A little over a week ago, I gave you a number of horror films to check out on Netflix as we approach Halloween. While I await your reports on each—sitting at my desk, glasses positioned low on my nose, tapping my coffee mug with a pen—I thought I’d add some more fear-inducing cinematic thrills to your streaming watchlist this year. With about ten days to go until All Hallows’ Eve, that gives you about 240 hours of streaming joy. That gives you plenty of time!
Like Netflix, Hulu has its own original shows of the horror/thriller genre for you to check out, including the second season of Castle Rock (premiering Wednesday), The Unsettling, Light As A Feather, and Freakish. However, as with the Netflix article, this will focus primarily on horror/thriller films the streaming service has to offer. So, here we go! Here’s just some of the many Halloween appropriate films Hulu has to offer.
Evil Dead 1 & 2.
Director Sam Raimi burst into the industry with his dark tale focusing on a group of friends who accidentally conjure up demons while vacationing in a cabin. His sequel outdid the first by infusing some comedy along with the horror while giving birth to a franchise—and also made Bruce Campbell a recognizable figure in the genre. Check out Raimi’s chilling origins years before he took on the web-crawler.
A Quiet Place.
In only his second film seated in the director’s chair, John Krasinski made a huge impact with this tense, anxiety-filled thriller. Starring opposite his wife Emily Blunt, the two struggle to keep their children safe in a world wear vicious creatures can find you just by making the smallest sound. Both a critical and financial success in 2018, A Quiet Place is a worthy addition to your horror watchlist.
“Hi. I’m Chucky. Wanna play?” In the decade where the slasher genre was running rampant, Chile’s Play took a new direction: dolls. In this story, a single mother buys her son a much sought-after doll—unaware that the specific doll she purchased is possessed with the spirit of a recently executed serial killer.
The Amityville Horror.
This 1979 classic based it’s story on the family murder-suicide that spurned the rumors of the home itself being possessed by evil spirits. Starring legendary thespians James Brolin (Catch Me If You Can, CBS’ Life In Pieces) and Margot Kidder (Superman), The Amityville Horror is the grandfather of the demon-possessed house movies, featuring a cast that believably sells the horror their haunted home is putting them through.
Children Of The Corn.
Based on the Stephen King short story of the same name, a young couple finds themselves trapped in a town controlled by a religious cult of children who believe everyone over the age of 18 must be killed. Starring Linda Hamilton (Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Dante’s Peak) and Peter Horton (Thirtysomething), this eerie film may make you anxious around large groups of children—especially if they’re all staring at you.
The Blade Trilogy.
More action/thriller than horror, Wesley Snipes is outstanding as the “day walker” in this trio of vampire-hunting flicks. Based on the Marvel Comics hero of the same name, Snipes’ half-human, half-vampire Blade wages a never-ending campaign to protect humanity by killing every vampire he comes across. Co-starring the legendary Kris Kristofferson (A Star Is Born, Payback), this trilogy is perfect for those who want to see vamps getting skewered by a badass.
Considered one of the great horror films, Rosemary’s Baby was a risqué take on the genre that became a massive hit. Starring Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes, this classic tells the chilling tale of a young couple who are new to an apartment complex. After their move, they begin to witness odd and peculiar acts by their neighbors. Soon, the peculiar leads to paranoia when it becomes clear what the neighbors have planned for the couple’s unborn child. This Academy Award winner is a must-watch on all horror marathon lists.
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