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40 Best Horror Movies On Hulu [October 2021]

With plentiful streaming services to choose from, horror hounds have a bounty of choices these days. And sure, while on-demand entertainment may carry some troubling implications for our beloved local theaters, one of the significant boons of streaming is the increased odds of stumbling across new, and new-to-you, discoveries. For a horror fan (or the horror-curious), that may mean venturing into more international waters or taking a dip into under-seen cult favorites or buzz-worthy indie offerings. 

Indeed, the horror films available on Hulu cover a surprisingly diverse range. There's a little something for everyone, no matter your genre taste. But the eternal movie night question remains: what to watch?

Well good news! To make the selection process easier, we've combed through Hulu's library and selected 40 of the best horror films currently streaming on the service. Our picks may not always gel with the critical consensus, but considering horror's enduring stigma amongst its more respectable peers, stumping for appreciated gems is pretty par for the course as far as the genre's concerned. 

Updated on September 28, 2021: Hulu is constantly updating its selection with new, scary titles that'll have you gasping in fright. So please note that this article is updated monthly to reflect changes to Hulu's streaming availability.

30 Days of Night

Every year, the remote town of Barrow, Alaska, is plunged into one whole month of polar darkness. And this year, as the last remnants of sunlight slip away, a gang of vampires emerges to dine out on the horrified townsfolk. Barrow's last and only hope for survival is an estranged but doggedly determined husband and wife duo. Unfairly judged at the time of its release as "mean-spirited" and "over-stylish," this haunting vampiric chiller is unconventional, feral, and intentionally ugly. No fancy castle-owning vampires here. Just a whole lot of decapitations, bloodletting, and ice-cold malice.

  • Starring: Josh Hartnett, Melissa George, Danny Huston
  • Director: David Slade
  • Year: 2007
  • Runtime: 113 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 51%

The Alchemist Cookbook

A recluse and self-taught chemist named Sean lives in a derelict caravan in the woods. During an unexpected withdrawal from his medication, Sean finds his quiet life upended by delusions, hallucinations, and an obsession to crack a forbidden age-old alchemical secret. Launching himself headfirst down a dark path, Sean unleashes something far more sinister and demonic than he bargained for. 

  • Starring: Ty Hickson, Amari Cheatom
  • Director: Joel Potrykus
  • Year: 2016
  • Runtime: 82 minutes
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Attack the Block

A gang of South London hoodlums must join forces with the residents of a morose housing complex to protect their neighbourhood from an alien invasion. Fast-paced with a fresh take on a classic B-movie premise, "Attack the Block" seamlessly blends comedy, action, and social commentary for one of the slickest sci-fi horror entries of the 2010s. Brimming with young talent, inventive creature design, and an Amblin-like sense of peril, "Attack the Block" is a top-tier social realism monster mash.

  • Starring: John Boyega, Jodie Whittaker, Alex Esmail
  • Director: Joe Cornish
  • Year: 2011
  • Runtime: 88 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Black Swan

A young, ambitious ballerina named Nina falls to pieces after earning the starring role as the dual lead in her company's production of "Swan Lake." Determined to portray both sides of the role to absolute perfection, the innocent Nina indulges her darker side, with violent results. A taught psychodrama — and one of the rare horror films to receive an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture — "Black Swan" is a modern classic and hard proof that dance and horror are a match made in heaven (or is that hell?).

  • Starring: Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel
  • Director: Darren Aronofsky
  • Year: 2010
  • Runtime: 108 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

Censor

Enid is a film censor who takes pride in her work, "protecting" unsuspecting audiences from the pernicious effects of gore, sex, and explicit content. But her righteous sense of duty to shelter audiences hides a dark secret. Long ago, Enid's sister disappeared. And try as she might, Enid can't recall the details. Then, when Enid is tasked with censoring an old, disturbing film that resonates with her half-remembered childhood memories, her world begins to unravel. An indie horror delight full of skin-crawling retro meditations on the limits and purpose of censorship, "Censor" is a must-watch for fans of a strong, video nasty-like aesthetic.

  • Starring: Niamh Algar, Michael Smiley, Nicholas Burns
  • Director: Prano Bailey-Bond
  • Year: 2021
  • Runtime: 84 minutes
  • Rating: NR
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Children of the Corn

The "Midsommar" of the Midwest may lack the polish of more prestigious adaptations of Stephen King's work. But when it comes to "creepy kids" in folk horror, "Children of the Corn" deserves its due, and has proven more influential as the years have progressed. The film tells of the arrival of a grim child preacher named Isaac, who arrives in small-town Nebraska with a morbid purpose: to convince the local children to murder every adult in town.  

  • Starring: Peter Horton, Linda Hamilton, R.G. Armstrong
  • Director: Fritz Kiersch
  • Year: 1984
  • Runtime: 92 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 35%

Crawl

Look, evacuation orders exist for a reason. And sure, Haley's refusal to flee the oncoming hurricane is a noble one: her father is missing and she'll be damned if she's going to leave town without him. After finding her dad in dire straits, injured and distressed, the pair are trapped by the oncoming deluge with no time to escape the storm. As the waters rise, they quickly realize drowning might not exactly be their biggest problem. There's something in the water. Something big. Something scaly.

  • Starring: Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper, Morfydd Clark
  • Director: Alexandre Aja
  • Year: 2019
  • Runtime: 87 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

A Field in England

As the Civil War rages on in 17th-century England, a small group of deserters flee into a nearby field. There, they're captured by an alchemist who forces them to assist in his fervent search for a buried treasure. As the rag-tag-group ventures deeper and deeper into the field, consuming suspicious mushrooms along the way, tensions mount, and their sanity begins to fray. Demented, obtuse, and unapologetically experimental, "A Field in England" is a psychotropic terror trip and one of the most unusual genre films in recent memory. 

  • Starring: Michael Smiley, Reece Shearsmith, Peter Ferdinando
  • Director: Ben Wheatley
  • Year: 2013
  • Runtime: 90 minutes
  • Rating: NR
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

Friday the 13th - Part IV: The Final Chapter

Do films need to be "good" to be entertaining? Absolutely not. For proof, look no further than the fourth instalment of "Friday the 13th"  (a not-so-final chapter in a franchise that chugged merrily along for several more decades). Giddily careening into self parody, "The Final Chapter" picks up after the infamous Crystal Lake Massacres, with Jason dead as a doornail (maybe) and carted off to the morgue. After mysteriously coming pack to life, Jason's killing spree continues with the big lug's machete set squarely on lusty teens, innocent bystanders, and a young boy named Tommy with a talent for horror make up. A camp classic in every sense of the word, "The Final Chapter" is a ruthless, gleeful entry in the slasher canon.

  • Starring: Kimberly Beck, Peter Barton, Corey Feldman
  • Director: Joseph Zito
  • Year: 1984
  • Runtime: 91 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 19%

Hellbound: Hellraiser II

Don't let that middling RT score fool you, this direct follow-up to Clive Barker's gory classic is one of the best horror sequels out there, somehow bloodier and more bananapants than its predecessor. Picking right up where the original "Hellraiser" left off, "Hellbound" finds our tenacious final girl Kirsty has been committed to a mental hospital. But rather than dismissing her claims of a masochistic dimension of pain-loving demons, Doctor Channard jumps at the opportunity to realize his life-long dream and open a doorway to Hell. 

  • Starring: Clare Higgins, Ashley Laurence, Kenneth Cranham
  • Director: Tony Randel
  • Year: 1988
  • Runtime: 99 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 50%

Hollow Man

Arrogant scientist Sebastian Caine is pretty sure he's cracked the code on invisibility, but with no available human test subjects, he volunteers his own body for the job. His fellow researchers aren't so sure someone so ... unstable ... should be allowed to exist unseen. And sure enough when the team fails to find a way to reverse Sebastian's invisibility, the scientist begins to lose what was left of his already fragile mind. A queasy, cynical, and utterly perverted look at what a depraved mind would do unobserved, "Hollow Man" is far more terrifying and devilish than its critical reputation suggests. 

The Host

On an otherwise ordinary day, a giant mutated amphibian emerges out of the Han River and begins gobbling up anyone and everything in sight. Gang-du, a family man who works at a snack bar, watches as his only daughter, Hyun-seo, is carried away by the slimy creature. Later, quarantined by the military, Gang-du and his family decide to fight back against the oppressive government coverup when they receive a phone call from Hyun-seo — who is still very much alive and trapped in the city's sewer system.

  • Starring: Song Kang-ho, Byun Hee-bong, Park Hae-il
  • Director: Bong Joon-ho
  • Year: 2006
  • Runtime: 120 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Hounds of Love

While spending the weekend at her mother's house in the outer reaches of Australian suburbia, whip-smart teenager Vicki Maloney is abducted by a demented couple intent on involving their new victim in their twisted games. Sensing her imminent murder, Vicki attempts to drive a wedge between her captors, hoping to secure her survival and even an opportunity for escape by driving the malicious pair apart. (Be warned — this one gets really rough.)

  • Starring: Emma Booth, Ashleigh Cummings, Stephen Curry
  • Director: Ben Young
  • Year: 2016
  • Runtime: 108 minutes
  • Rating: NR
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

The House That Jack Built

As a narcissistic serial killer named Jack makes his way through various circles of hell, he proudly recounts the details of his most vicious crimes to his exasperated guide, Virgil. For Jack, these murders are towering works of art, created by an unappreciated genius. To Virgil and the audience, it becomes increasingly clear that Jack is a deluded (if dangerous) moron full of hot air.

  • Starring: Matt Dillon, Bruno Ganz, Uma Thurman
  • Director: Lars von Trier
  • Year: 2018
  • Runtime: 151 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

In 15th century Paris, Jehen, the nefarious brother of the archdeacon of Notre Dame, is overwhelmed by lust for a Romani woman named Esmeralda. Jehen commands Quasimodo, the deformed bellringer of the church, to kidnap her. When his attempts to woo Esmeralda are foiled by the charming Captain Pheobus, Jehen abandons Quasimodo and frames Esmeralda for the attempted murder of the captain.

  • Starring: Lon Chaney, Patsy Ruth Miller, Ernest Torrence
  • Director: Wallace Worsley
  • Year: 1923
  • Runtime: 101 minutes
  • Rating: NR (Passed)
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Knives and Skin

Closely mimicking the uncanny gait of David Lynch's "Twin Peaks," "Knives and Skin" kicks off with a high school student in an unnamed Midwest suburb going missing under mysterious circumstances. This in turn prompts a collective awakening in the town's teenage girls. And as the ripple of paranoia spreads throughout the community, the inhabitants of the town begin to unravel in response to the increasingly surreal situation.

  • Starring: Marika Engelhardt, Grace Smith, Ireon Roach
  • Director: Jennifer Reeder
  • Year: 2019
  • Runtime: 112 minutes
  • Rating: NR
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 69%

Let the Right One In

In a morose Swedish suburb in the 1980s, a 12-year-old loner named Oskar befriends his new neighbor, Eli, a moody blood-sucking child who has been 12 for over 200 years. Relentlessly bullied at school by his sadistic classmates, Oscar finds security in his new friendship, and the pair form a deep bond as the local body count continues to climb. 

  • Starring: Kåre Hedebrant, Lina Leandersson, Per Ragnar
  • Director: Tomas Alfredson
  • Year: 2008
  • Runtime: 115 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 98%

Little Monsters

Miss Caroline was able to leave her music career behind and become a children's teacher. Surely she can also handle a zombie outbreak? Teaming up with a kid's show personality named Teddy McGiggle (whose name is way too hilarious not to mention here), Miss Caroline will be damned if anything happens to her kids.

  • Starring: Lupita Nyong'o, Josh Gad, Stephen Peacocke
  • Director: Abe Forsythe
  • Year: 2019
  • Runtime: 94 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

Lords of Chaos

It's the late 1980s in Oslo, and an aspiring black metal musician named Euronymous would do anything to make it big with his band Mayhem. Mounting shocking and increasingly deranged publicity stunts to make a name for themselves, the band's horrific attention-seeking antics begin to spill over into reality with volatile, murderous results. 

  • Starring: Rory Culkin, Emory Cohen, Sky Ferreira
  • Director: Jonas Akerlund
  • Year: 2018
  • Runtime: 118 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%

My Bloody Valentine

Completely undeserving of its lackluster Rotten Tomatoes score, "My Bloody Valentine" is, get this, one of the best slasher films ever made. A quintessential slice of Canadian horror that borrows heavily from the Italian giallo genre, "My Bloody Valentine" tells of a small Nova Scotian mining town, a beloved local Valentine's Day celebration, and a local boogeyman out for blood if anyone parties too hard. Full of inventive kills and an unconventional setting, "My Bloody Valentine" marks a grisly entry in a genre that can often feel a little paint-by-numbers. How many other slasher villains are this committed to workplace safety?

  • Starring: Paul Kelman, Lori Hallier, Neil Affleck
  • Director: George Mihalka
  • Year: 1981
  • Runtime: 91 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 58%

The Nightingale

In the early 19th century, a young Irish convict nicknamed "Nightingale" pursues a British soldier through the Tasmanian bush. She's hellbent on exacting vengeance for the unspeakable acts of violence visited upon her and her family ... no matter the cost. An uncompromising modern take on an exploitation staple, "The Nightingale" is intense, hauntingly brutal, and not for the weak-stomached.

  • Starring: Aisling Franciosi, Sam Claflin, Baykali Ganambarr
  • Director: Jennifer Kent
  • Year: 2018
  • Runtime: 136 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 86%

The Other Lamb

Raised in a remote all-female cult cut off from modern society, teenage Selah knows nothing of the outside world. Her whole life is ruled by the only male in the community: the Shepherd, a domineering and increasingly volatile leader. When Selah begins to experience hellish visions and revelations during the group's pilgrimage to a new Eden, she starts to question the Shepherd's judgement.

  • Starring: Raffey Cassidy, Michiel Huisman, Denise Gough
  • Director: Małgorzata Szumowska
  • Year: 2019
  • Runtime: 97 minutes
  • Rating: NR
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Phase IV

The first— and, tragically, the only — film directed by the legendary graphic designer Saul Bass, "Phase IV" is haunting, heady, and criminally under-appreciated. The film burrows snugly amongst its '70s sci-fi peers, boasting a horror-tinged vision of an apocalypse that sees humanity outwitted, outmatched, and overwhelmed by a formidable foe: ants! Thrust into rapid evolution after an unprecedented cosmic event, a lone ant colony in the Arizona desert sets its sights on a mysterious, sinister objective. Meanwhile, two oblivious scientists at a nearby research facility find themselves in an ant-imposed lockdown, steadily driven mad by hubris, desperation, and the terrifying realization that the ants have the upper hand. Claustrophobic and filled with genuinely macabre moments, "Phase IV" is unwavering proof that horrific things can come in deceptively small packages.

  • Starring: Nigel Davenport, Lynne Frederick, Michael Murphy
  • Director: Saul Bass
  • Year: 1974
  • Runtime: 86 minutes
  • Rating: PG
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 53%

Possessor

Tasya Vos is an elite assassin; a deadly corporate mercenary who takes over the minds and bodies of unsuspecting victims to fulfil her deadly contracts. But she's beginning to lose herself in her work. Literally. And then her latest assignment gets the better of her, resisting her control and trapping her consciousness within a fleshy prison. Featuring tremendous performances and some of the most gripping gore in recent memory (a promise seldom met these days), "Possessor" is a genuine head trip well worth the crunching bones and shattered skulls.

  • Starring: Andrea Riseborough, Christopher Abbott, Tuppence Middleton
  • Director: Brandon Cronenberg
  • Year: 2020
  • Runtime: 104 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale

It's Christmastime in rural Finland and a sinister archeological dig has found what they're looking for: the real Santa Claus. But this isn't the chubby, jolly Kris Kringle you're liable to spot at a shopping mall — this Santa's damn near feral, doesn't speak, eats raw flesh, and abducts children. Sure enough, local kiddies begin to disappear and the herds of reindeer begin to dwindle. When a local trapper and his precocious son capture the escaped mythological being, they attempt to sell the wretched creature back to the multinational company who sponsored the dig in the first place.

  • Starring: Onni Tommila, Jorma Tommila, Ilmari Järvenpää
  • Director: Jalmari Helander
  • Year: 2010
  • Runtime: 83 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Run

An isolated teen named Chloe is confined to a wheelchair due to complications during her birth. She is homeschooled by her mother Diane, a controlling woman with a dark secret. When Chloe starts to suspect that there's something strange about her disability, she begins to ask difficult questions, kicking off an increasingly violent game of cat and mouse.

  • Starring: Sarah Paulson, Kiera Allen, Onalee Ames
  • Director: Aneesh Chaganty
  • Year: 2020
  • Runtime: 89 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Saint Maud

A quiet and newly devout hospice nurse named Maud becomes fixated on the idea of saving the soul of Amanda, a once-lively retired dancer whose body has become a gaunt, cancerous battleground. As Maud's obsession with Amanda's "degeneracy" twists and festers, her own not-so sanctimonious past starts to bubble up, threatening to tip the would-be saint's already ecstatic faith into a powderkeg of madness.

  • Starring: Morfydd Clark, Jennifer Ehle, Lily Frazer
  • Director: Rose Glass
  • Year: 2019
  • Runtime: 85 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Sea Fever

You know what they say: the sea holds many secrets. A marine biology student named Siobhán finds herself stationed on a well-worn fishing trawler off the coast of Ireland. Siobhán's social misgivings with crew are quickly eclipsed by the sudden realization that the trawler is in the clutches of an enormous, unimaginable creature. Stranded in the deep Atlantic, the crew begin to fall ill with a mysterious infection. It's up to Siobhán to break through the close-knit crew before it's too late.

  • Starring: Connie Nielsen, Hermione Corfield, Dougray Scott
  • Director: Neasa Hardiman
  • Year: 2019
  • Runtime: 95 minutes
  • Rating: NR
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 87%

She Dies Tomorrow

A young woman named Amy is certain she is going to die tomorrow. She shares this revelation with her skeptical friend Jane, who shrugs off her emotional spiral as another alcoholic flare-up. Then, to her horror, Jane realizes that Amy's unshakable sense of imminent death is contagious. Together, Amy and Jane set off on what may very well be the last day of their lives, unwittingly spreading their infectious morbid conviction among their friend group. 

  • Starring: Kate Lyn Sheil, Jane Adams, Kentucker Audley
  • Director: Amy Seimetz
  • Year: 2020
  • Runtime: 85 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 83%

Shelley

A young Romanian woman named Elena works as a housekeeper for a wealthy Danish couple who cannot bear children. Desperate to own a home of her own, Elena agrees to act as a surrogate for the couple in exchange for an apartment for her and her son. While the doctors assure Elena that the pregnancy is normal, she becomes increasingly unnerved by strange events that seem to suggest otherwise.

  • Starring: Cosmina Stratan, Ellen Dorrit Petersen, Peter Christoffersen
  • Director: Ali Abbasi
  • Year: 2016
  • Runtime: 92 minutes
  • Rating: NR
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Species

The year is 1993. The Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence Project (SETI) receives a mysterious transmission containing an alien DNA structure ... as well as detailed instructions on how to splice it with human DNA. What, you ask, could possible go wrong? The result is Sil — a sensual and deadly creature whose beautiful exteriors hides her true deadly, alien form. Campy, action-packed, and at times surreal (did we mention there's a nightmare train sequence designed by "Alien" concept artist H.R. Giger?), "Species" is a midnight movie hoot that must be seen to be believed. 

  • Starring: Ben Kingsley, Michael Madsen, Alfred Molina
  • Director: Roger Donaldson
  • Year: 1995
  • Runtime: 108 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 43%

Spontaneous

Love is in the air. No, wait, that's liquified teenage flesh. Wait, what the heck is happening? A rom-com with an explosive twist, "Spontaneous" sees Mara's senior year become less about looking forward to the future and more about dodging the bloody remnants of her classmates when one of her peers blows up without warning. Before the powers that be can diagnose the unexpected explosion and scrape the viscera off the walls, another kid goes boom. With teenage angst now the least of her troubles, Mara begins to appreciate the smaller things in life.

  • Starring: Katherine Langford, Charlie Plummer, Yvonne Orji
  • Director: Brian Duffield
  • Year: 2020
  • Runtime: 102 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

Spring

A young American named Evan is looking to re-center himself after losing his mother to cancer and travels to Italy. There, he meets a beautiful, flirty genetics student named Louise. The pair hit it off and begin a spontaneous romance. Louise has a secret, and a monstrous one at that, but Evan is determined to make their relationship work, warts (and fangs, and tentacles ...) and all.

  • Starring: Lou Taylor Pucci, Nadia Hilker, Vinny Curran
  • Directors: Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead
  • Year: 2014
  • Runtime: 110 minutes
  • Rating: NR
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

The Tenant

An inconspicuous mild-mannered man rents a French apartment only to learn that its previous occupant committed suicide. Steadily, the man begins to suspect that his landlord and neighbors are attempting to transform him into his predecessor so that he too will kill himself. While "The Tenant" has the unfortunate distinction of being co-written, directed, and headlined by Roman Polanski, there are many (many) other reasons to give the film a watch. From Pierre Guffroy's rich production design to Sven Nykvist's exquisitely calm cinematography to the enchanting talent of Isabelle Adjani, if you are able to stomach its more unsavory qualities, "The Tenant" is an essential slice of 1970s psychological horror — a deeply unnerving, conspiracy-riddled thriller with style and craft to spare.

  • Starring: Roman Polanski, Isabelle Adjani, Melvyn Douglas
  • Director: Roman Polanski
  • Year: 1976
  • Runtime: 125 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

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Theater of Blood

After being humiliated by the Theater Critics Guild, Shakespearean actor Edward Lionheart appears to launch himself into the River Thames. He is, of course, very much alive — rescued on the riverbank by a group of altruistic vagrants. Two years pass, and during the Ides of March, the same critics who mocked Lionheart begin to turn up dead, their murders all mimicking infamous deaths from the Bard's plays. With a quintessential, scene-chewing performance from Vincent Price and a deliciously devious comedic gait, "Theater of Blood" deserves a standing ovation from any self-respecting genre fan. (What? Do you want to end up on Lionheart's bad side?)

  • Starring: Vincent Price, Diana Rigg, Robert Morley
  • Director: Douglas Hickox
  • Year: 1973
  • Runtime: 104 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

Underworld

Unbeknownst to humanity, a nocturnal war between vampires and werewolves has been waged for centuries. A proficient vampire warrior named Selene falls for an enigmatic human doctor named Michael, who has been targeted by the werewolves for unknown reasons. When it becomes clear that Michael is part of a bigger plan, Selene must choose between the man she loves and the vampire elders she serves. A surprise commercial hit that spawned four more films, "Underworld" is a camp-filled, gothic delight. Don't let that limp RT score fool you — this is a stupendous, leather-clad slice of cheese.

  • Starring: Kate Beckinsale, Scott Speedman, Michael Sheen
  • Director: Len Wiseman
  • Year: 2003
  • Runtime: 121 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 31%

The Vigil

"The Vigil" has us passing one spine-tingling night with Yakov, a spiritually (and financially) compromised former Hasid. Lured by the promise of easy rent money, Yakov agrees to take a gig as a shomer and keep watch over the dearly departed corpse of Mr. Litvak. Sure, Yakov was only hired because the original shomer abandoned his post, but so what? A dubbuk, that's what — a Yiddish spirit hell-bent on turning Yakov's reverential vigil into a nightmare. A rare and positively atmosphere-rich entry in the sparsely populated sub-genre of Jewish horror, "The Vigil" is a slow-burning heart-pumper that'll have you turning on every light in your house. You know, just to be safe.

  • Starring: Dave Davis, Fred Melamed, Menashe Lustig
  • Director: Keith Thomas
  • Year: 2019
  • Runtime: 90 minutes
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

The Village

Residents of a small, isolated, village in Pennsylvania live in fear of the hulking, humanoid creatures that stalk the surrounding woods. When a willfull young man tries to venture beyond the sequestered hamlet, his actions set off a chain of chilling events that unearth the community's dark secret. A magnetic meditation on grief, control, and the insidious side of stagnant nostalgia, "The Village" is so much more than its infamous twist and so much better than its Rotten Tomatoes score suggests. Suspenseful and deftly supported by a remarkable performance by Bryce Dallas Howard, "The Village" is a creepy cautionary tale with autumnal vibes to spare. 

Willy's Wonderland

A quiet man minding his own business finds himself stranded in a remote down after his car is damaged. To make some quick cash to pay for the repairs, he accepts a night shift as a janitor at Willy's Wonderland, an abandoned family entertainment center in desperate need of a good cleaning. But it turns out Willy's Wonderland was abandoned with good reason, and the man finds himself duking it out with the demonic, and very much alive, animatronics. 

  • Starring: Nicolas Cage, Emily Tosta, Beth Grant
  • Director: Kevin Lewis
  • Year: 2021
  • Runtime: 89 minutes
  • Rating: TV-MA
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 61%

You're Next

The wealthy but woefully dysfunctional Davison family are attacked by three crossbow-wielding masked men during a weekend getaway. While the assailants pick the Davisons off one by one, Erin, one of the children's significant others, turns out to be a born and bred survivalist. As she wields her talent for improvised home security, the hunters swiftly become the hunted.

  • Starring: Sharni Vinson, Nicholas Tucci, Wendy Glenn
  • Director: Adam Wingard
  • Year: 2011
  • Runtime: 95 minutes
  • Rating: R
  • Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%