We’ll be right up front: if you’re a horror purist, you’ll find that Hulu is severely lacking in great horror flicks. While there are plenty of scary and thrilling movies on offer from the popular streaming service, the pure horror genre is in meager supply. Luckily, we can still make a great list of the best scary movies on Hulu, assuming you won’t go into a rage over how many of our selections are not traditional horror films.
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If you don’t yet have a Hulu subscription, it really is a terrific value. On top of the movies listed below, there are also some great comedies, documentaries, and TV shows available to binge. If you’re a horror fan looking to get the most bang for your buck, though, we highly recommend checking out Shudder, which is a streaming service made just for you.
If all you’re looking for right now is a good movie that will also inject a little bit of terror into your evening, you’ve come to the right place. Check out our list of the best scary movies on Hulu below!
The ten best scary movies on Hulu:
Editor’s note: We will update our list of the best scary movies on Hulu regularly as the service rotates its movie library.
1. Child’s Play (2019)
The remake of the original version of Child’s Play is one of the best scary movies on Hulu. You might not think that a movie about a possessed small doll would be a good horror film, but it’s surprisingly effective at what it sets out to do: scare the pants off of you.
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This movie also takes a few shots at so-called “smart home devices.” This time, the killer doll is also a tech marvel designed to control all of the smart home products in a house. Unfortunately, one of the dolls that got out of the factory had its AI safety protocols shut off. You can guess what happens next.
Parasite was the surprise winner of the 2019 Academy Award for Best Picture. In retrospect, it shouldn’t have been a surprise at all. Direct Bong Joon-ho created a timely look at the class system that is still around all over the world. A poor family in South Korea poses as more well-to-do individuals in order to get employed by a highly wealthy family. The movie quickly takes a very dark turn and exposes both the poor family’s lies and the rich family’s secrets. This is definitely one of the best scary movies on Hulu.
3. The Cabin in the Woods
The Cabin in the Woods, in many ways, is a quintessential horror film. The only reason it’s not a “pure” horror film is that it’s so damn funny.
Written by Joss Whedon — the creator of Buffy the Vampire Slayer — The Cabin in the Woods is like a horror version of The Wizard of Oz. The curtain is pulled back and we see that the old tropes of scantily clad teenagers getting lost in the woods and making stupid decisions that get them killed is actually by design.
We don’t want to give away too much of the plot as going into the movie not knowing what to expect is half the fun. Just be prepared to laugh as well as scream with this one, as it works equally on both levels. Either way, it’s one of the best scary movies on Hulu!
4. Let The Right One In
This 2008 movie is yet another foreign language film (from Sweden) on this list. However, it is still one of the best scary movies on Hulu. A 12-year old boy is dealing with typical things from his age. He gets picked on by bullies and is just looking for a friend to help him out.
He then runs into a 12-year old girl, and they become friends. Then, the murders in his small town start to pile up, and he discovers his new friend is responsible. Why? Because this young girl is also a vampire. While this film is a tad slow at times, it is highly atmospheric and, of course, very scary in many parts.
5. Hellbound: Hellraiser 2
Unfortunately, the original Hellraiser is not currently one of the scary movies on Hulu that you’re able to watch. That film is a bonafide horror classic, and it’s essential you watch it before attempting to watch Hellbound: Hellraiser 2.
If you’ve seen Hellraiser before or are able to watch it via another streaming service, Hellbound: Hellraiser 2 is worth checking out. While it’s definitively not as good as the original, it’s absolutely the best of the sequels (of which there are too many, and most of them are awful).
Hellbound: Hellraiser 2 is also one of the most well-made films in the series. Since the original film was such a success, the filmmaking team had more money when making this one, and you can see it in every frame.
We’ll give you a heads up though: if you are squeamish about blood, gore, or explicit sexual situations, this is not the film for you. Some of its elements might seem tame by today’s standards, but this film still earns its “R” rating.
Prior to the release of Overlord, rumors suggested that it would be a new installment in the very loose Cloverfield series. However, the final cut of the film has no connection with the Cloverfield universe although, after watching it, you can see how it could easily fit with just one expository scene inserted.
Overlord centers on a group of American soldiers in World War II who are dropped behind enemy lines shortly before the D-Day invasion is set to begin. The soldiers enter deeper and deeper into Nazi territory and discover that the Third Reich has been experimenting with chemicals in order to create a breed of super soldiers. Naturally, the American team — aided by oppressed German villagers — must put a stop to this evil scheme.
This film has some scary and gory moments but is overall a war/action film. Still, the plot and several intense scenes definitely make it worthy of being on this list of the best scary movies on Hulu.
7. Pet Semetary (2019)
This 2019 movie version of Stephen King’s novel has a lot going for it. Of course, the biggest one is adapting one of the scariest stories from King’s long line of horror novels. A family moves to rural Maine and discovers a burial ground where it appears that you can bring the dead back to life. The father buries their deceased cat Church in this ground, and the cat does later return to life. Only this cat appears to be changed by the experience.
Then things get much, much darker when one of the family’s two children suffers a tragic death as well. The father naturally wants to have his child back and puts his dead kid into the burial ground. However, as John Lithgow’s character says in the movie, “Sometimes, dead is better.” While this 2019 version takes a few liberties from the original story, it remains one of the best scary movies on Hulu.
This is a Russian language (with English subtitles) horror film from 2020 that offers a very different fictional view of the Soviet Union’s space program in the 1980s. Cosmonauts bring . . . something back with them on their return to Earth. As it turns out, the only surviving cosmonaut from the trip has an alien that’s living inside of him. It’s not friendly. While this movie is clearly influenced by the original 1979 Alien, Sputnik takes some excellent turns of its own, making a truly scary sci-fi film.
9. Super 8
Five years before the premiere of the Netflix TV show Stranger Things, we saw a film with a very similar plot called Super 8. Developed by J.J. Abrams, the film is essentially a mix of all your favorite 80s films involving kids, including The Goonies, Stand By Me, and E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial. It’s also one of the best scary movies on Hulu at the moment.
Steven Spielberg was involved in two out of those three films, so it should come as no surprise that Super 8 is essentially an homage to the legendary filmmaker. The film centers on a group of young friends who are making a movie using Super 8 film. During filming, they come across a trainwreck that unleashes a very dangerous problem for them and possibly the world.
Once you watch Super 8, you clearly see where Stranger Things got a lot of its influence. Despite the film being mostly forgotten now, it still holds up as one of the best things J.J. Abrams has ever done. The only thing we wish was different is the ending — it’s a little bit of a disappointment. You be the judge, though!
This film doesn’t tell a simple story with some jump scares scattered throughout. Instead, it’s much artsier and abstract and might even take a second watch for you to fully understand what’s going on.
The plot of Thelma centers on the titular character, a young woman heading to college. Although she seems like a fish-out-of-water at the large school, she eventually befriends another young woman to whom she is instantly attracted. However, Thelma is harboring a dark power that she doesn’t even know about — but it could destroy everything she holds dear.
As a heads up, Thelma is yet another film on this list of the best scary movies on Hulu that is not in English. There are subtitles, however, so we suggest that you still watch the movie because it’s pretty spectacular!
That’s all we’ve got for the best scary movies on Hulu! Be sure to bookmark this page and check back often as we will update it with new titles as they become available.