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!
DRAG ME TO HELL (2009)
Drag Me to Hell was director Sam Raimi’s return to the horror genre after spending several years bringing us Spider-Man adventures – and while some genre fans weren’t so impressed with it, I’ve always felt that it’s a great, highly entertaining flick that ranks right up there with Raimi’s Evil Dead movies. All it’s lacking is Bruce Campbell as Ash; instead, we have Alison Lohman as Christine, a very flawed young woman who finds herself cursed to be dragged to Hell by a demon. She only has three days to try to save herself, and she endures some terrible things (and does some terrible things) along the way. It feels like Raimi was having a lot of fun while making Drag Me to Hell, and he ended up with a delightful addition to his filmography.
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 RUINS (2008)
Directed by Carter Smith and based on a novel by Scott Smith, The Ruins may be one of the most unjustly overlooked horror films of the last fifteen to twenty years. The story centers on a group of tourists vacationing in Mexico who decide to check out a Mayan temple, the ruins of the title. As soon as they touch this vine-covered, ancient structure, local villagers show up and freak out on them, forcing them to climb to the top of the temple. If they try to leave, they’ll be killed. Why have the locals trapped them on this temple? It takes a little while for the tourists to figure out exactly what’s going on here, but once they do the situation just gets increasingly dire, disturbing, and disgusting. If the Jordy Verrill segment of Creepshow had a love child with the Raft segment of Creepshow 2, the result would be something like this movie. It’s quite intense, and the cast did a great job with the material.
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.
ANGEL HEART (1987)
Inspired by the William Hjortsberg novel Falling Angel, writer/director Alan Parker’s Angel Heart is set in 1955 and stars Mickey Rourke as Harry Angel, a private investigator based out of New York who is hired by a strange fellow named Louis Cyphre (Robert De Niro, allegedly emulating Martin Scorsese to play this character) to find a crooner named Johnny Favorite. This investigation gets dark and strange very quickly, and it only gets weirder and bloodier as the film goes on. Angel follows Favorite’s trail to New Orleans, where voodoo enters the picture, and so does Lisa Bonet as a girl named Epiphany Proudfoot. At just under 2 hours, Angel Heart is a bit long-winded, but it’s a good movie that turns an old school P.I. story into a supernatural mind-bender.
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.
THE LOST BOYS (1987)
Joel Schumacher’s The Lost Boys is a vampire movie aimed directly at the 1980s MTV viewer – which, of course, results in the film being one of the coolest vampire movies ever made. When his brother Michael (Jason Patric) falls in with the wrong crowd (including Kiefer Sutherland) and starts turning into a bloodsucker, Sam (Corey Haim) has to seek the help of the Frog brothers (Corey Feldman and Jamison Newlander), who believe all their time spent reading comic books have made them experts in dealing with the undead. Everything builds up to a climactic sequence that features some incredible vampire deaths.
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.
In its early scenes, director Mimi Cave’s feature debut Fresh seems like it’s going to be a love story about down-on-her-luck twenty-something Noa (Daisy Edgar-Jones) being swept off her feet by successful surgeon Steve (Sebastian Stan). But then a darkness creeps in, and around the 30 minute point Noa finds herself chained up in the basement of Steve’s isolated country home. Things get really creepy from there. Cave and screenwriter Lauryn Kahn crafted a fascinating film that’s packed with thrills and has some nice twists and turns along the way, and it’s carried by the terrific performances delivered by Edgar-Jones and Stan. Viewers who tuned in for a love story might end up appalled and gagging, but fans of horror thrillers are going to have a great viewing experience.
Robert Rodriguez produced this entry in the Predator franchise, in which a group of bigger, meaner “Super Predators” have abducted a group of people they consider to be worthy opponents – soldiers, enforcers, and killers – and dropped them onto an uninhabited planet so they can be hunted down and picked off one-by-one. Directed by Nimrod Antal, Predators has a solid cast that includes Adrien Brody, Alice Braga, Walton Goggins, Danny Trejo, Mahershala Ali, and Laurence Fishburne, among others, and some fun action sequences. The biggest problem with this movie is that it keeps the Predators off screen for about 40 minutes, but it makes up for that over the remaining hour. It may not be on the level of the first two films, but it’s better than some of the other movies with Predators in them.