28 Days Later (2002)
IMDb rating: 7.6/10 Photo: Searchlight Pictures
The classic zombie movie is already effectively obsolete when 28 Days Later was released in 2002 and completely reinvented the concept. Although the characters infected in this movie are not typically the zombies that we know, this fact, however, does not reduce the scare factor of this movie. Instead of the walking dead, zombies in this movie are still living. Their souls have been infected by the rage virus, causing them to be extremely violent and bloodthirsty, wanting to tear through whatever living being they come across.
28 Days Later is like a modernized version of the zombie genre, where unthinking victims/assailants become more dangerous because they are able to move at a full-on sprint. This a huge leap from the traditional zombies in previous movies that were sluggish and dumb.
28 Days Later is a British horror film directed by Danny Boyle and written by Alex Garland. The movie stars Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Megan Burns, Christopher Eccleston, and Brendan Gleeson. The initial scenes show cycle courier Jim waking from a coma and wandering around the hospital and the church and seeing dead bodies piled up all around. Other survivors join him as they find a way to reach a group of soldiers who claim that they have found the cure to the infection while fighting off or hiding from the zombies along the way.
If you’re in the mood for some modern zombie scare, add 28 Days Later to your movie list tonight.
IMDb rating: 6.9/10 Photo: Paramount Pictures
Annihilation is another great horror movie from Ex Machina filmmaker Alex Garland, who both wrote and directed the movie. Annihilation features Natalie Portman, Gina Rodriguez, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tuva Novotny, Tessa Thompson, and Oscar Isaac. It is a wondrous combination of sci-fi and horror that taps into the human instinct to gravitate towards self-destruction and transform it into a surreal nightmare.
Annihilation is a loose adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer‘s book, which started out as an innocent investigation into Area X, a mysteriously transformed region of the world. This region is where an alien force, known as the shimmer, has redefined the laws of nature. The movie then gets more terrifying as each new biological perversion gets more horrifying than the next, leading to a haunting and stunning finale that viewers won’t be able to get off their heads after watching.
Little Monsters (2019)
IMDb rating: 6.3/10 Photo: Hulu/Neon
With its bright yellow movie poster that matches the bright yellow dress worn by the main character of the movie, which was played by Lupita Nyong’o, this zom-com offers a ray of sunshine despite the bleak environment. In this movie, Lupita Nyong’o is a kindergarten teacher named Miss Caroline, who accompanies the Australian kids on a farm field trip, only to find themselves surrounded by zombies. Miss Caroline convinces the kids that what they see is all part of a game, while she handles the undead with the help of an immature chaperone Dave (Alexander England) and a TV host played by Josh Gad.
Directed by Abe Forsythe, the movie is a great option for those who are in the mood for both comedy and gore. And as a bonus, you’ll definitely love Lupita Nyong’o’s version of Taylor Swift’s Shake it Off, complete with a ukulele.
The Cabin in the Woods (2011)
IMDb rating: 7/10 Photo: Lionsgate
The Cabin in the Woods, in many ways, is your typical horror film. However, the only reason it is not considered a pure horror movie is because it is so funny. The Cabin in the Woods was written by Joss Whedon, the one who also created Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
The story is about five college friends, played by Chris Hemsworth, Kristen Connolly, Anna Hutchison, Jesse Williams, and Fran Kranz, who went to a remote forest cabin for some rest and recreation. However, little did they expect the tragedies that await them. One by one, the characters fall victim to backwoods ghouls. What they did not know is that two scientists, Richard Jenkins and Bradley Whitford, are actually manipulating the zombies. However, as the body count rises, there is more at work behind what they know.
IMDb rating: 7.2/10 Photo: Trimark Pictures
When Cube was released in 1997, the reception was lukewarm at best. Most critics essentially dismissed the film and the team behind Cube did not go on to have illustrious filmmaking careers. However, as time passed, Cube gained its own cult following and has gone on to generate both a sequel and a prequel. There are even recent talks of remaking the original movie.
The storyline of Cube is very basic. Several seemingly random individuals woke up to find themselves trapped in a cube-shaped room. Inside the room, there are different traps that are meant to kill them all. The captives have to figure out how to save themselves before one of those traps kill them off. And of course, everything is not what it seems and each individual is not who they say they are.
In some ways, the movie Cube is like a precursor to the popular Saw horror series. The only difference is that Cube is a bit less gory. However, it doesn’t mean that Cube is lacking in the scare department. There are plenty of scenes that would make you jump on your seat, so it is also worth a look if you’re on the hunt for the best horror movies on Hulu.
A Quiet Place (2018)
IMDb rating: 7.5/10 Photo: Paramount Pictures
Just like 28 Days Later, this film is not just one of the best horror movies on Hulu, but one of the best movies on the entire streaming service. The story of A Quiet Place is uniquely simple, but the characters and the direction the plot takes elevate it to another form of art. This movie features real-life couple John Krasinski and Emily Blunt.
The movie is set some time in the future and the story centers on a family living through a hellish, but very quiet existence, after a race of aliens try to kill off most of mankind. These aliens are equipped with incredible hearing capabilities but are also mostly blind, which means that they rely mostly on sounds to hunt for their prey. The only way for every living member of humanity to survive is to stay as quiet as possible.
Due to the nature of the plot, there is very, very little spoken dialog in this movie. No screaming, no cries, and no shouting. The family members communicate mainly through sign language, hand signals, or simple looks and glances. This builds an unseen tension that plays out for some serious scares in the latter part of the movie.
The sequel to this movie was released earlier this month, so make sure to watch this before jumping to watch A Quiet Place 2.
Super 8 (2011)
IMDb rating: 7/10 Photo: Paramount Pictures
Five years before Netflix TV premiered the show Stranger Things, a film called Super 8 was released and it has an eerily similar plot. The movie was developed by J.J. Abrams, an American filmmaker famous for the Star Wars series, the Mission Impossible series, Cloverfield, and the Joy Ride series. Super 8 is essentially a hotpot of most of your favorite 80s kids films, such as The Goonies, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, and Stand By Me. It is currently one of the best horror movies on Hulu right now.
Steven Spielberg was involved in the creation of two out of those three films, so Super 8 basically serves as a homage to the legendary filmmaker. The film revolves around a group of young friends who are trying to make a movie using the Super 8 film. During the filming process, the group came across a train wreck that unleashes an ominous problem for them and the world.
If you decide to watch Super 8, you will see what inspired Stranger Things. Although the film is mostly forgotten now, it is still considered as one of the best works of J.J. Abrams.
IMDb rating: 6.6/10 Photo: Paramount Pictures
Before Overlord was released, there were rumors suggesting that the movie would be a new installment in JJ Abrams’ Cloverfield series, the same creator of the above Super 8 movie. However, when you watch the film, you’ll find out that it is very different from Cloverfield and there is no connection however with the Cloverfield universe.
Overlord’s plot is centered on a group of American soldiers during World War II who were left behind enemy lines shortly before the D-Day invasion began. The soldiers had no choice but to enter deeper into the Nazi territory. They discovered that the Germans have been experimenting with chemicals in a bid to create a breed of super soldiers. Obviously, the American soldiers must put a stop to this evil scheme, which was only possible because of the help provided by the oppressed German villagers.
This film can be categorized as a war or action film, but it has its share of scary and gory moments. The intense plot and gory scenes definitely qualify Overlord to be part of this list of the best scary movies on Hulu.
IMDb rating: 4/10 Photo: Hulu/Netflix
A handsome and carefree man finds out just how easily his seemingly ordinary life can unravel in Wounds, a new psychological thriller by Babak Anvari. Wounds is an intriguing horror movie at first, then it quickly descends into something that is a mix of psychological horror and character study.
Armie Hammer plays Will, a regular bartender guy, who picks up a mysterious iPhone after breaking up a fight in the bar where he works at. After he unlocks the phone, weird things start happening and he starts getting disturbing photos, texts, and calls. Aside from battling the ancient evil that uses wounds as portals to another dimension, Will also has to deal with his failures as a partner and as a friend. In the movie, Will is living with his girlfriend Carrie, played by Dakota Johnson, while also flirting with his friend Alicia, played by Zazie Beetz. So if you’re a fan of horror stories that requires you to use your brain at the same time, you should add Wounds to your Hulu watch list.
Children Of The Corn (1984)
IMDb rating: 5.7/10 Photo: New World Pictures
Based on a short story written by Stephen King, Children Of The Corn is a 1984 classic horror movie set in the imaginary town of Gatlin, Nebraska. In this town, children are mysteriously drawn to murder both local adults, hapless passers-by, and other adults they encounter to ensure a bountiful corn harvest (hence, the title). The kids act on the orders of He Who Walks Behind the Rows, a mysterious and bloodthirsty deity. The film has become something of a cult classic, with eight sequels and a TV remake in 2009 that closely followed Stephen King’s original story.
5 more good horror films to watch
Depraved, a modern-day version of the story of Frankenstein, was created by prolific filmmaker Larry Fassenden. Depraved brings the familiar monster back to life in the character of Adam. Adam was created by a maniac scientist suffering from PTSD. Funded by a shady backer, Henry (David Call) the doctor is picking up men off the streets and harvesting their parts, making aggregate humans. He finally found success in the one he named Adam (Alex Breaux). But things took a different turn when the monster he created developed a mind of its own.
Although the story has a lot of similarities with the original version of the story, there are also major differences, which makes this movie a success on its own.
The Devil’s Doorway
This possession-horror film set at a women’s Catholic asylum in Northern Ireland features Lalor Roddy, Ciaran Flynn, Helena Bereen, Lauren Coe, Dearbhail Lynch, and Carleen Melaugh. The story follows a pair of priests sent by the Vatican to look into reports of a Virgin Mary statue that has blood as tears. However, it turns out that the crying phenomenon is not nearly as horrifying as the brutal nuns residing in the asylum or what they have locked up in the basement.
Body at Brighton Rock
Roxanne Benjamin has been creating horror content for years, but Brighton Rock is her feature debut. The movie takes us on a spooky one-night adventure into the creepy woods with a newly minted park ranger. When Wendy, the park ranger, stumbles upon a dead body in the middle of the woods, she is instructed to wait with the corpse until help arrives. However, for some reason, help does not reach her until the next morning, which leaves Wendy to spend the eerie night alone with a decaying corpse and whoever or whatever killed it. The movie features Susan Burke, Martin Spanjers, John Getz, and Casey Adams.
Best friends Sadie (Brianna Hildebrand) and McKayla (Alexandra Shipp) are not your usual horror-movie victims. They run a blog called Tragedy Girls, where the title of the movie obviously came from. These two friends are desperate for new followers –so desperate that they will do anything to be viral. This includes committing murder.
Instead of being stalked by a killer, they become the killers this time, and they are excited to take social media by storm in this cheeky take on the slasher genre. As Sadie and Mackayla’s killing spree continues to drive their local town into a frenzy, the two friends take pleasure in the fact that they are actually becoming real-life horror icons in the process.
Hellbound: Hellraiser 2
If you’ve watched the first Hellraiser movie, then you’ll definitely enjoy the second one. Unfortunately, the first Hellraiser film is not currently available on Hulu, so make sure to watch it first to fully enjoy the macabre of this one. Hellraiser is a bonafide horror classic, and Hellbound: Hellraiser 2 is no less impactful than the original.
If you’ve seen Hellraiser before in the theaters or you were able to watch it using another streaming service, then you should also check out Hellbound: Hellraiser 2. Though it might not be as good as the original, it is nonetheless the best of the sequels, of which there are too many to count — and most of them are awful.
Hellbound: Hellraiser 2 is also one of the best films in the series, except for the original. Following the success of the first Hellraiser, the productions and creative team clearly had more money to spend when making this one, which is evident in every frame.
Keep in mind though that the movie is all about blood, gore, and explicit sexual situations. So if you’re squeamish about these things, then you might not be able to stomach, much less enjoy this Hellbound: Hellraiser 2.