Some of the best horror movies on Hulu right now (clockwise from top left): 'Titane,' 'Prey,' 'Werewolves Within,' 'Alien,' 'I Saw the Devil'

The Best Horror Movies on Hulu Right Now

Hulu is the banana stand of streaming. When you can’t decide what to watch after scrolling through five or six streaming services, there’s always something on Hulu—and that’s especially true when it comes to horror movies.

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Hulu has a couple of secret weapons: the 20th Century Studios catalog (courtesy of parent company Disney) and output deals with IFC Films and Neon. The result is a surprisingly great mix of horror classics and indies, along with a couple of franchise faves. If you’re in the mood to get scared silly, these are the best horror movies streaming on Hulu right now.

When Evil Lurks (2023)

Ezequiel Rodriguez in 'When Evil Lurks'
(IFC Films)

The best horror movie of 2023 is now on Hulu. Directed by Demián Rugna (Terrifier), When Evil Lurks follows two brothers whose attempt to rid their rural Mexican town of the body of a possessed man unwittingly causes the demonic force to spread like a virus. Wildly violent and viscerally unsettling, Rugna’s film is also thematically relevant, examining what happens when well-meaning people choose to ignore evil rather than hold it to account. When Evil Lurks is a Shudder exclusive, which means it won’t be on Hulu for long before returning to its streaming home. If you don’t have a Shudder subscription, you should make When Evil Lurks a priority—and find out why subscribing to Shudder is a smart idea.

Alien (1979)

Sigourney Weaver as Ripley in 'Alien'
(20th Century Studios)

Alien isn’t just a sci-fi horror classic—it’s a masterpiece. Ridley Scott’s 1979 film stars Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley, the only crew member on a commercial ship that doesn’t have her head up her ass, something that proves invaluable when an advanced and highly deadly extraterrestrial life form comes aboard. With an indelible score and incredible creature design courtesy of H.R. Giger, Alien remains every bit as effective today as it was over 40 years ago.

Bad Hair (2020)

Bad Hair
(Hulu / Neon)

You might not have expected Justin Simien to follow 2014’s seminal comedy Dear White People with a horror movie. Simien’s instinct for sharp satire is also present in Bad Hair, which stars Elle Lorraine as Anna, whose dreams of becoming successful at a Black music network in 1989 are complicated by her boss’s insistence that she get a weave. While great for Anna’s professional life, it’s not long before she notices there’s something wrong with her weave.

The Boogeyman (2023)

Sophie Thatcher in 'The Boogeyman'
(20th Century Studios)

The Boogeyman isn’t the best Stephen King adaptation, but like the more successful ones, it isn’t beholden to the source material. Based on an early King short story, The Boogeyman stars Chris Messina (low-key the Best Chris) as Will, a therapist grieving the loss of his wife while raising their two daughters, teen Sadie (Sophie Thatcher) and young Sawyer (Vivien Lyra Blair). After an encounter with a disturbed man (David Dastmalchian), Will and his daughters find themselves targeted by a malevolent entity. There are some genuinely creepy moments and fun scares, as well as a totally unhinged supporting performance from Marin Ireland.

Mandy (2018)

Nicolas Cage in 'Mandy'
(RLJE Films)

For a period of time, Nicolas Cage made several movies a year, most of them forgettable RedBox action flicks. Every few movies, Cage would remind us that he rules by turning out a killer performance in a genre flick. In 2018, that movie was Mandy. Directed by Panos Cosmatos (Beyond the Black Rainbow), Mandy stars Cage as a man determined to wreak violent havoc when a cult kidnaps the titular love of his life, played by Andrea Riseborough. If you’re looking for vibes, Mandy has it all: cosmic horror, ‘70s action-fantasy, demon bikers, psychedelic hellfire, and brutal revenge.

Werewolves Within (2021)

Sam Richardson as Finn in 'Werewolves Within'
(IFC Films)

Directed by Josh Ruben (Scare Me), Werewolves Within lures you in with a great comedic cast that includes Sam Richardson, Milana Vayntrub, Harvey Guillén, and Cheyenne Jackson. Come for the familiar faces, stay for the delightful horror comedy about a forest ranger (Richardson) and a postal worker (Vayntrub) trying to maintain the peace when a werewolf attacks their small town during a snowstorm.

If you’re a fan of Werewolves Within, check out Josh Ruben’s great impressions on Instagram (his take on The Bear is a good entry point).

Personal Shopper (2016)

Kristen Stewart in 'Personal Shopper'
(IFC Films)

Some things to know about Personal Shopper: Kristen Stewart drives a moped. Kristen Stewart tries on expensive clothing. Kristen Stewart wears a chic harness. Kristen Stewart receives text messages from a ghost. For some (myself included), these are huge selling points, but if you need more: Stewart’s second collab with Clouds of Sils Maria director Olivier Assayas stars the actress as Maureen, a personal shopper for a supermodel who lingers in Paris after the death of her twin brother—a medium who promised to contact her from the afterlife, if it exists.

No One Will Save You (2023)

Brynn hiding for her life in 'No One Will Save You'.
(20th Century Studios)

With No One Will Save You, director Brian Duffield cleverly combines the home invasion and alien invasion genres into an effective thriller. Kaitlyn Dever does all the heavy lifting as a troubled recluse haunted by her past, who awakens one night to discover an alien has broken into her home. No One Will Save You is a great little genre exercise with an ending you won’t soon forget.

Titane (2021)

Agathe Rousselle writhes on a car in a scene from 'Titane'

One of the most unforgettable horror movies in recent years is also a surprisingly poignant story about found family and redemption. It’s also the only movie I can think of in which a woman gets knocked up by a car—and that’s not even the wildest part. Titane begins with a vehicular crash that leaves a young Alexia with a metal plate in her head and an intense affection for cars. As an adult, Alexia (Agathe Rousselle) makes a living as a model at car shows, where her performative gyrations belie a peculiar sexual proclivity.

Following a series of unexplained murders, Alexia reinvents herself as Adrien, the long-lost son of a grieving firefighter (Vincent Lindon). As with her previous film, Raw, Julia Ducournau combines Cronenbergian body horror with existential concerns about family, human nature, and belonging. Titane is electrifying and surreal.

The Babadook (2014)

Amelia (Essie Davis) and Samuel (Noah Wiseman) sit opposite each other at a dinner table in 'The Babadook'
(IFC Films)

One of my favorite horror sub-genres is “mom who is losing her grip on sanity while dealing with a child who is objectively a pain in the ass.” (See also: Evil Dead Rise, The Shining, and The Lodge.) In The Babadook, Amelia (Essie Davis) is a single mother grieving the sudden loss of her husband while trying to raise their son, who has become deeply afraid of a creature in a creepy children’s book.

Crimes of the Future (2022)

Lea Seydoux, Viggo Mortensen, and Kristen Stewart in 'Crimes of the Future'

Crimes of the Future is not a casual viewing recommendation. Directed by Canadian filmmaker and master of body horror David Cronenberg, this 2022 film is set in the near future, as human bodies produce new organs in response to our increasingly artificial environment. Cronenberg fave Viggo Mortensen plays Saul, a performance artist who creates exhibitions around his recently developed organs with his partner, Caprice (Lea Seydoux). Saul’s work draws interest from those who fetishize surgery, as well as bureaucrats (Kristen Stewart plays one) who maintain a registry of new organs and a government organization trying to thwart a group of radical evolutionists. It’s … a lot.

Crimes of the Future benefits from having a sense of Cronenberg’s body (sorry) of work—newbies should check out The Fly, Crash, eXistenZ, Videodrome, and Dead Ringers.

Infinity Pool (2023)

Alexander Skarsgard in 'Infinity Pool'

Novelist James (Alexander Skarsgård) and his wife Em (Cleopatra Coleman) are vacationing in a beautiful country by the sea when they get mixed up with Gabi (a blessedly forever-unhinged Mia Goth) and a small group of wealthy tourists with a strange and very specific proclivity. Directed by Brandon Cronenberg (yes, that Cronenberg), Infinity Pool is a dark, hilarious satire punctuated with existential body horror.

The Eyes of My Mother (2016)

Kika Magalhaes in 'The Eyes of My Mother'
(Magnolia Pictures)

Similar to the 2002 indie horror film May, Nicolas Pesce’s The Eyes of My Mother follows an introverted and repressed young woman whose morbid curiosities become disturbing compulsions. Shot in black and white, the 2016 film is set in rural Portugal and follows Francisca (Kika Magalhaes), a woman whose relationship with her mother, a surgeon, has a profound impact on how she copes with sudden tragedy.

In the Earth (2021)

Alma and Martin lie on the grass, clutching their heads in agony in 'In the Earth'

In the Earth got a little, uh, buried in the midst of the pandemic. Part psychological thriller, part folk horror, this 2021 film directed by Ben Wheatley would make an excellent double feature with one of his previous films, A Field in England. Joel Fry and Ellora Torchia star as a scientist and a park ranger who venture into an area of the Bristol forest that’s been quarantined by the government—where the scientist’s former colleague has gone dark while researching a symbiotic relationship between fungi and plants.

The Descent (2005)

Three women explore a cave with flashlights in 'The Descent'

If you haven’t seen The Descent, I am so jealous because it is a banger of a first-watch. The 2005 film follows a woman who, having recently suffered a horrible loss, reunites with her adventure-seeking friends to explore a cave system. It’s not long before the women realize they aren’t alone in the dark. AND THAT IS ALL I WILL SAY.

Prey (2022)

Amber Midthunder in 'Prey'
(20th Century Studios)

Prequels—especially ones that come out decades later—are rarely half as good as their predecessors. That Prey is an engaging, clever thriller and a compelling prequel that makes the Predator movies more interesting is a true cinematic feat. Set in the 18th century on the Great Plains, Prey follows Naru (Amber Midthunder), a Comanche woman who just wants to prove to her tribe that she’s a worthy hunter. She gets the ultimate opportunity when a Predator—an advanced alien from a colony that hunts other species for sport—arrives on their land.

The Empty Man (2020)

James Badge Dale in 'The Empty Man'
(20th Century Studios)

You’d be forgiven for having no idea that this movie even existed, given that it was delayed by 20th Century Fox and then unceremoniously dumped into theaters in 2020 after Disney’s acquisition. The Empty Man is a surreal supernatural psychological thriller-noir (you can understand why the studio might have had a hard time figuring out how to sell this one) starring the great James Badge Dale as a former cop investigating the disappearance of a little girl. I cannot begin to explain to you how this movie gets from Nepal to a missing child to a bizarre cult bent on summoning a mysterious entity, but I can say that if you’re a fan of David Lynch—and Twin Peaks in particular—you’ll probably dig The Empty Man.

The House That Jack Built (2018)

Matt Dillon in 'The House That Jack Built'
(IFC Films)

Lars von Trier is a controversial filmmaker; not only are his films provocative, but he also has a history of being a distasteful media-troll and an abusive a-hole. Which is to say: It’s hard to recommend a von Trier movie, especially one that inspired over 100 people to walk out of the Cannes film festival premiere. That said, The House That Jack Built is a fascinating work of self-reflection in which von Trier brings the overarching themes of his previous films—including Antichrist, Melancholia, and Dogville—together under one roof while prodding his own psyche and his misogynistic tendencies. As for the plot, the film follows a serial killer (Matt Dillon) on his journey through Hell as he reflects on the various women he’s killed. Would you believe me if I also said that it’s really funny?

Honeymoon (2014)

Harry Treadaway and Rose Leslie in 'Honeymoon'
(Magnolia Pictures)

Before she took us to Fear Street with her Netflix trilogy, Leigh Janiak directed the 2014 indie horror film Honeymoon, starring Game of Thrones fave Rose Leslie. The film follows newlyweds Bea (Leslie) and Paul (Harry Treadaway) on their honeymoon vacation at a remote cabin. One night, Bea goes sleepwalking and when she returns, Paul becomes convinced she’s different … somehow. Honeymoon is a suspenseful thriller that uses a familiar genre setting to explore relationship dynamics and intimacy.

I Saw the Devil (2010)

Lee Byung-hun in 'I Saw the Devil'
(Magnolia Pictures)

If you’re looking for more of a psychological thriller in the vein of an earlier David Fincher or Park Chan-wook movie, I Saw the Devil will put in overtime for you. Lee Byung-hun (Squid Game) stars as a secret agent whose fiancée is murdered by a sadistic serial killer played by Choi Min-sik (Oldboy). Determined to get revenge, the agent embarks on a violent game of cat-and-mouse with the killer, culminating in a riveting climax.

Skinamarink (2023)

A small boy sits alone in the dark in 'Skinamarink'
(IFC Films)

Skinamarink is arguably one of the most ambitious horror films in recent years. The barebones plot follows a pair of kids who wake up in the middle of the night to discover that their father is gone and elements of the house keep disappearing and changing. Kyle Edward Ball’s feature directorial debut is an extremely lo-fi genre exercise set almost entirely in the dark, lit largely by the glow of the TV screen keeping the kids company. Ball relies on sound design and vibes, but the viewer does most of the heavy lifting; what makes Skinamarink so scary—aside from the demonic voice whispering in the dark—is the thoughts and memories it conjures, and the sinister suggestions of our imagination. (If you usually turn the subtitles on, I highly recommend switching them off for Skinamarink—the captions hit a little early and tend to disrupt the tension.)

Get Out (2017)

Daniel Kaluuya as Chris Washington in the horror movie Get Out.
(Universal Pictures)

Jordan Peele not only made one of the greatest and most assured directorial debuts of the 21st century, he also made a damn good horror film. Get Out stars Daniel Kaluuya as Chris, a photographer who’s heading home with his girlfriend Rose (Allison Williams) to meet her parents for the first time. Rose’s parents seem like well-meaning upper middle-class liberals, but their carefully manicured neighborhood hides an unsettling secret. Peele’s film is a masterful work of uncanny psychological horror featuring great supporting performances from LaKeith Stanfield, Bradley Whitford, and Catherine Keener.

Halloween (2018)

Jamie Lee Curtis and Judy Greer in 2018's 'Halloween'
(Universal Pictures)

It’s best to view 2018’s Halloween on its own—don’t watch the two sequels, which undermine everything great about this one. Jamie Lee Curtis reprises her iconic role as Laurie Strode, the lone survivor of prolific serial killer Michael Myers, who has escaped a mental institution to finish what he started. Judy Greer plays Laurie’s daughter in what I prefer to think of as an intensely satisfying conclusion to the great horror franchise.

Happy Death Day (2017)

Jessica Rothe in 'Happy Death Day'
(Universal Pictures)

Jessica Rothe gives a stellar performance in Happy Death Day as Tree, a college student who gets murdered by a masked killer and wakes up to relive her final day … over and over again. Directed by Christopher Landon, Happy Death Day can easily be described as “Groundhog Day with a slasher,” but it’s so well-written and much more dynamic than you might expect.

Ready or Not (2019)

Samara Weaving in 'Ready or Not'
(Searchlight Pictures)

Before they revived the Scream franchise with 2022’s Scream and its sequel, filmmakers Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett (a.k.a Radio Silence) made the wildly entertaining Ready or Not. After Grace (Samara Weaving) marries Alex (Mark O’Brien) at his absurdly wealthy family’s estate, they spend their first night as newlyweds participating in a deadly tradition that forces Grace to fight for her life. Ready or Not is a bloody good time featuring hilarious performances and a few bonkers surprises.

The Sixth Sense (1999)

Haley Joel Osment and Bruce Willis in 'The Sixth Sense'
(Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

Many people think of The Sixth Sense as M. Night Shyamalan’s first film, but it’s actually his third feature and his first box office hit. Bruce Willis stars as a child psychologist who begins treating a young boy (Haley Joel Osment) plagued by encounters with dead people. If you’ve somehow made it this far in life without getting spoiled on The Sixth Sense, I strongly recommend that you continue knowing nothing—and watch it as soon as possible.

Split (2016)

Anya Taylor-Joy and James McAvoy in 'Split'
(Universal Pictures)

The second film in M. Night Shyamalan’s comeback (following The Visit) was a bit more divisive, but those who love it (me) really love it. Split stars Anya Taylor-Joy as a young woman who gets kidnapped with a couple of friends while leaving a mall. Their kidnapper is a disturbed man with dissociative identity disorder, formerly known as multiple personality disorder. James McAvoy really goes for it and delivers a collection of great performances as the antagonist of Split, but the key to the movie’s success is Taylor-Joy.

Us (2019)

Lupita Nyong'o in Jordan Peele's 'Us'
(Universal Pictures)

Jordan Peele is three-for-three, and his second feature, Us, might be his scariest. Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke star as married couple Adelaide and Gabe, who take their two kids on a trip to the beach house where the former spent many childhood summers. Amid her happy memories lies a terrifying experience she’s never been able to shake, and one that resurfaces when a family of people who look just like Adelaide and her family show up at their front door.

The Angry Black Girl and Her Monster (2023)

Laya DeLeon Hayes in 'The Angry Black Girl and Her Monster'
(RLJE Films)

This Frankenstein riff stars Laya DeLeon Hayes as Vicaria, a science-savvy teen struggling to cope with the recent murder of her brother. Vicaria hypothesizes that death is just a disease, and like any disease, there must be a cure. Directed by Bomani J. Story, The Angry Black Girl and Her Monster explores what happens when Vicaria’s attempt to “cure” her brother goes horribly wrong.

Antlers (2021)

Jesse Plemons, Jeremy T. Thomas, and Keri Russell in 'Antlers'
(Searchlight Pictures)

Directed by Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart), based on a short story by Channel Zero‘s Nick Antosca, and produced by Guillermo del Toro—I’ve just given you three reasons to watch Antlers, an unnerving if flawed work of folk horror. Julia (Keri Russell) returns to her small hometown in Oregon to help her brother, local sheriff Paul (Jesse Plemons), cope with the death of their father. Working as a grade-school teacher, Julia suspects one of her students is being abused at home—he appears malnourished and quiet, and is often seen collecting roadkill around town. What’s really happening at home is far more nightmarish than Julia could’ve imagined.

The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016)

Jane Doe (Olwen Kelly) lays on a coroner's table in preparation for an autopsy in 'The Autopsy of Jane Doe'
(IFC Films)

Directed by André Øvredal (Trollhunter, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark), The Autopsy of Jane Doe is a good old-fashioned ghost story that delivers in the chills-and-thrills department. Late one night, a coroner (Brian Cox, far more subdued here than in Succession) and his son (Emile Hirsch) receive a corpse—a murdered “Jane Doe” whose cause of death is undetermined. As father and son conduct their autopsy, they’re confronted by a series of increasingly disturbing events.

The Cabin in the Woods (2011)

Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, and Fran Kranz in 'The Cabin in the Woods'

A group of college friends spending the weekend in a cabin in the woods fall prey to ravenous redneck zombies. While fighting to survive, the friends quickly realize that nothing is as it seems—to say more will spoil the fun for those who haven’t seen The Cabin in the Woods, a wildly entertaining addition to the postmodern horror genre and the feature directorial debut of Cloverfield screenwriter and LOST vet Drew Goddard. With an ensemble that includes Chris Hemsworth, Richard Jenkins, and Bradley Whitford, and buckets upon buckets of blood and goo, The Cabin in the Woods is a total blast.

Monsters (2010)

Whitney Able, wearing a gas mask, in 'Monsters'
(Magnolia Pictures)

Before he directed Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Godzilla (2014), Gareth Edwards made his debut with Monsters. The 2010 horror indie stars Scoot McNairy (Halt and Catch Fire) as a journalist escorting his boss’ daughter (Whitney Able) through Mexico’s quarantine zone amid an extraterrestrial invasion. Monsters features stunning special effects created on a low budget by Edwards himself, giving audiences an early preview of the talents the director would capitalize on in Godzilla and The Creator.

The Night House (2020)

(Searchlight Pictures)

When her husband takes his own life, Beth (Rebecca Hall) discovers a cryptic note that reads, “You were right. There is nothing. Nothing is after you. You’re safe now.” In the days and weeks after, as she struggles to cope with the grief, Beth finds a series of alarming clues about her husband’s second life: photos of women who look like her, a reversed floorplan of their home, and a strange house in the woods. Directed by David Bruckner (The Ritual), The Night House is a somber existential horror film about depression and desperation that rips the rug out from under you with a surprising third act.

Underwater (2020)

Kristen Stewart wears a pressurized suit in 'Underwater'
(20th Century Studios)

No movie has ever successfully replicated the distinct alchemy of Alien, but Underwater comes closer than most, and you’ll have a damn good time watching the attempt. Kristen Stewart stars in this sci-fi horror flick as a crew member trying to escape a deep water drilling station compromised by flooding. Unfortunately, drowning is the least of their concerns. Directed by William Eubank, Underwater is a tense thriller with an ensemble cast that includes Jessica Henwick, Mamoudou Athie, Vincent Cassel, and John Gallagher Jr.

(featured image: Neon / 20th Century Studios / IFC Films / Magnolia Pictures)

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Britt Hayes (she/her) is an editor, writer, and recovering film critic with over a decade of experience. She has written for The A.V. Club, Birth.Movies.Death, and The Austin Chronicle, and is the former associate editor for ScreenCrush. Britt's work has also been published in Fangoria, TV Guide, and SXSWorld Magazine. She loves film, horror, exhaustively analyzing a theme, and casually dissociating. Her brain is a cursed tomb of pop culture knowledge.