What about horror movies in summer? There’s something irresistible about escaping the heat by going to a dark, air-conditioned cinema and enjoying a tingling scare. Luckily, we don’t need movie tickets to experience our own chilling horror nights. All we need is a Hulu subscription and air conditioning to enjoy the theater experience at home. Plus, you don’t have to spend $20 on drinks and a large popcorn! There’s no shortage of horror deals on Hulu, so we’ve picked our 10 favorites from the queue. Did yours make the cut? Read on and find out!
10 knock Knock
Eli Roth’s nasty home invasion thriller is more than meets the eye. knock Knock Keanu Reeves plays married Evan Webber, who is stuck at home alone on Father’s Day weekend after his wife and children go to the beach. But Evan isn’t alone for long when two women, Genesis (Lorenza Izzo) and Bel (Ana de Armas), knock on his door. It’s pouring rain, their phones don’t work, and they’re lost on their way to a party. Evan invites them in and the game of cat and mouse begins. knock Knock offers a campy reversal of the horror film Woman in Danger, in which the ladies quickly turn the tables on Evan. The film is an update of the cult horror classic game of death from 1977, but the remake is decidedly modern in its sexual politics and use of social media. CW: This movie has a sexual assault scene.
9. John dies at the end
Horror fans know director Don Coscarelli from his cult hits like that phantasm series and Bubba Ho-Tep. But don’t miss his 2012 Mindbender John dies at the end. The wacky horror comedy follows David (Chase Williamson) and his friend John (Rob Mayes) as they take a new street drug called soy sauce that takes users to other dimensions and timelines. When David is accidentally injected with soy sauce, he discovers that everyone who comes back from their drug trip brings with them a monster from another dimension. The film twists wildly into different worlds, times, and storylines, but never loses its sense of humor or WTF vibes. JDATE also includes cameos by Paul Giamatti, Doug Jones and Clancy Brown. Don’t miss one of the most original horror movies of the last decade.
Steven Soderbergh’s 2018 psychological horror film insanity follows Sawyer (Claire Foy) as a woman being tormented by a stalker (Joshua Leonard). Unable to get help from the police, she speaks with a counselor at the Highland Creek Behavioral Center, where she unknowingly signs a voluntary psychiatric committal. But the hospital isn’t what it seems, as Sawyer learns from fellow patient Nate (Jay Pharoah). Shot entirely on an iPhone 7 Plus, the film offers a disturbing look at how America’s healthcare system and law enforcement agencies are failing women, and the systemic sexism that allows stalkers to constantly abuse their victims. Because for many women, just being there is a horror film in itself.
7. To run
Although it came out in 2020, To run is a throwback film that evokes the slowly building psychological tension of a Hitchcock film. Directed by Aneesh Chaganty (Seek), To run follows bright teenage girl Chloe (Kiera Allen) and her overly doting mother Diane (Sarah Paulson). Chloe is paralyzed from the waist down and has asthma, diabetes and heart problems. Diane homeschools her and the two live relatively isolated and off-the-grid lifestyles. But when Chloe is applying to colleges and planning to leave the nest, the two find themselves in a tense battle over Chloe’s future. Anyone with a disability in real life makes a star out of it. The film doesn’t just define Chloe through her disability, but makes it just one facet of her multifaceted character. It’s a stunning performance in a stylish, tightly convoluted film. If you weren’t watching To run yet you are missing something.
Dating can be pure murder, and few films embody that idea better than Mimi Cave’s Fresh. After a series of horrible online dates, Noa (Daisy Edgar-Jones) has a cute meeting with handsome doctor Steve (Sebastian Stan) at the grocery store. Noa is quickly taken on a romantic weekend getaway by Steve… until she wakes up and finds herself chained in the basement. Steve’s interest in Noa turns out to be less romantic and more… culinary. Steve is a cannibal who seduces women, slaughters them and sells their parts to the cannibal elite. A darkly comedic indictment of dating, Fresh is a film to remember.
5. Little monsters
Between their appearances in Little monsters and Jordan Peeles Us, Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o is quickly claiming the title of the modern scream queen. In Abe Forsythe’s Australian comedy horror, she plays Miss Caroline, a popular kindergarten teacher who takes her students on a trip to a zombie-infested farm. Caroline proves she’s as adept at killing zombies as she is at singing Taylor Swift songs to the kids while playing the ukulele. Caroline is joined by washed-up rocker Dave (Alexander England) and embittered child actor Teddy McGiggle (Josh Gad) as they try to fight off the zombies. But it’s Nyong’o’s film and she absolutely owns it.
Fans of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 1987 sci-fi monster classic predator have long waited for the film to be as bombastic and funny as the original. But while there have been a multitude of sequels, spin-offs, and crossovers, few have lived up to the original (although the upcoming prey looks promising). But I have a soft spot for the 2010s predators. Directed by Nimród Antal from a story by Robert Rodriguez, the film follows a group of trained assassins who are kidnapped and dumped on a distant alien planet. Unfortunately, the planet is a game reserve for two rival groups of predators, and the group must struggle to survive. The all-star cast includes Adrien Brody, Topher Grace, Laurence Fishburne, Walton Goggins, Danny Trejo, Mahershala Ali and Alice Braga. The film is a goofy, energetic banger from start to finish.
3. The cursed one
If you like historical horror and werewolf stories, you will definitely enjoy it The cursed one. Written and directed by Sean Ellis, this gothic horror film premiered at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival under the title Eight for silver. In 19th-century rural France, a supernatural force threatens a small village. John McBride (Boyd Holbrook), a pathologist, comes to town to investigate the mysterious attacks and uncovers a history of brutality and violence within the community. While the film has its issues, it’s worth watching for the moody atmosphere, costumes, and brooding mood.
2. Let in the right one
Swedish horror film Let the right one in captivated audiences worldwide thanks to its tender storytelling and captivating performances by its two child leads. Tomas Alfredson’s film follows Oskar (Kåre Hedebrant), a lonely 12-year-old boy who befriends his new neighbor Eli (Lina Leandersson). Oskar soon discovers that his pale little friend is a child vampire, with an adult protector procuring her blood. Part coming-of-age, part childhood romance, the film received rave reviews and inspired an American remake in 2010 let me in. And just last year, Showtime ordered a series adaptation starring Demián Bichir, Anika Noni Rose and Grace Gummer.
1. memories of murder
Before he won the Oscars in 2019 parasiteBong Joon-ho delivered this dark police drama based on the true story of Korea’s first confirmed serial killings, which took place between 1986 and 1991 memories of murder follows Detective Park (Song Kang-ho) and Detective Seo (Kim Sang-kyung) on their hunt for the killer. But the film also addresses the larger themes of police brutality, the male ego and the military dictatorship that rules the country. While not strictly a horror film per se, the haunting film will definitely leave you spooked and thought-provoking.
(Selected Image: Lionsgate Premiere)
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