Looking at Netflix, you will see many of the latest horror movies from the last 5 or so years available for your viewing pleasure. But horror is not a new genre, and many of the movies being made today draw ideas from some of the classic horror movies that would have frightened our parents, if not being direct remakes!
If you want classic horror films from the 1970s and 1980s, as well as more recent genre-defining scary flicks, then Hulu is the place to go.
Check out our list of the 15 must-see horror films currently available on Hulu.
IMDB Score 7/10
A sequel to the pretty genre-defining 28 Days Later (2002), which came before most of the outbreak horror movies we have become accustomed to, this sequel, while not as good as the original, still delivers. It is led by an excellent cast including Robert Carlyle, Rose Byrne, Jeremy Renner and Idris Elba and follows the efforts of a NATO military force to salvage a safe zone in London. It delivers a convincing atmosphere and punchy timing that keeps the pace.
IMDB Score 76/10
The film that made us all pay attention to the talent that is Christian Bale, and apparently his favourite role ever, this film is based on the 1991 novel by Bret Eaton Ellis. Bale plays Patrick Bateman, a wealthy New York banker who evolves into a serial killer. If you aren’t already terrified of rats, you will be after watching this film. It is mean and violent, but still manages to carry just enough humour to make it palatable.
IMDB Score 6.2/10
Made not long after the occurrence of the actual events, this is the first movie take on the strange events that occurred in Amityville, New York. Starring James Brolin and Margaret Kidder as the Lutz couple, they move into the Amityville house that appears to have been changed by the mass murder that was committed there the year before. The film is tightly delivered and remains more faithful than later remakes to the unsettling events described in the 1977 book.
IMDB Score 6.4/10
This is the movie that defined the found footage genre, and also introduced us to the idea of VR sickness, and many viewers found that the shaky camera work made them feel ill. While it is the first of the genre, it is still one of the best and managed to be more believable and realistic than later attempts. It follows a documentary crew as they investigate a local legend about the Blair Witch, but soon find themselves embroiled in what they investigate.
IMDB Score 7.4/10
Like a couple of the films on this list, you know the concept here is good as the film has now been remade several times. This version of the film directed by Brian De Palma stars a disconcertingly young Sissy Spacek as Carrie, an unpopular teenage girl with an overbearing religious mother who discovers that she is in possession of telekinetic powers. This movie is gripping because it is not just about the supernatural, but human cruelty.
IMDb Score 6.6/10
With a few new haunted doll films hitting cinemas, it is time to go back to where it all started with Chucky! A widowed mother accidentally gives her grieving son a creepy looking red-headed doll that happens to be possessed by the soul of an infamous serial killer. What could go wrong? While the plot is somewhat predictable – though this is because it predates so many similar films – the clever and playful tone of the film redeems it.
IMDb Score 5.6/10
Based on the Stephen King novel, the film follows a familiar story – again because it has been borrowed by later films. A couple driving across the country find themselves trapped in a strange small town where everything is not as it seems. Periodically some kind of malevolent entity summons the children of the village to ritually kill some of the adults of the community in order to ensure a successful harvest. But will the newcomers disrupt the ritual or fall victim to it. It is also good to watch Linda Hamilton outside the Terminator franchise.
IMDB Score 7.5/10
Young Jeff Goldblum and Gina Davis star in this science-fiction horror based on a short story by George Langelaan. We meet an eccentric scientist who finds himself gradually transforming into a man-fly hybrid after a science experiment goes wrong. This film was considered to have state of the art special effects at the time. While we might find it a bit unbelievable now, the good storytelling and excellent performances means it has aged well.
IMDB Score 6.4/10
An early offering from the master of horror Wes Craven, which has again seen remakes, in this film we encounter the Caters, a suburban family that find themselves targeted by a family of cannibal savages in the Nevada desert. Only Craven’s second film, it is based on the legend of the real-life cannibal Sawney Bean, which Craven thought illustrated how people could descend into savagery. Craven manages to integrate some sophistication into this gore-fest.
IMDB Score 7.5/10
If you are more about intellectual scares than slasher flicks, then this psychological horror from director Adrian Lyne will appeal. It stars Time Robbins as Jacob, a Vietnam vet whose experiences prior to and during the war lead him to experience fragmentary visions and strange hallucinations which he must seek to resolve. This movie is extremely powerful, if a little painful and depressing.
IMDB Score 5.9/10
A science-fiction horror, this is one of Guillermo del Toro’s first films, and well worth watching for that fact alone. Starring Mira Sorvino, Jeremy Northam and Josh Brolin, the film is set in Manhattan, where cockroaches are spreading a deadly disease that is claiming the lives of many children. A group of doctors genetically engineer another insect to destroy the cockroaches. While they seem successful at first, their actions have consequences. While del Toro does a good job, he was not given final cut approval for the film, so he wasn’t overly happy with the final product.
IMDB Score 7.6/10
Starring the always highly-watchable Nicole Kidman, this Alejandro Amenabar film is set in a remote country house on the Channel Islands in 1945, as the second world war draws to an end. Our protagonist Grace lives with her two young children who suffer from a disease that makes them sensitive to sunlight, and some interesting household help. They soon start to fear that they are not alone in the house. This was the first ever English language film to win a Goya Award (Spain’s national film awards), so well worth adding to your list.
IMDB Score 6.3/10
The first film in a rapidly growing franchise, a couple suspect that their home is haunted by a supernatural presence and set up cameras to discover and document what is haunting them. Delivered in the found-footage genre, the film manages to deliver suspense for its full 90-minute run time. Directed by Oren Peli, there are some good performances from the then unknown leads Katie Featherston and Micah Sloat.
IMBD Score 5.7/10
A sequel to the original 1982 film, this follow up returns to the original family who must again face the spirit that is trying to harm their daughter. The movie will appeal to anyone who likes to learn more of the backstory and the why, as the film tries to provide context to what happened in the first film, alongside further chills.
IMDb Score 6.5/10
With great performances from Christopher Walken, Elias Koteas and Viggo Mortensen pre-Lord of the Rings fame, this film directed by Gregory Widen eventually spawned four sequels. Walken plays the Archangel Gabriel who is searching for an evil soul on Earth. This film is daring and unique, but sometimes stretches our powers of disbelief. Worth watching just for the actors.