Hulu is a sneaky great streaming service for movies, but how does it fare for horror movies to get you in the mood for Halloween? Maybe not as good as others because of its lack of classics, but if you dig around, you can find some good indie horror gems. Or you could let us do the digging, so you can spend more time picking out the pink Starburst from your Halloween candy bowl for trick-or-treaters.
Our list of the best Halloween movies on Hulu in 2022 includes one of the scariest, most groundbreaking films of all time, as well as a few gems involving creepy creatures, demonically possessed young people (a horror staple), and even evil hair.
For fans of: Films that everyone tries to copy, found-footage movies
The found-footage genre of horror films wasn't that big until 1999's revolutionary The Blair Witch Project, which was told entirely through unearthed videotapes of three ghost hunters exploring the legend of the Blair Witch in the deep woods of Maryland. The set-up is simple — something weird and scary is going on, basically — but the tension that's built by relying on the audience's imagination is a masterwork of filmmaking that none of its imitators have managed to replicate. Yes, it's over 20 years old, but it's still genuinely scarier than almost anything else. That heart-pounding finale still haunts me. -Tim Surette
For fans of: Sensitive horror, Chloë Grace Moretz
The Swedish film Let the Right One In is considered to be one of the great vampire classics of the modern era, and Let Me In is considered to be one of the great American remakes of the modern era. Richard Jenkins plays a man taking care of a young vampire girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) by any means necessary, and Kodi-Smit McPhee plays the curious neighbor who develops a friendship with her. In addition to being a horror film, Let Me In might be more about young romance, making it a multidimensional film that isn't solely about frights — it's like My Girl for goths. But the brutality of the bloodletting and the lengths to which Jenkins goes to protect the girl certainly give it fangs. It's a truly outstanding film, for Halloween or otherwise. -Tim Surette
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For fans of: Fun horror thrillers, The Thing, infectious diseases
A couple's fun camping trip goes awry when they're taken hostage by an escaped convict and his druggie girlfriend. But that's a Disney cruise compared to what happens next: The four of them get trapped inside a gas station and become hunted by an infected animal that soon begins to infect them... and their body parts. This 2008 film is a bit of a cult classic for its gory effects and its creature feature feel. -Tim Surette
For fans of: Humans being stalked, old curses, torches, dismemberment
This gruesome 2021 folk horror film is set in France in the late-1800s and follows townspeople who become cursed after the brutal slaughter of a clan of Romanis who settled on their land. It's got that great pre-industrial feeling with the added bonus of a creature stalking some fancy-pants French people. Yellowstone fans take note: Kelly Reilly stars as the matriarch of the household. -Tim Surette
For fans of: Cabins in the woods, remakes
Obviously, the correct thing to do here is to watch the original 1983 horror classic from Sam Raimi, but if you have trouble finding it, then this decent remake will do. The 2013 version mostly sticks to the script of the original, with a group of young people stalked by demonic entities in a remote cabin in the woods. Sure, there's no Bruce Campbell here, but there is Jane Levy, who proves to be a great scream queen. -Tim Surette
For fans of: Anthologies, variety, horror holidays
The Into the Dark anthology, produced by Blumhouse, features two seasons of 12 horror movies released once a month over the course of the year to coincide with holidays that fall within those months. Though the quality varies from film to film, some are definitely worth a watch. With each season starting in October, there are a pair of Halloween-themed movies in The Body and Uncanny Annie, but you'll find equally appropriate entertaining frights from many of the films, like the goofy Pet Appreciation Week-celebrating Cujo-lite Good Boy, about an emotional support dog that might be murdering people. If you don't have the patience to go through them all, the consensus favorites are Season 2's Christmas horror comedy A Nasty Piece of Work and Season 1's thought provoking Independence Day film Culture Shock. -Tim Surette
For fans of: Spooky tales for little kids, cartoons, Halloween stories that make you feel good
So your kids aren't exactly ready for a serial killer doll or a terrifying tale of witches? You might want to stick to something like this Halloween special from the Madagascar: A Little Wild series. In this short installment, the animal characters your kids have come to love discover that a new resident has arrived. It's a bat, and they're a little spooked out. This tiny tale is a good palate cleanser after a haunted house excursion. Even if your kids have not been watching the entire series, they'll enjoy this 23-minute short film about how to handle fear.
For fans of: Satire, 80's fashion, fantasy
This satirical Halloween movie is set in the 1980s, so you already know the shoulder pads are present and accounted for. But that's not the only scary thing on the screen. The film follows a young woman who decides to get a weave in order to be taken more seriously at work. The only problem? Her hair may be from an enchanted tree, and it seems to have a mind of its own. If you want to get into the holiday spirit but you don't actually like getting super scared, this movie might be more your speed than a classic thriller. It's less stabby and more silly.