Today, horror is perhaps the genre whose films can be widely found on any streaming service in the most quantity. People love horror, and it transcends time, trends, and styles. True horror fans will find something to feast on in any corner of any streaming service, and they will consume it over and over. After all, is there any other genre with films that you can watch on repeat and not get tired of them?
Curiously, Hulu isn’t famous for their horror catalog, but they’ve grown after their relationship with Disney was born. They’ve managed to include modern horror as part of that section, but they have a long way to go with including classics on their platform. However, we dug around the bin and found these solid picks of classic horror films you can watch today on Hulu.
Let your night start off with Ridley Scott’s sci-fi horror masterpiece Alien. There’s no better to do it than to join the Nostromo crew as they respond to a distress call generated from a mysterious planet and become the prey of an otherworldly organism that will stop at nothing before feasting on all of them. It features Sigourney Weaver as Ripley, a fantastic lead that would serve as the blueprint for female heroes in cinema. Watch with the lights off and the volume all the way up.
Of course, you must indulge in a double bill with Aliens, the direct sequel to Alien directed by James Cameron. Ripley is back after being woken up by her employers at the Weyland-Yutani Corporation. Her story doesn’t add up, at least that’s what they say. Because of this, she agrees to go back with an army of Marines.
Of course, the creature is there to feast again and Ripley takes it upon herself to fight the xenomorphs again. Which one is better? It depends on your personal taste, but we like to think these two are best if seen together in a double-feature show.
8 Day of the Dead
Written and directed by zombie mastermind George A. Romero, Day of the Dead closes his original trilogy with more social commentary than ever. The film gives force to his argument that spawned the genre. This time, survivors are locked up in an underground bunker and they must come up with a way to survive both inside and out. Critics and audiences didn’t exactly love it, so Romero hung up his coat and rested for 20 years when he decided to make another film about zombies.
7 The Exorcist III
The real follow-up to horror’s most important film is a very underrated horror thriller. The Exorcist III pretends Exorcist II: The Heretic doesn’t exist, and brings us again to Georgetown where Lieutenant Kinderman investigates a series of crimes similar to the ones committed by someone who’s dead.
Exactly how this connects to the franchise is for you to discover. Trust us when we say it’s worth checking out, and more so if you’re into jump scares. This one has the best jump scare in cinema history, and we’ll die on that hill.
6 Shaun of the Dead
Easily one of the best zombie films ever made, and definitely the less traditional one on that list. Edgar Wright’s Shaun of the Dead is a great horror comedy that tells the story of Shaun and his best friend Ed, as they navigate through a zombie-infested London. They’re joined by Shaun’s girlfriend, his mother Barbara, and others as well. This makes the film a great funny piece that somehow makes the horror more tolerable for detractors. The film’s very dynamic in pace and goes by in a flash.
5 Interview with the Vampire
Neil Jordan’s adaptation of the Anne Rice novel is a solid vampire film featuring two huge actors in their prime participating in horror. It doesn’t get any better than that. Interview with the Vampire is the story of a Louis, a vampire who has decided to share his story with a reporter.
In 1791, Louis was transformed into a vampire by Lestat, which begins the chronicle of a weird and obsessive relationship between the two. Starring Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Antonio Banderas, Stephen Rea, Christian Slater and Kirsten Dunst, it’s hard to find a better ensemble cast in horror than this one.
4 Joy Ride
Written by a then-unknown J.J. Abrams and Clay Tarver, Joy Ride is a 2001 horror thriller that scared the hell out of everyone in a matter of minutes. It tells the story of two brothers on a road trip who just mess with the wrong person: They prank a truck driver by pretending to be a girl and telling him to go to a motel, so they can meet.
When Rusty Nail arrives, the brothers hear him and laugh from the next room. Unfortunately, the man in the other room suffers the rampage of a sociopath whose monstrosity the stupid dudes woke up. After that, the film becomes a frantic cat-and-mouse game you’ll never forget. The words “candy cane” would never mean the same again after Joy Ride.
Yes, Se7en is horror, regardless of what people say. It’s a horrific journey through the mind of a sick individual who was always dominant over everyone. There aren’t winners or losers in David Fincher’s film. There’s only the grim and dark reality of a world in which men like John Doe are able to commit horrendous acts of murder. This is one of those films most of us wish we could see for the first time again. The twist, the shot, the “sloth” corpse waking up.
Don’t let anyone tell you Saw isn’t a classic because it’s too recent. Master of horror James Wan’s first Hollywood film is already a genre staple that can stand alongside classics of more extreme waves of horror. When revisiting it, you will find yourself in awe as you find no plot holes. If this is the first time you’re seeing Saw, then you’re in for a treat. If only we could go back in time, and hear that last message by Jigsaw as a living body stands up in the middle of a bloodied bathroom.
Yeah, we know It from 1990 is technically a miniseries. But the ambitious adaptation of the Stephen King behemoth of a novel was part of the early ’90s trend of visiting your local video rental place. You were a kid and your parents suddenly let you rent a horror movie. You found the Pennywise cover of the VHS tape featuring a not-so-horrible Pennywise and you snatched that right away. Two full tapes of horror, that today you can relive by adding It to today’s horror binge.