The Best Horror Movies on Hulu Right Now (September 2022)

A howl in the night. A vengeful spirit. A final girl running to safety. Sometimes you just want to watch those classic horror stories and hit those favorite horror beats. Fortunately, if you’re in the market for some streaming screams, Hulu has a solid lineup of scary movies to get the job done.

From the classics to current hits to indie gems that flew under the radar, we’re highlighting the best of the horrifying bunch. Hulu’s got a lot of great picks, but their library navigation can make them hard to find sometimes, so we’ve made it easy with the best of the best listed below.

In the mood for something a little lighter? Check out the best comedy, romance, or family films on the platform!

Editor’s note: This list was updated September 2022 to include Pure.

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Fresh (2022)

1 hr 57 min | Mimi Cave

Cast: Daisy Edgar-Jones, Sebastian Stan, Jojo T. Gibbs, Dayo Okeniyi, Andrea Bang, Charlotte Le Bon

Noa (Daisy Edgar-Jones) meets Steve (Sebastian Stan) just as she’s sworn off dating. He’s kind, charming, and just what she’s been looking for in a partner. That is, until she discovers his secret side hustle – selling women’s body parts to other cannibals. Noa then has to figure out how to avoid being eaten herself, even if that means playing along with Steve’s continued affection for her. Freshis a unique take on the perils and horrors of modern dating that artfully balances empowerment and uneasiness. Daisy Edgar-Jones plays the nuances of Noa so well that sometimes it’s hard to tell if she still has feelings for Steve or if she’s just pretending. And Sebastian Stan is somehow able to still make Steve desirable even after revealing his unhinged hobbies. If you’re squeamish, I definitely don’t recommend eating while you watch this movie. Fresh is more unsettling than outright gory, in regard to the cannibalism, but it can still make even the strongest stomach turn a bit. – Brynna Arens

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Pure (2022)

1 hr 26 min | Hannah Macpherson

Cast: Jahkara Smith, McKaley Miller, Scott Porter, Annalisa Cochrane

Part of Hulu’s anthology series Into the Dark, Pure acts as the finale of the 12 episodes. The film centers around Shay (Jahkara Smith) and Jo (McKaley Miller), half-sisters who attend a purity ball. Though the rebellious Jo thinks it’s sexist and antiquated, Shay attempts to use it to get closer to the father she met only months ago. One night, Shay is pulled into a ritual that Jo and her cabinmates perform every year to summon Lilith. She eventually realizes she strongly disagrees with the retreat’s method and message, and a violent power struggle between the girls and the strict men in charge of the retreat begins. Touching on things of feminism, sexuality, and toxic masculinity, Pure is most terrifying because of its realism and relevance. – Taylor Gates

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Bad Hair (2020)

1 hr 42 min | Justin Simien

Cast: Zaria Kelley, Corinne Massiah, Elle Lorraine

Bad Hair is an incredibly clever horror satire film from writer/director Justin Simien(Dear White People). Set in the late 1980s, Bad Hair explores cultural discrimination through the lens of ironic horror, following the journey of one ambitious woman trying to make her way up in the world of music television. Bad Hair takes advantage of the setting, infusing the movie with recognizable faces like Lena Waithe (Westworld), Vanessa Williams (Ugly Betty), and James Van Der Beek, as well as peppering in celebrity musicians like Kelly Rowland and Usher. – Yael Tygiel

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Prey (2022)

1 hr 39 min | Dan Trachtenberg

Cast: Amber Midthunder, Dakota Beavers, Dane DiLiegro

The newest addition to the Predator franchise, Prey takes audiences back with an origin story set in the Comanche Nation, where a warrior battles a new enemy. Naru, played perfectly by Amber Midthunder (Legion), is skilled and fierce as she goes up against the first Predator to land on planet Earth. Prey provides an enthralling backstory to an already beloved and established franchise while highlighting previously unexplored history for both the monster and its victims. With a marvelous cast and fast-paced action, Prey is an adventure that deserves to be seen, regardless of screen size. – Yael Tygiel

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Spree (2020)

1 hr 33 min | Eugene Kotlyarenko

Cast: Joe Keery, Sasheer Zamata, Mischa Barton, John DeLuca

Get ready to see Stranger Things’ Steve in a whole new light as he becomes the monster instead of running from them. Joe Keery stars as Kurt in this comedy-horror as a rideshare driver striving to achieve social media fame. To do this, he begins live streaming himself murdering his passengers in an attempt to go viral. Keery gives a truly excellent performance, masterfully straddling the line between earnest and evil. – Taylor Gates

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Predators (2010)

1 hr 47 min | Nimrod Antal

Cast: Adrien Brody, Laurence Fishburne, Topher Grace, Alice Braga, Walton Goggins

20 years after Predator 2 “graced” the screen, the franchise finally saw another mainline entry in Predators. Directed by Nimrod Antal (Armored) and produced by Robert Rodriguez, Predators takes the franchise back to its roots—a group of armed-to-the-teeth badasses are hunted by an alien warrior race for sport. Said badasses include Adrien Brody (The Pianist), Laurence Fishburn (The Matrix), Walton Goggins (Justified), Mahershala Ali (Moonlight), Danny Trejo (Machete), and more. John Debney’s score pays great homage to the odd percussive orchestration of Predator, and it enhances the atmosphere of this tense action thriller. The script by Alex Litvak and Michael Finch plays out like a love letter to the franchise jam-packed with references to iconic lines and scenes. A diverse cast, sci-fi setting, and frantic action keep the movie accessible to new viewers.

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The Resort (2021)

1 hr 16 min | Taylor Chien

Cast: Bianca Haase, Brock O’Hurn, Michael Vlamis, Michelle Randolph

Four young, fit, and attractive friends travel to the magnificent landscapes of Hawaii in celebration of one of their birthdays. During their vacation, the quad insists on visiting an abandoned resort rumored by the locals to be haunted. Needing to satisfy their curiosity, the foursome forges ahead in hopes of debunking ghost stories about the infamous Half-Faced Girl. Written and directed by cinematographer Taylor Chien, The Resort is absolutely stunning, with expansive and exotic locales that frame the pulse-pounding terror these characters face on the island. Starring Bianca Haase, Brock O’Hurn (The Righteous Gemstones), Michelle Randolph, and Michael Vlamis (Roswell, New Mexico), The Resort brings to life the classic and dependably frightful topes horror fans love to see. – Yael Tygiel

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Unsane (2018)

1 hr 38 min | Steven Soderbergh

Cast: Claire Foy, Joshua Leonard, Jay Pharoah

A film that proves Steven Soderbergh remains one of the most inventive and unpredictable directors out there, Unsane tells a horrifying tale of a woman who is institutionalized against her will. It is there that Sawyer discovers her greatest fear that will threaten to consume her unless she can escape. Played with a commanding presence by Claire Foy, it is a film that is built around frustration, as we see her continually try to convince people around her of the dangers that are occurring only to get ignored. Everything is so precisely attuned to make you feel like you’re going mad yourself, bringing you into the claustrophobia of its setting with the simple iPhone cinematography Soderbergh is using. By the time you begin to feel like you are seeing a chance at freedom, both for Sawyer and ourselves, it pulls the rug out from under you as it pulls you further into its tense world. – Chase Hutchinson

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Black Swan (2010)

1 hr 48 min | Darren Aronofsky

Cast: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassell

Darren Aronofsky’s style certainly isn’t for everyone. The maverick filmmaker likes to push the audience’s comfort level, and his 2010 film Black Swan is disorienting on both a visceral and emotional level. Natalie Portman won the Academy Award for Best Actress for her transformative performance as Nina, a young ballerina who is cast as the lead in Swan Lake. Nina struggles to embrace her dark side in order to play the titular “black swan.” It’s an amazing physical performance, and there’s a surprising amount of elegance to the way that Aronofsky crafts the dance sequences. Prepare to be startled, confused, and wowed. –Liam Gaughan

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Lights Out (2016)

1 hr 21 min | David F. Sandberg

Cast: Teresa Palmer, Billy Burke, Maria Bello, Gabriel Bateman

Future Shazam! director David F. Sandberg made a name for himself with his proof-of-concept short film Lights Out. Expanding a simple premise into a feature film doesn’t always go well, but the 2016 continuation of Lights Out adds an emotional undercurrent to the simple concept. The young woman Rebecca (Teresa Palmer) looks into her mother’s (Maria Bello) history of mental illness when she reports sightings of an enigmatic killer in the shadows. Sandberg is respectful of the trauma that Bello’s character endures. If you need proof that blood and gore don’t inherently make a horror film great, Lights Out showed how to pack terrifying moments into a PG-13 rating. –Liam Gaughan

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Shadow in the Cloud (2020)

1 hr 23 min | Roseanne Liang

Cast: Chloe Grace Moretz, Taylor John Smith, Beulah Koale, Nick Robinson, Callan Mulvey

Shadow in the Cloud is a totally bonkers World War II thriller with a hard genre twist. It’s also one of the best female-centric science fiction horror films in recent memory. Set in 1943, the film follows the young female Flying Officer Maude Garrett (Chloe Grace Moretz). Maude brings an enigmatic package on to a B-17 bomber, but the sexist crew trap her in the lower gunning deck. Maude is soon forced to deal with even greater problems; an alien monster attaches itself to the plane. Want to see Moretz kick the crap out of monsters and obnoxious dude bros? Give Shadow in the Cloud a shot.- Liam Gaughan

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The Lodge (2019)

1 hr 40 min | Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala

Cast: Riley Keough, Richard Armitage, Jaeden Martell, Lia McHugh

The Lodge may look like a standard haunted house scarefest, but its commentary on paranoia and trauma are much deeper than surface level jump scares. Riley Keough gives one of the best performances of her career as Grace Marshall, the lone survivor of a religious extremist cult. Grace is invited to join her boyfriend, Richard (Richard Armitage), in a cabin over the holidays. Richard’s children, Aiden (Jaeden Martell) and Nia (Lia McHugh), don’t trust Grace at all. Grace begins to doubt her sanity as the children dig up secrets from her violent past. –Liam Gaughan

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The Nightingale (2018)

2 hr 16 min | Jennifer Kent

Cast: Aisling Franciosi, Sam Claflin, Baykali Ganambarr, Damon Herriman, Harry Greenwood, Ewen Leslie, Charlie Shotwell, Michael Sheasby

The Nightingale is not an easy watch. With graphic, unflinching depictions of violence and assault, it’s a hard one to sit through. However, if you can stomach it, it’s a rewarding and important experience with excellent performances, masterful cinematography, and a compelling story of a young woman and her brutal quest for revenge. The film serves as writer/director Jennifer Kent‘s follow-up to The Babadook and a breakout role for star Aisling Franciosi — both are certainly ones to keep an eye on. – Taylor Gates

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Resident Evil (2002)

1 hr 40 min | Paul W.S. Anderson

Cast: Milla Jovovich, Michelle Rodriguez, James Purefoy, Colin Salmon, Martin Crewes, Eric Mabius

Paul W.S. Anderson’s 2002 movie Resident Evil is a loose adaptation of the video game series of the same name. While the movie follows a different narrative than the video games, it maintains the intense horror of its namesake from the beginning. After a disaster at the Umbrella Corporation’s secret underground research facility leaves its employees dead, a special ops team is sent to uncover what happened and keep Umbrella’s secret projects from reaching the outside world. As the team goes deeper into the facility, they not only discover that the employees might not be as dead as they thought, but also that the facility’s murderous Artificial Intelligence will do anything to keep Umbrella’s secrets safe. Resident Evil is a fun action-horror movie that features zombies, zombie dogs, deadly AI, and a biotech company trying to play God. What more could you want from a horror movie? – Brynna Arens

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False Positive (2021)

1 hr 32 min | John Lee

Cast: Ilana Glazer, Justin Theroux, Pierce Brosnan, Sophia Bush, Gretchen Mol, Sabina Gadecki, Josh Hamilton, Zainab Jah

False Positive is a feminist take on the terrors of pregnancy and motherhood that builds uneasiness through Lucy’s (Ilana Glazer) perspective. After two years of trying to get pregnant, Lucy and her husband Adrian (Justin Theroux) make an appointment with Dr. Hindle (Pierce Brosnan), the leading fertility doctor in New York and Adrian’s former teacher. Dr. Hindle’s treatment works, and Lucy becomes pregnant with triplets. Unfortunately, in order to ensure that the pregnancy remains viable and Lucy’s health remains uncompromised, Dr. Hindle suggests a selective reduction where they keep either the female embryo or the twin male embryos. After this procedure, Lucy starts to feel uneasy and paranoid about the pregnancy. She believes that Dr. Hindle and Adrian are conspiring against her, and will do whatever it takes to prove it – even if everyone around her dismisses her concerns as “pregnancy brain”. As Lucy spirals, the lines defining reality blur, building tension slowly until the shocking climax that will leave you questioning everything except for a mother’s intuition. – Brynna Arens

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Titane (2021)

1 hr 48 min | Julia Ducournau

Cast: Agathe Rousselle, Vincent Lindon, Garance Marillier

An ultimately sweet story about family and identity that also wears the skin of body horror, Julia Ducournau’s Titane is a true one-of-a-kind experience that deserves to be experienced with as little information as possible. What can be said is that it centers on Agathe Rousselle’s Alexia, a woman who was seriously injured in a car accident as a child and now has a titanium plate in her head. Following an intimate experience with a car and a series of brutal killings, she begins to form a bond with a man while posing as his son. If this all sounds quite strange, it is actually even more so and that is also what makes it so glorious. It is a wholly original vision with all the cast completely committing to bringing Ducournau’s world to life. If you’ve seen her previous film, the also outstanding Raw, then you may have some idea of what you’re getting into even as it goes in its own incredibly unique direction. It is silly, graphic, dark, and eventually loving in a way that no other film out there can hold a candle to. – Chase Hutchinson

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Run (2020)

1 hr 30 min | Aneesh Chaganty

Cast: Sarah Paulson, Kiera Allen

Can a mother’s love ever be too much? The Misery-esque horror movie Runfollows the insulated upbringing of Chloe (Kiera Allen), a homeschooled high school senior who’s eager to go away to college and live her life to the fullest. She’s raised by her schedule-oriented mother (Sarah Paulson), who’s overly protective and concerned for her daughter’s future in the real world. The more Chloe begins to plan her adult life, the more she starts to realize that her mother might be hiding a very sinister secret. Will Chloe ever be able to leave her home? Don’t walk…run! – Emily Bernard

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Censor (2021)

1 hr 24 min | Prano Bailey-Bond

Cast: Niamh Algar, Michael Smiley, Nicholas Burns

Most horror fans would not consider the hero of a horror film to be the one who edits and censors the films for the ratings board. Yet, this one does, and does a brilliant job. Enid (Niamh Algar) is a quiet, no-nonsense film censor, haunted by the tragic disappearance of her sister when they were children, playing in the woods. She has never quite recovered from that, and looks for her sister everywhere. She thinks she sees her sister in one particularly gruesome horror film, and goes seeking other works by the director. This leads her down a rabbit hole of « video nasties » and sets her on a dangerous path. Censor is set in the 1980s, but it isn’t flashy about it: no big 1980s hair, no bright 1980s clothing, no 1980s synth pop. It is subtle, mostly in its use of the video nasties, videotape, and lack of internet or cell phones. A haunting, engaging film. – Alyse Wax

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Possessor (2020)

1 hr 43 min | Brandon Cronenberg

Cast: Andrea Riseborough, Christopher Abbott, Sean Bean, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tuppence Middleton

A kaleidoscopic psychological freakout film, Possessor sees Antiviral filmmaker Brandon Cronenberg stick the landing on his long-awaited sophomore feature while delivering plenty of the body horror film lovers have come to associate with the Cronenberg name. Andrea Riseborough stars as Vos, a high-tech assassin, who uses a mind-melding technology to take over the body of an unsuspecting victim, use their body to execute her hit, and leaving the host dead in an apparent suicide before her mind returns to her own body. But with her personal life falling apart and her horrendously violent deeds blurring the thinly drawn lines of her identities, Vos winds up in a wild war of attrition against her next mark (Christopher Abbott), who fights back from the inside. Vibrant, grotesque, and fabulously performed by Riseborough and Abbott, Possessor is one of the gnarliest, bloodiest horror movies you’ll find on streaming right now, but it’s also a hell of a compelling sci-fi film, packing the kind of fascinating ideas that take hold of your mind, and keep wriggling around in there long after the last drop of blood is spilled. — Haleigh Foutch

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Little Monsters (2019)

1 hr 43 min | Abe Forsythe

Cast: Lupita Nyong’o, Josh Gad, Alexander England, Diesel La Torca

This delightful zombie comedy hails from Australian filmmaker Abe Forsythe (Down Under) and stars Lupita Nyong’o as an ass-kicking kindergarten teacher who winds up trapped in a zombie apocalypse with a classful of kids, a deadbeat volunteer chaperone (Alexander England), and a self-obsessed children’s TV star who brings nothing to the table but ego (Josh Gad). Throw in the world’s cutest Star Wars fan in the offensively adorable Diesel La Torraca, a few rounds of Taylor Swift’s « Shake It Off », and an absolutely slaying Nyong’o in the midst of zombie action, and you’ve got a crowd-pleasing horror-comedy just in time for Halloween.

Collider’s Perri Nemiroff described in her review, « Little Monsters knows exactly what it is and what it’s working with, and it plays into those qualities very well, keeping the energy sky-high from start to finish, and also slowly slipping in some real emotion. It’s a delightfully crude, wild ride with a standout performance that continues to prove Nyong’o can do no wrong, and also serves as a nice reminder of the importance of a great teacher. And as an added bonus, Little Monsters also rocks one of the best Star Wars references I’ve ever seen in a movie. » And she ain’t lyin’ — as heartfelt as it is foul, Little Monsters is delightful and breezy zom-com boosted by Nyong’o’s magnetic star power. — Haleigh Foutch

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