Bored? Wanting to watch something that will make you sleepless? Well, have a look at the following movies on Hulu for an awesome horror experience!
1. The Descent
Writer/Director: Neil Marshall
Cast: Shauna Macdonald, Natalie Mendoza, Alex Reid, MyAnna Buring, Saskia Mulder, Nora-Jane Noon
Before Neil Marshall started directing action-packed episodes of your genre fans a la Game of Thrones and West World, the filmmaker delivered two of the great monster movies of the 21st century with Dog Soldiers and the latter of which will go down in the books as a horror classic of its time.
The film follows a group of friends and extreme sports enthusiasts who head out for a healing bit of spelunking after a tragedy strikes one of their families.
But when one of them makes the foolish decision to navigate them to an undiscovered cave, they stumble into a hidden from any nest of monsters that are as vicious as they are unsettling to behold.
The Descent is a mercilessly tense thriller for its first half, preying on the panic of being trapped and the tight, inescapable obstacles of the cave they’re stuck in, but once Marshall unleashes his monsters, The Descent transforms into a visceral, kinetic action horror that pits a team of trained survivors against a primal hoard.
Writer/Director: Alex Garland
Cast: Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Oscar Isaac, Gina EZ Mendez, Tuva Novotny, Benedict Wong
Annihilation is a trippy, wondrous sci-fi horror show that taps into the human drive toward self-destruction and transforms it into a phantasmagorical nightmare.
Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson, Oscar Isaac, and Jennifer Jason Leigh all give standout performances in a loose adaptation of Jeff Vander Meer’s novel, which starts as an investigation into a mysteriously transformed region of the world called Area X, where an alien force known as the shimmer has redefined the rules of nature.
But Annihilation gets weirder with every passing moment, and each new biological perversion is more terrifying than the next, leading to an honestly insane and stunning finale that I still can’t believe got studio funding.
But thank God it did, because Annihilation‘s wild and haunting third act is an unapologetic force of creativity and vision that defies easy answers and demands introspection.
3. A Quiet Place
Director: John Krasinski
Writers: Bryan Woods and Scott Beck
Cast: Emily Blunt, John Krasinski, Millicent Simmonds, Noah Jupe
John Krasinski has given us all a lot of laughs over the years, but with his creature feature A Quiet Place, the actor-director brings the thrills.
Set in a world overrun by alien creatures who hunt by sound, A Quiet Place follows a family trying to survive in the silence…. oh, and the mother’s pregnant. Silent birth?
That’s not a Thing. Krasinski does a killer job building tension as the family catapults towards the inevitable arrival of the baby and the creatures close in on their home.
I’ve rarely seen audiences so respectfully silent in a theatre, clinging to the film’s quiet atmosphere, quietly munching on popcorn when the score kicked in.
It’s a damn impressive directorial feat from Krasinski, who writes a love letter to Steven Spielberg with his set-pieces and Amblin-Esque big heart, and it’s one of the best tales about the terrors of parenting in recent memory.
4. Little Monster
Writer/Director: Abe Forsythe
Cast: Lupita Nyong’o, Josh Gad, Alexander England, Diesel La Torca
This delightful zombie comedy hails from Australian filmmaker Abe Forsythe (Down Under) and stars Lapita Nyong’o as an ass-kicking kindergarten teacher who winds up trapped in a zombie apocalypse with a classful of kids, a deadbeat volunteer chaperone (Alexander England), and a self-obsessed children’s TV star who brings nothing to the table but ego (Josh Gad).
Throw in the world’s cutest Star Wars fan in the offensively adorable Diesel La Torraca, a few rounds of Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off”, and a slaying Nyong’o amid zombie action, and you’ve got a crowd-pleasing horror-comedy just in time for Halloween.
Director: Julius Avery
Writer: Billy Ray and Mark L. Smith
Cast: Jovan Adepo, Wyatt Russell, Mathilde Ollivier, Pilou Asbaek, John Magaro, Ian De Caestecker, Jacob Anderson
Somehow, against all reason, this J.J. Abrams-produced spectacle film just didn’t hit with audiences the way it should have.
Maybe they should have made it a Clover field movie.
Directed by Julius Avery, Overlord follows a troupe of American soldiers behind enemy lines in World War II, where they set out to destroy a radio tower in time to save D-Day and discover a mad scientist lab filled with ungodly Nazi experiments.
Avery is equally invested in making a war movie as he is a horror movie, and the result is a thrilling, action-packed adventure that sours into a grotesque monster mash.
6. Anna and the Apocalypse
Director: John McPhail
Writers: Alan McDonald and Ryan McHenry
Cast: Ella Hunt, Malcolm Cumming, Christopher Leveque, Sarah Swire, Ben Wiggins, Marli Siu, Mark Benton, Paul Kaye
Few films have to satisfy as many genres as Anna and the Apocalypse, but this Scottish gem ticks all the boxes handily while singing and dancing through the heartfelt chaos.
Part Christmas movie, part high school musical, and part mom-com, Anna and the Apocalypse is surprisingly high at being all three, bouncing between holiday spirit, teenage hormones, and laugh-out-loud horror-comedy (or sometimes, heartbreaking zombie drama) with such tonal precision director John McPhail makes it look deceptively easy.
Sure, this is probably the only musical where you’ll see a zombie in a snowman suit get decapitated by a see-saw or watch a gang of singing teenagers dispatch the undead with watermelons and a PlayStation controller, but it’s also just a damn good musical to boot with earworm songs, high ensemble numbers, and — arguably the toughest to pull off of all — great (and hilarious) new Christmas songs you’ll immediately add to your yearly playlist.
7. Tragedy Girls
Writers: Chris Lee Hill, Tyler MacIntyre
Director: Tyler MacIntyre
Cast: Brianna Hildebrand, Alexandra Shipp, Kevin Durand, Craig Robinson, Jack Quaid
The film stars Brianna Hildebrand and Alexandra Shipp as McKayla and Sadie, respectively. They’re BFFAEAE and are obsessed with hitting it big on social media. (Surprise, surprise.)
They also happen to be obsessed with murder. Combining their two passions, the Tragedy Girls manage to kidnap a local serial killer (Kevin Durand) and then put his expertise to put together a legendary killing spree of their own.
8. Hounds of Love
Writer/Director: Ben Young
Cast: Emma Booth, Ashleigh Cummings, Stephen Curry
Hounds of Love is the kind of movie you’re probably only going to watch once, but you will be glad you did it.
A stunning and searing directorial debut from Ben Young, Hounds of Love, will capture you in a constant nightmare and character-driven fight for survival that will leave you wanting a shower, a hug, and another horror film from Young as soon as possible.
Ashleigh Cummings stars with a breakout performance as Vicki Maloney, a teenage girl who’s abducted by sweetheart killers and tormented in their home, where she gets a first-hand look at the toxic cracks in their relationship.
And uses them to her advantage. Hounds of Love is bleak (right at home with fellow Aussie-horror soul-crushers Snow town and Wolf Creek), but it’s also an empathetic and compelling movie about the journey from victim to survivor that earns and lands every beat.
Writer/Director: Adam MacDonald
Cast: Laurie Holden, Nicole Muñoz, Chloe Rose, Eric Osborne
We all know we shouldn’t tangle with dark forces, but few films do such a good job painting a chilling portrait why not as Pyewacket.
An unsettling, slow-burn spin on the old “careful what you wish for” adage, the film stars Nicole Muñoz as a troubled teenage girl who takes out her angst by dabbling in dark magic and takes it one step too far when she places a particularly horrific curse in anger.
She may regret it, but the deed is done, and Pyewacket spins out a sickening sense of encroaching dread as the consequences start to fall into place.
This one’s not a crowd-pleaser, but it is a chilling trip to a self-made hell with a powerhouse ending that will leave you with a pit in your stomach.
10. Ghost Stories
Writers/Directors: Andy Nyman, Jeremy Dyson
Cast: Andy Nyman, Martin Freeman, Paul Whitehouse, Alex Lawther, Paul Warren
Easily one of the best horror anthologies of the 21st century, Ghost Stories follows a professor and paranormal skeptic who lands three chilling case files and sets out to debunk them.
Instead, he winds up on a terrifying trip into the otherworldly that plays with doubt, psychological instability, and the bizarre, leaning into laughs as often as it does genuine chills.
Often the anthology format makes a film feel disjointed, but takes us on a journey that feels whole, deftly maneuvering tonal shifts and tying it all up in a whacko ending.