While having a good selection of spooky programming is a basic practice for practically any other streaming service, on Hulu, it is a means of celebration. Each year as it draws closer to Halloween, which the platform loves to refer to as “Huluween,” it puts the spotlight on its scariest titles, including some truly chilling horror TV shows, which is precisely what we are going to shed light on with the following list.
It should also be mentioned that Hulu has also proved itself to be a more-than-decent source for some creepy feature-length entertainment, such as the clever British thriller Ghost Stories, the brilliantly dreadful Riley Keough-led drama The Lodge, terrifying found footage gem The Houses October Built, and even its own collection of monthly Blumhouse-produced horror specials, Into the Dark. However, it would be a bloody shame to let the platform’s collection of equally scary television series, from classic anthologies like American Horror Story to ongoing stories such as the FX vampire epic The Strain, go unnoticed.
Thus we have compiled the cream of the creepy crop in TV shows available to stream so you can savor the scares all “Huluween.” We figured that 13 would the appropriate number of series to focus on, starting with, arguably, the most influential program in the genre’s history.
The Twilight Zone (1959-1964)
An amnesiac in a deserted town, a woman hoping reconstructive surgery can make her “beautiful,” a reformed mental patient convinced his plane is in danger, and other seemingly ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances have their stories told in this classic anthology series.
Why It’s A Good Show For Horror Fans: After more than 60 years since it first premiered on CBS, The Twilight Zone, creator and narrator Rod Serling’s experiment in imagination (often told from a socially conscious perspective), possesses a timeless mix of fantasy with bloodcurdling suspense in each episode that horror creators still strive for today.
Stream The Twilight Zone on Hulu here.
A socially isolated teen having an unexpected and unwelcome encounter, a successful business executive at risk of losing everything for past mistakes, and a married couple struggling to overcome their own consuming grief are just three of these eight tales about redemption by uncomfortable and, especially, unexplainable means.
Why It’s A Good Show For Horror Fans: Largely inspired by the stores in Nathan Ballingrund’s book North American Lake Monsters, the Hulu original anthology series Monsterland takes a cue from The Twilight Zone by exploring that darker sides of humanity through grim and fantastic lens.
Stream Monsterland on Hulu here.
Castle Rock (2018-Present)
A small town in Maine continues to live up to its notoriously grim reputation after a lawyer (Andre Holland) returns home to defend a man (Bill Skarsgard) secretly held captive for decades, and later when a desperate single mother (Lizzy Caplan) makes an emergency stop that sets off a chain of horrifying events that affects the whole population.
Why It’s A Good Show For Horror Fans: The titular community of Castle Rock refers to a fictional place that shows up in many stories by horror master Stephen King, whose most famous characters are either directly involved or cleverly referenced in each of the first two multi-episodic arcs explored thus far in this beautifully crafted seasonal anthology.
Stream Castle Rock on Hulu here.
The Terror (2018-Present)
The stories in this anthology follow the crew of a mid-1800s Royal Naval expedition torn apart by monstrous circumstances and prisoners of a Japanese internment camp that experience an even worse fate during World War II.
Why It’s A Good Show For Horror Fans: Yet another seasonal anthology series that has currently two seasons under its belt is The Terror, a highly acclaimed AMC original that stands out from other horror shows of the same structure by basing its otherwise bizarre and frightening stories in historical fact.
Stream The Terror on Hulu here.
American Horror Story (2011-Present)
Witness patients of a sadistic mental hospital fighting for their sanity (and lives), traveling roadshow performers struggling with their own “gifts” among other things, teenage campers having the worst summer of their lives, and more stories that boggle the mind and challenge the senses in just about the most popular seasonal anthology horror series on television.
Why It’s A Good Show For Horror Fans: Sarah Paulson, Evan Peters, and others make up the cast of recurring actors who play a variety of characters that span decades and even planes of existence in American Horror Story, Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s collection of (currently) nine exhilarating, psychosexual visionary thrillers which will keep you from looking at the genre the same way ever again.
Stream American Horror Story on Hulu here.
The X-Files (1993-2018)
FBI agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillan Anderson) often have differing opinions of the cases they are tasked with investigating, but what neither of them can deny is just how strange they tend to be.
Why It’s A Good Show For Horror Fans: From UFO conspiracies, cryptid sightings, urban legends, and other various encounters with things that are out of the ordinary, the contents of The X-Files, creator Chris Carter’s phenomenal marriage of crime procedurals with science fiction and fantasy, never fail to deliver some truly bizarre and harrowing sights that will haunt you long after you finish all 11 seasons.
Stream The X-Files on Hulu here.
Buffy The Vampire Slayer (1997-2003)
A teenage girl striving for an average life instead must accept her destiny as a warrior against demons, bloodsuckers, and all forms of evil with help from her friends and the school librarian.
Why It’s A Good Show For Horror Fans: Unlike Mulder and Scully, Golden Globe nominee Sarah Michelle Gellar’s title character in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Joss Whedon’s darker series update of the 1992 horror comedy he wrote, chases after the supernatural with a more direct and forceful approach that amounts to a stellar, and plenty frightening, display of monster-hunting fun over seven hit seasons.
Stream Buffy the Vampire Slayer on Hulu here.
The Strain (2014-2017)
A CDC researcher (Corey Stoll) is in over his head by the discovery of a virus, originating from a commercial jet that mysteriously appeared in New York without warning, that slowly begins to turn those infected into undead creatures of the night.
Why It’s A Good Show For Horror Fans: Unlike Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s series adaptation of their own trilogy of horror novels (the first of which is titled The Strain), takes a more complex and scientific approach to exploring vampire lore and the cataclysmic effect it would have on humanity.
Stream The Strain on Hulu here.
A group of teenagers must rely on themselves to stay alive after a chemical disaster turns the rest of their town into deadly mutants while they were in Saturday morning detention.
Why It’s A Good Show For Horror Fans: If you were about to frown at the apparent lack of zombie stories on this list, Freakish should be a perfect match for you, and was for fans of old school survivalist horror, as well as high school dramas in the vein of John Hughes, until Hulu cancelled it after two seasons.
Stream Freakish on Hulu here.
Stan Against Evil (2016-2018)
A cantankerous widow and retired sheriff (John C. McGinley) reluctantly becomes the last hope for his small New England community after it becomes plagued by an angry supernatural force.
Why It’s A Good Show For Horror Fans: Imagine if Ash vs. Evil Dead, instead of Bruce Campbell’s chainsaw-handed Deadite hunter, had Dr. Cox from Scrubs as its aging hero and you, basically, have Stan Against Evil: an old school, spatterific B-movie love letter with all the same kind of creatures and supernatural phenomena as many of our entries, but without much of the maturity.
Stream Stan Against Evil on Hulu here.
The Purge (2018-2019)
A not-too-distant future in which all crime, including murder, is legal for one 12-hour period each year is seen through the eyes of several loosely connected Americans just trying stay alive by sunrise.
Why It’s A Good Show For Horror Fans: The two-season run The Purge offers an, arguably, more fascinating and poignant exploration of the sociopolitical message of the popular movie franchise it is spun-off from by its brutal depiction of a society torn apart by its own people.
Stream The Purge on Hulu here.
What We Do In The Shadows (2019-Present)
A camera crew follows a group of seemingly easy-going vampires and their human minion to examine what life is like for the undead in Staten Island.
Why It’s A Good Show For Horror Fans: This series, also a spin-off from a feature film, expands on the concept of Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement’s hilarious mockumentary What We Do in the Shadows by offering even more brilliant and insightful satire on the lore pioneered by Bram Stoker.
Stream What We Do in the Shadows on Hulu here.
Bite Size Halloween (2020-Present)
Get a quick scare with these shorts about a lonely teenage girl discovering she is not so alone at an empty basketball court, a desperate man searching for purpose through a DNA research company, a cruel prankster receives his ultimate comeuppance, and more.
Why It’s A Good Show For Horror Fans: As the title suggests, Bite Size Halloween is a collection of films exclusive to Hulu that last mere minutes, but offer enough screams, and even laughs, to last you long after that.
Stream Bite Size Halloween on Hulu here.
What do you think? Is Hulu your new go-to hub for a blood-curdling binge, or will it take a lot more than any of these series to scare you? Let us know in the comments and be sure to check back for additional information and updates on what is in store for this year’s “Huluween,” as well as even more creepy recommendations for you to stream elsewhere, here on CinemaBlend.