Halloween 2020 may not feature much in the way of trick or treating, but Hulu has plenty of cinematic treats for those looking for great horror movies to watch this October. In fact, the streamer has over 170 scary films to stream this month, from cheap thrills to high-budget Hollywood classics.
The best horror films on Hulu this Halloween
Nearly two decades before Black Panther brought Black superhero fans a cool super of their own, they had Wesley Snipes’ Blade, the vampire-slaying vampire. Mahershala Ali is set to bring the character into the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the coming years, but he has big boots to fill from this original, which as Marvel’s first box office success is in some way responsible for cinema as we know it today. Not that the MCU would ever dare to be as bloody as 1998’s Blade today.
We have all had dodgy diner meals, but thank yourself lucky you have never visited the eatery at the heart of Blood Diner, a restaurant that two brothers as a front for their mission to collect women’s severed body parts for an occult ritual. A cult film since its release in 1987, the movie is also one of the few from the time to be directed by a woman.
Some killer animal movies have psychological subtext. Jaws, for example, is thought to be about much more than its central shark. Crawl, in contrast, is exactly what it seems to be: A movie about killer crocodiles who terrorize a town after it starts to flood. That does not mean, however, that the movie is not a hugely enjoyable watch.
Evil Dead 2
The original Evil Dead is on Netflix, but it is the sequel that is the superior movie. With this horror sequel, director Sam Raimi goes full slapstick, making probably the only movie in which a severed hand gives someone the finger.
Move over, Freddie and make some room, Jason: Pinhead is here and he has “such sights to show you.” Making horror’s most visually distinctive big bad, the cenobite is introduced in Hellraiser, which sees writer Clive Barker adapting his story. Sure, some scenes are pure ’80s cheese straight out of the Bonnie Tyler “Total Eclipse of the Heart” video, but the prosthetics are some of the era’s best, and the movie’s S&M subtext still feels unsettling three decades later.
Parasite was not the first-time Bong Joon-ho made a movie that defied all genre expectations. He first came to international attention for exactly that with The Host, his take on a kaiju monster movie that sees the residents of Seoul battling a tentacled terror.
The House That Jack Built
Lars Von Trier has long made horror-adjacent works, from the brutal Antichrist to his TV drama The Kingdom. The House That Jack Built, however, is his most Halloween-friendly movie, a gory story of a serial killer that seems straightforward (and very, very nasty) until a bizarre turn towards the end.
Interview with the Vampire
For Hulu subscribers who like their Halloween movies, star-laden and campy, Interview with the Vampire is a perfect choice. Sure, the movie features some accents that seemed to have drowned somewhere in the Atlantic, but the Anne Rice adaptation starring Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt and Kirsten Dunst still has a legion of dedicated fans.
Little Monsters came and went when it received a cinema release in 2019, but it deserves to be seen by more people. Starring Lupita Nyong’o as a woman helping a group of school children fight zombies in a zoo, the film is equal parts silly and splattery, plus much less self-serious than her other horror movie Us.
Though female directors have recently made horror classics like The Babadook, Raw and A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, women are still under-represented in the genre. This is something that XX tries to change, with its anthology of female-directors horror stories. Like all horror anthologies, the results are a mixed bag, but the talent of participating directors like Karyn Kusama and St. Vincent (making her directing debut) is undeniable.