Best Horror Movies on Hulu (January 2023)

Collected here are 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 2023.

The Exorcist III (1990) is incredibly scary, and it contains one of the greatest cinematic jumpscares of all time.

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.

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.

Prey (2022)

Prey (2022)
Amber Midthunder stars as Naru, a Comanche woman who faces off against a Predator in the year 1719.

Directed by Dan Trachtenberg (10 Cloverfield Lane, 2016), Prey is the fifth installment of the long-running Predator series. Set hundreds of years before any other film in the franchise, the movie is about a young, female Comanche healer, Naru, who wishes to prove herself as a warrior. When a Predator arrives from space, Naru becomes her people’s best hope for defeating the alien hunter.

Hellraiser (2022)

Hellraiser (2022)
This reimagining of Clive Barker’s novella The Hellbound Heart (1986) stars Jamie Clayton as a new, androgynous incarnation of the Hell Priest (aka Pinhead).

Filled with creepy new Cenobite designs and some grand cosmic-horror visuals, director David Bruckner’s Hellraiser is a good modern version of Clive Barker’s original idea. The movie stars Odessa A’zion as Riley McKendry, a recovering drug addict who comes into possession of a strange and beautiful puzzle box. Riley is then thrust into a terrifying struggle not just for her own soul, but for the souls of her friends and family as the mysteries of the puzzle box reveal themselves.

Best Licensed Horror Movies on Hulu

Cat People (1942)

Cat People (1942)
Cat People was directed by Jacques Tourneur who had an extensive career in genre movies including I Walked With a Zombie (1943) and Curse of the Demon (1957).

Part supernatural horror and part romantic melodrama, Cat People is one of the standout horror films of the 1940s. Serbian-born Irena Dubrovna (Simone Simon) falls in love with a charming man named Oliver Reed (Kent Smith), but she believes their relationship is doomed. Irena was raised to believe that her bloodline contains a curse that turns anyone in their family into a wild panther if they become too aroused by passion. Is Irena scared of nothing, or is there truth to the stories she’s been told? Cat People relies on fear of the unknown and fear of intimacy, making it an effective chiller even now, many decades after its release.

Sisters (1972)

Margot Kidder in Sisters (1972)
Sisters is heavily inspired by the works and style of Alfred Hitchcock. (pictured: Margot Kidder)

From director Brian De Palma, Sisters is a fantastic psychological horror film about a murder investigation. A reporter, Grace Collier (Jennifer Salt), witnesses a murder from her window, but when police arrive they can’t find a body. Grace decides to investigate herself, discovering more than she expected about her prime suspect, a French-Canadian model with a twin sister (Margot Kidder).

My Bloody Valentine (1981)

My Bloody Valentine (1981)
Hulu has the R-rated version of My Bloody Valentine, but an unrated version is available on Blu-ray that contains more gore.

Next to Halloween (1978), My Bloody Valentine may be the very best holiday slasher ever made. The town of Valentine Bluffs has banned Valentine’s Day celebrations ever since a mining accident led to a miner named Harry Warden murdering people twenty years ago. Now, the young people of town are determined to hold a Valentine’s Day party, but the return of festivities also bring back the killings. Is Harry Warden back?

Christine (1983)

Christine (1983)
David Gordon Green was inspired by Christine when making Halloween Ends (2022).

Directed by John Carpenter and based on the novel by Stephen King, Christine is one of the greats of automobile horror movies. Arnie Cunningham’s life begins to turn around as he restores a 1958 Plymouth Fury he names Christine, but his obsession with the car turns deadly. Christine, with a life of its own, becomes just as protective of Arnie as Arnie is of Christine.

The Exorcist III (1990)

The Exorcist 3 (1990)
The Exorcist III is the scariest movie currently on Hulu.

Set fifteen years after the original movie, The Exorcist III follows Lt. Kinderman (George C. Scott) as he investigates a series of killings tied to the Gemini Killer (Brad Dourif), a murderer who was executed years earlier. The killer may be in possession of one of Kinderman’s old friends, Damien Karras (Jason Miller), one of the priests who took part in the possession of Regan MacNeil and who is currently incarcerated in a psychiatric hospital.

Saw (2004)

Saw (2004)
A tenth Saw movie is set to be released in 2023.

Adam (Leigh Whannell, who is also the scriptwriter) and Dr. Gordon (Cary Elwes) wake up in a filthy room, each chained to opposite walls by their ankles. In-between them is a dead man with a gun. How did they get there? And more importantly, how can they escape? This first film in the Saw franchise from Whannell and James Wan is the best in the series, supporting itself with a good mystery and escape-room-style puzzles.

Silent Hill (2006)

Silent Hill (2006)
Silent Hill is based on the video game from 1999, though some changes were made to the story.

Silent Hill stands out as one of the better video-game adaptations to ever make it to the big screen. Young Sharon Da Silva (Jodelle Ferland) has recurring nightmares about a town called Silent Hill, so her mother Rose (Radha Mitchell) takes Sharon to the abandoned town to try to find answers. Rose quickly loses Sharon upon arrival in Silent Hill, and as Rose searches for her daughter, she discovers cults and monsters that show her that Silent Hill isn’t abandoned after all.

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.

I Saw the Devil (2010)

I Saw the Devil (2010)
I Saw the Devil stars Lee Byung-hun (pictured left) and Choi Min-sik (who also starred in the hit revenge film Oldboy, 2003).

I Saw the Devil is one of South Korea‘s most intense and scary crime thrillers. Directed by Kim Jee-woon (A Tale of Two Sisters), the movie follows a government agent who seeks revenge on the serial killer who murdered his fiancée. As the agent gets closer to his target, it becomes clear that he doesn’t just want to stop the killer, he wants to make him suffer. Bloody, violent, and filled with uncomfortable themes, I Saw the Devil is a movie that can’t easily be forgotten once you’ve seen it.

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.

The Night House (2020)

Rebecca Hall in The Night House (2020)
Rebecca Hall stars as a grieving widow tryin to figure out the mystery of her husband’s death in The Night House.

From director David Bruckner, the director of the 2022 Hellraiser reboot, The Night House is a chilling movie that combines mystery, the supernatural, psychological horror, and architecture. After Beth’s husband commits suicide, Beth is left alone to pick up the pieces of her life. Beth begins to feel a presence in the house she and her husband shared, and her investigation into what might have caused him to leave her leads Beth to some startling discoveries.

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.

Underwater (2020)

Underwater (2020)
Underwater features a superb cast including Kristen Stewart (pictured), Vincent Cassel, Jessica Henwick, John Gallagher Jr., Mamoudou Athie, and TJ Miller.

Reminiscent of the underwater horror movies of the late 1980s and early 1990s, Underwater is a fantastic monster movie set on the ocean floor. Kristen Stewart is Norah Price, a survivor of an ongoing disaster in an underwater mining facility. The structures are collapsing in on themselves, and Norah, along with a small group of fellow survivors, must venture out into the inky blackness of the sea to try to reach the only workable escape pods. Unfortunately for them, something monstrous is lurking in the water.

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.

Dashcam (2021)

Annie Hardy in Dashcam (2022)
Dashcam was directed by Rob Savage, director of the supernatural screenlife horror film Host (2020).

Dashcam is a computer screen/found footage film that follows Annie Hardy, a streamer who performs impromptu raps and likes to cause as much chaos as possible. While visiting a friend in London, Annie decides to take a delivery job which has her escorting an old woman to a mysterious location. The woman isn’t as she seems though, and Annie is in for a chaotic night of survival amidst supernatural forces.

New & Upcoming Horror Movies on Hulu

  • The Boogeyman (Release date TBD, 2023) – Rob Savage (Host, Dashcam) directs this adaptation of the Stephen King story of the same name in this Hulu Original.
  • Dust (Release date TBD) – Sarah Paulson stars in this psychological horror Hulu Original about a mother who must protect her family from a mysterious presence in a dust storm.
  • Nightbitch (Release date TBD) – Based on the novel of the same name by Rachel Yoder, Nightbitch is a Hulu Original starring Amy Adams as a mother who believes she periodically turns into a dog.

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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.