We here at Arrow in the Head are making an effort to keep track of the best horror movies that are available on various streaming services, and today we’ve set our sights on the Hulu service. We’ve looked over what they have to offer, put together a list of ten of the Best Horror Movies on Hulu Right Now, and you can check our picks out below!
It remains to be seen if director John Hyams will ever get the chance to shoot the Maniac Cop remake he has been attached to for years, but he did do one hell of a job with Alive, a remake of a 2011 Swedish film called Gone. This one stars Jules Willcox as Jessica, a woman who catches the attention of a predatory Man (Marc Menchaca) while on a road trip. Captured by the Man and taken to a cabin deep in the woods, Jessica is able to escape from the cabin before long… but making it out of the wilderness proves to be more of a challenge, with the Man tracking her the whole way. Alone is a really smart and intense thriller that would probably be more popular by now if it didn’t have such a bland, over-used title. Hopefully more viewers will find it on Hulu.
THE FINAL GIRLS (2015)
Joshua Miller (you may remember him from his days of acting in films like Near Dark) was inspired to write the screenplay for The Final Girls with M.A. Fortin after watching his late father Jason Miller in The Exorcist. Stylishly directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson, the film is about a young girl named Max (Taissa Farmiga) entering a movie her late mother (played by Malik Akerman) starred in several years earlier. Unfortunately, the movie happens to be a Friday the 13th-esque slasher, so Max’s reunion with her mother may be cut short by a machete-wielding maniac with a back story reminiscent of both Jason Voorhees and Cropsy from The Burning. If you’re a fan of ’80s slashers, The Final Girls is very entertaining.
THE WRETCHED (2019)
The first drive-in hit in decades, The Wretched was #1 at the 2020 box office for six weeks, due to it being released during the pandemic when nothing else was coming out. Now it has made its way to Hulu, and I think the attention and success the film received was deserved, as it’s a good horror flick that’s a new play on the Rear Window / Fright Night set-up of a person thinking something strange is going on with their neighbor. Here, the neighbor is a child-eating witch with a lair in the forest. The Wretched was written and directed by Brett and Drew Pierce, whose father Bart did effects work on Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead. There is a touch of Evil Dead to some of the woodsy horror of this film.
HELLBOUND: HELLRAISER II (1988)
While most of the action in Clive Barker’s Hellraiser took place within one house, the Tony Randel-directed sequel Hellbound: Hellraiser II widens the scope to take its characters – and the viewer – on a journey through Hell. Not the one with fire and Satan, but a unique vision of a labyrinth of living nightmares, ruled by something called the Leviathan. Hellraiser heroine Kirsty (Ashley Laurence) returns to be menaced by the Cenobite Pinhead (Doug Bradley) and his cohorts again, while also dealing with her resurrected wicked stepmother and a mad doctor. This is a solid sequel that feels much larger than its predecessor, and it’s the only Hellraiser you’ll find on Hulu.
47 METERS DOWN (2017)
Director Johannes Roberts’ shark thriller 47 Meters Down has a very simple set-up: two sisters (Mandy Moore and Claire Holt) in scuba gear get trapped underwater after the shark cage they were in breaks away from the boat on the surface and sinks to the bottom of the ocean. It’s impressive that Roberts and co-writer Ernest Riera were able to make that idea sustain a feature running time, while keeping it interesting and intense throughout. Moore and Holt do well in roles where they have to express emotions and deliver lines while wearing masks, and their characters have a lot of problems to deal with, surrounded by sharks and low on oxygen. This was one of the better shark movies to be released in recent years.
Genre regular Alexandre Aja teamed with the legendary Sam Raimi for this “nature run amok” film about a young woman named Haley (Kaya Scodelario) and her father Dave (Barry Pepper) getting trapped in the crawlspace beneath their home during a hurricane. Not only do they have to deal with the flood being caused by the hurricane, they also have to deal with the alligators the water is bringing in. Crawl is just 87 minutes long, and more than an hour of that is dedicated to Haley and Dave trying to evade alligators under and inside the house. The non-stop action makes this is an exciting, engaging killer animal thriller that is a lot of fun to watch.
CHILDREN OF THE CORN (1984)
Stephen King’s story Children of the Corn was only about twenty pages long, but what was on those pages has spawned a franchise of eleven – so far – feature films. The sequels and reboots have tarnished the reputation of the original film somewhat, but while director Fritz Kiersch’s Children of the Corn is a bit cheesy, it still holds up as an unnerving movie with memorable performances from Peter Horton and Linda Hamilton as a couple who find themselves in a Nebraska town where the children have massacred all of the adults, and John Franklin and Courtney Gains as the leaders of the cult that believes in a god called He Who Walks Behind the Rows. A god that requires the sacrifice of anyone over the age of 19. There are a lot of Children of the Corn movies, but this is the only one Hulu will show you.
YOU’RE NEXT (2011)
Around the midway point on his path from micro-budget movies to blockbuster projects like Godzilla vs. Kong, director Adam Wingard brought us the really cool slasher You’re Next, about a trio of killers in animal masks invading the Davison family’s country vacation home. They intended to just knock people off (including the Davison mother, played by genre icon Barbara Crampton) one-by-one, but they didn’t expect the presence of one Davison son’s girlfriend, Sharni Vinson as our badass heroine Erin. She’s not going to be taken out easily. Glorious, bloody violence ensues, and the story takes some interesting twists and turns along the way as well.
LITTLE MONSTERS (2019)
Writer/director Abe Forsythe’s Little Monsters has a concept that sounds questionable at first, being a horror comedy about a zombie outbreak disrupting a kindergarten class field trip to a petting zoo. Turns out, Forsythe took that idea and made it into a really fun and amusing film that’s carried by great performances from Lupita Nyong’o as teacher Miss Caroline, Alexander England as an irresponsible uncle who has accompanied a kid on the field trip to get closer to Miss Caroline, and Josh Gad as children’s show host Teddy McGiggles, who reveals himself to be an awful person when put in a life or death situation. The movie has heart, humor, and bloodshed – and despite the set-up, thankfully does not rely on zombie children.
FRIDAY THE 13TH PART III (1982)
There are only two Friday the 13th movies on Hulu, but they happen to be two of my favorite entries in the franchise: Steve Miner’s Friday the 13th Part III and Joe Zito’s Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter. Part III is my top favorite because it’s the film in which Jason Voorhees gets a pristine hockey mask and engages the final girl in a 13 minute climactic chase sequence, but The Final Chapter is amazing as well. The best course of action would be to make it a double feature. The Final Chapter picks up right where Part III leaves off, so they were made to be watched back-to-back anyway.