While horror movies have remained consistently popular over the decades, in the last few years, the genre has also become a major part of the TV landscape. Some of the most exciting, scary, and inventive horror stories are now being made for the small screen, and the explosion of streaming services has ensured that creators of scary content have plenty of places to make their shows.
Hulu is a great place to look for must-watch horror shows. The service contains some of the highest profile series of the last few years, such as American Horror Story and Hannibal, as well as some lesser known shows. There's some superb British horror series, movie spin-offs, and much-loved classics like The Twilight Zone and the X-Files.
We've looked through Hulu's current library of horror shows and picked some of the best to check out. All of these titles are included with the basic Hulu subscription, which starts at just $6 a month. You can check out our full breakdown of Hulu plans and pricing for 2021 (including the Disney Plus bundle with Hulu) for more details if you're considering signing up. And once you've read this, check out GameSpot's guide to the best horror movies to watch on Hulu.
Like The Walking Dead, this spin-off has varied in quality, but at its best the mix of zombie thrills and character-based drama equals that of the main show. The Texas-set Season 3 and Season 4, which added Walking Dead favorite Morgan to the cast of characters, are must-watches.
Hulu sadly cancelled this Stephen King-inspired show last year, but the two seasons that were produced are superb. It's set in the titular fictional Maine town and weaves characters, stories, and themes from many of King's books into a satisfyingly spooky ensemble drama.
Ryan Murphy's horror anthology is an iconic show, with each season taking on a new story and cast of characters. From Murder House and Asylum to Roanoke and 1984, AHS takes horror influences from through the genre, telling different types of scary stories, meaning there's something for just about any type of horror fan--including whatever Freakshow was.
This spin-off from the hugely popular dystopian horror movie series expands the world of the Purge and tells more stories about the infamous annual nights of legalized crime. The series was cancelled after two seasons, but with the fifth and possibly final movie, The Forever Purge, releasing soon, it's a good time to check out the show.
This fantastic but short-lived British series puts an interesting spin on the zombie genre, where the undead have been contained and largely wiped out, and those that still exist are medicated and reintroduced to society, The series deals with issues of sexuality, trauma, and prejudice in an intelligent way, once more proving that horror is a great genre in which to explore serious themes.
This excellent eight-episode anthology series is based on author Nathan Ballingrud's 2013 short story collection North American Lake Monsters, and features "encounters with mermaids, fallen angels, and other strange beasts." There's a lot of anthology horror out there right now and this one went under the radar when it was released in October last year, but is well worth a look.
Cult-classic horror series Hannibal reimagines the story of Red Dragon in a brand new light. Created by Bryan Fuller and starring Mads Mikkelson and Hugh Dancy, this show is a stylish, trippy, gruesome art piece that still finds new fans even now, years after its finale
Rod Serling's classic sci-fi/horror/fantasy anthology series the Twilight Zone has earned its place in the pop culture pantheon as one of the most instantly recognizable and iconic TV shows of all time. From fan-favorite moments like William Shatner watching a monster on the wing of an airplane to genuinely terrifying episodes about talking dolls who murder people, there's something here for everyone.
Spinning out of the 2014 mockumentary film of the same name, FX's What We Do In The Shadows TV show introduces a new group of vampires and their human familiar, Guillermo, as they try (and mostly fail) to navigate life in modern New York City.
It would be difficult to find a more iconic TV mix of sci-fi and horror than The X-Files. All 11 seasons of Mulder and Scully's endlessly rewatchable adventures against aliens, ghosts, cryptids, and sprawling government conspiracies are here and ready to be revisited again and again.
American Horror Story isn't Ryan Murphy's only horror series--he also co-produced two seasons of the slasher satire Scream Queens. The impressive cast includes Emma Roberts, Jamie Lee Curtis, Billie Lourd, and Abigail Breslin, and if the show puts more emphasis on the laughs than the horror, it's still a bloody good time.
The Exorcist is such an all-time horror classic that the idea of rebooting it for TV shouldn't have worked. But the recent small-screen reworking was a surprisingly tense and atmospheric reimagining that works both as a sequel to the 1973 film and a scary demonic drama in its own right.
This gruesome Guillermo Del Toro-produced show centers upon a virus that causes vampirism and spreads rapidly. The premise was scary enough in 2016 when The Strain premiered, but obviously now it has even more of an impact.
This British anthology comedy horror comes from the creators of the equally dark and funny The League of Gentlemen, and takes influence from gothic horror and classic anthology shows such as The Outer Limits and The Twilight Zone. The results are an unpredictable and inventive series, with a surreal sense of humour and some genuinely creepy episodes.
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