi), an unemployed actor who finds a holiday job working as a mascot for the year’s hottest toy, Pooka. Pooka is a weird, animal-like doll that repeats words spoken to it in a nice voice or a naughty voice. Wilson’s job is to don a Pooka suit and help create excitement for the creepy toy, but the nice/naughty duality of the Pooka costume is beginning to cause Wilson to think about doing some very horrible things.

Little Monsters (2019)

Lupita Nyong'o in Little Monsters (2019).
Little Monsters had a limited theatrical run before streaming exclusively on Hulu.

Lupita Nyong’o stars in the horror comedy Little Monsters as a kindergarten teacher trying to keep a group of children safe from a horde of zombies. The majority of the movie takes place on a farm where Miss Caroline’s (Nyong’o) class is taking a field trip, a farm which just so happens to be next to a US Army training facility where testing on the undead is taking place. Little Monsters is a fun zombie comedy with good gore, plenty of music, and a lot of heart.

Down (2019)

Down (2019).
The director of Down, Daniel Stamm, also directed the found-footage gem The Last Exorcism (2010).

As the Valentine’s Day 2019 episode of the Into the Dark series, Down tells a story of creepy obsession and a fight for survival. Jennifer (Natalie Martinez) is headed home after working late the night before Valentine’s Day, but she gets stuck in an elevator in her office building. Stuck with her is Guy (Matt Lauria), a seemingly nice guy who works on another floor of the building. With everyone else gone for the weekend and no help coming, Jennifer and Guy are forced to make the best of the situation. Something isn’t as it seems though, and the inconvenience of being stuck in an elevator becomes a life-altering ordeal for both of the elevator’s occupants.

Culture Shock (2019)

Culture Shock (2019).
Culture Shock features a great cast including Martha Higadera (seen here), Shawn Ashmore, and Barbara Crampton.

Gigi Saul Guerrero directs Culture Shock, an inventive and entertaining film built around the topic of illegal immigration. Marisol is a woman who, in the film’s first act, is doing everything she can to escape the horrific situations of her life south of the border by heading north to the United States. Once she makes it to the US, she is thrust into an “American dream” so idyllic that it seems practically surreal. Culture Shock has some strong Get Out vibes in terms of how the story and its implications are presented, and it’s one of the better entries of the first season of Into the Dark.

A Nasty Piece of Work (2019)

A Nasty Piece of Work (2019).
A Nasty Piece of Work was written by Paul Soter who is best known as part of the comedy troupe Broken Lizard (Super Troopers, Club Dread).

A Nasty Piece of Work is a fun and funny thriller about the mental strains of living a corporate life. Julian Sands stars as Steve Essex, the CEO of a corporation who has no regard for the people who work for him. During the Christmas season, Essex invites his employee Ted (Kyle Howard) to his mansion for a gathering. What Ted and his wife Tatum (Angela Sarafyan) discover is that the invitation isn’t for a party, but for a night of psychological games where Essex pits Ted against a rival employee to see how fay they’ll go to advance in the company.

Good Boy (2020)

Good Boy (2020).
Reuben the Dog’s real name is Chico. Good Boy was Chico’s third feature film, and his first horror movie.

Inspired by Pet Appreciation Week, Good Boy is possibly the cutest installment of Hulu’s Into the Dark series. The great Judy Greer plays Maggie, a journalist struggling mightily with her professional and personal lives. At the suggestion of her boss Don (Steve Guttenberg), Maggie adopts a dog as an emotional support animal. Maggie adopts Reuben, and her life starts to turn around. Not coincidentally, people who are mean to Maggie start winding up dead after Reuben enters her life.

Run (2020)

Sarah Paulson in Run (2020).
Run director and cowriter Aneesh Chaganty and cowriter Sev Ohanian also made the stellar screenlife movie Searching (2018).

Sarah Paulson leads the gripping psychological thriller Run as a mother who has some serious trouble letting go. Seventeen-year-old Chloe (Kiera Allen) is confined to a wheelchair and has been homeschooled her whole life, but she is now at the age when she’s looking forward to moving away to college. As Chloe awaits an acceptance letter, her mother Diane (Paulson) begins to act even more strange than usual. Chloe feels that something is wrong, and her investigation leads to some harsh truths.

Blood Moon (2021)

Blood Moon (2021).
Blood Moon is the final episode of the second season of Into the Dark.

Blood Moon takes a werewolf format and turns it into a dramatic and tense story about a mother and her son. Esme (Megalyn Echikunwoke) moves to a small town with her young son Luna (Yonas Kibreab), and it’s clear from the start that they are on the run. Esme is protecting her son from something, but at the same time she is also protecting other people from her son. As the movie plays out, viewers witness the impossible situation Esme is forced to navigate as the local townsfolk begin to get closer to revealing Luna’s dangerous secret.

Fresh (2022)

Fresh (2022).
Fresh costars Daisy Edgar-Jones and Sebastian Stan.

Fresh is a new and, yes, fresh take on cannibal horror movies. Noa is fed up with dating, but when she meets Steve in a random encounter in a supermarket, his charm wins her over. Noa and Steve begin a relationship that escalates quickly, but on a their first trip out of town together, Noa finds out too late that Steve isn’t who he says he is. Fresh is dark and charming in equal amounts, and it is one of the best horror movies of 2022.

Best Licensed Horror Movies on Hulu

The Blair Witch Project (1999)

The main cast shot about 20 hours of footage which was edited down to make the final movie.

Arguably the best found footage movie ever made, The Blair Witch Project is still an effectively creepy horror film. Three film students venture into the woods of Burkittsville, Maryland to make a documentary about the legend of the Blair Witch, but they never return. The premise is simple, and the rawness of the production makes it feel like we are watching actual footage from three terrified individuals.

Memories of Murder (2003)

Memories of Murder (2003).
Memories of Murder is loosely inspired by Lee Choon-jae, a South Korean serial killer who confessed to murdering at least fifteen people in the 1980s and 1990s.

Memories of Murder is an award-winning crime thriller from world-famous director Bong Joon-ho. The movie begins with two local detectives (Song Kang-ho and Kim Roi-ha) in way over their heads with a murder case. A detective from Seoul arrives to assist the detectives, and further murders send the three investigators on a difficult and emotionally jarring hunt for a serial killer. Memories of Murder was Bong Joon-ho’s second feature as a director, and it is still one of the most highly acclaimed films in his stellar filmography.

Let the Right One In (2008)

Let the Right One In (2008).
Let the Right One In was remade in America as Let Me In (2010) starring Chloe Grace Moretz.

Let the Right One In is a fabulously original take on vampires from Sweden. Thomas Alfredson directs Kare Hedebrant as Oskar, a bullied boy who befriends an odd girl named Eli (Lina Leandersson). Their relationship seems doomed, but as they grow closer they find that they may be better together than separate. Let the Right One In is cold, dark, and quiet. It was a landmark achievement for Swedish horror movies when it was released.

Black Swan (2010)

Natalie Portman in Black Swan (2010).
Darren Aronofsky wrote a script about a wrestler in love with a ballerina, but the story was essentially split into The Wrestler (2008) and Black Swan (2010).

Led by an Academy-Award-winning performance from Natalie Portman, Black Swan is Darren Aronofky’s masterful psychological horror movie about performance and paranoia. Portman is Nina, a ballerina who is on the cusp of either achieving her dream in the world of ballet or having her entire world fall apart. Nina is demure and dedicated to her art, but pressure from her director (Vincent Cassel) and the arrival of the free-spirited Lily (Mila Kunis) in her ballet company starts a chain reaction that forces Nina to reassess everything about herself. Barbara Hershey also stars as Nina’s domineering mother Erica.

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010)

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale (2010).
Rare Exports was nominated for Best International Film at the 2010 Saturn Awards.

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale is a delightful Finnish horror movie that will make change everything you think you know about Santa Claus. Pietari (Onni Tommila) lives with his parents in the harsh climate of northern Finland. Nearby, a team led by an American millionaire is looking for something in the mountains. The team finds something frozen in the ice, and what they bring up has Pietari fearing the deadly wrath of Santa Claus. Described as a Christmas movie by way of John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982), Rare Exports is a great addition to every horror fan’s holiday viewing list.

Lights Out (2016)

Lights Out (2016).
A sequel to Lights Out was announced, but no news of production ever came out.

Lights Out is an underrated supernatural horror movie from director David F. Sandberg (Annabelle: Creation). The movie is about an entity called Diana (Alicia Vela-Bailey) that can only attack attack in darkness. Diana is attached in some way to Sophia (Maria Bello), and that attachment is putting her son Martin (Gabriel Bateman) in danger. Now Sophia’s adult daughter Rebecca (Teresa Palmer) must return home to help her family uncover the mystery of why they’re being haunted by the evil spirit.

Unsane (2018)

Unsane (2018).
Unsane was shot entirely by Steven Soderberg on an iPhone.

Starring Claire Foy, Unsane is an unsettling psychological thriller that is made even scarier its naturalistic presentation. Clair Foy is Sawyer Valentini, a woman traumatized by a stalker. After moving to a new town and starting a new life, Sawyer is held at a psychiatric hospital against her will after speaking with a counselor. Anger and paranoia set in, and Sawyer begins to suspect that someone from her past may be involved in her current situation. But is it all in her head? Unsane is an excellent, low-key thriller that builds to a tense finale.

Possessor (2020)

Possessor (2020).
Possessor is directed by David Cronenberg’s son, Brandon Cronenberg.

Possessor is a hitman movie as told through the lens of science fiction and psychological horror. Andrea Riseborough stars as Tasya Vos, an assassin her performs her jobs by transferring her mind into the bodies of unwilling hosts. After completing her missions, she returns to her own body by having her host commit suicide. One day, a hit goes wrong and Tasya finds herself stuck vying for control of a host (played by Christopher Abbot) whose mind won’t be suppressed. Sean Bean and Jennifer Jason Leigh also star in this wonderfully inventive film, the second feature from Brandon Cronenberg.

Censor (2021)

Censor (2021).
Censor is the first feature film from director Prano Bailey-Bond.

Set in 1985, Censor is a great psychological horror movies set during the “Video Nasty” controversy in the United Kingdom. Enid Baines (Niamh Algar) works for the British Board of Film Classification, and she is one of the most strict censors when it comes to making recommendation for cuts and bans for the violent horror movies she screens every day. One day, Enid thinks she sees her sister in one of the videos she watches for work, but her sister has been missing and declared dead since Enid was young. Enid is prompted to investigate, but did she really see her sister, or is all of the on-screen violence she’s been subjected to beginning to mess with her mind?

Titane (2021)

Agathe Rousselle and Vincent Lindon in Titane (2021).
Writer/Director Julia Ducournau says she was inspired by Greek mythology when making Titane, specifically the complex family dynamics of the creation of the Titans and Titanides.

With body horror, mass murder, psychological horror, and family drama, Titane is a difficult movie to categorize. Regardless of genre, it is an amazing movie that goes to places most people won’t expect. The best way to watch Titane for the first time is to go into with very little knowledge of the movie’s major plot points. Without giving anything away, the movie begins by showing viewers a terrible car accident that causes a young girl to have a titanium plate inserted into her skull. She also seems to love cars. The story then follows the girl, Alexia (Agathe Rousselle), as an adult as she finds her place in life.

Hatching (2022)

Hatching (2022)
Hatching is the first feature film from director Hannah Bergholm.

This Finnish horror movie is about a young girl, Tinja (Siiri Solalinna), and her struggles to deal with her overbearing, selfish mother. The mother (Sophia Heikkila) tries to create the image of a perfect family for her followers online, but the pressure she puts on her family causes them each to act out in their own ways. When Tinja finds an egg in the woods, she decides to take it home and raise it as her own, even when the creature that emerges turns out to be some sort of mysterious beast. Beautifully shot and littered with metaphors, Hatching is one of the standout horror films from 2022.

Upcoming Hulu Original Horror Movies

Hellraiser (2022)

Streaming October 7.
This new adaptation of Clive Barker’s novella The Hellbound Heart (1986) stars Jamie Clayton as a new, androgynous incarnation of the Hell Priest (aka Pinhead).

Grimcutty (2022)

Streaming October 10.
An internet meme comes to life, compelling teens to harm themselves and others in this monster movie featuring Shannyn Sossamon.

Matriarch (2022)

Streaming October 21.
After surviving an overdose, a woman (Jemima Rooper) returns home to her mother where she discovers that her personal demons may be real.

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Chris Catt

Chris has a degree in film studies at Temple University’s campus in Tokyo, Japan. He is a renowned expert on horror cinema.