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10 Spooky Movies and Shows You Can Stream Right Now on Hulu, Disney+ and Facebook Watch

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“Life’s no fun without a good scare!” You may remember this line from the spooky song “This is Halloween,” and it’s never been more true now that The Nightmare Before Christmas is on Disney+!

If you don’t think of Disney+ as the platform to find ghosts, monsters and paranormal fun, think again. We love Netflix as much as the next person, but there are plenty of scary movies and TV series to be found on other streaming platforms as well. From Halloween classics to underrated indie works, you’re in for a scary good time. Read on for a list of our favorite spooky treats on Facebook Watch, Hulu, and Disney+.

The Ring (2002)

Rating: PG-13

Rotten Tomatoes: 71%

Platform: Hulu

Are you a true horror fan if you haven’t seen this classic scary movie? The Japanese remake has been causing paranormal nightmares for nearly twenty years – telling the story of a disturbing videotape that summons a ghost girl to kill you in seven days. It’s a bit outdated now… who watches VHS tapes or has landlines anymore? But The Ring is a solid ghost story that will spook you more than modern films like Unfriended ever could.

The Birch (2019)

Rating: N/A

Platform: Facebook Watch

If you don’t find trees terrifying, you’ve probably never seen The Birch. Since Crypt TV released the series on Facebook Watch in October, everybody is talking about the titular character – a towering monster composed of knotted tree branches. Her body count is high, but she also has a sensitive side she uses to protect the good kids in town. Despite being a huge, scary tree, she’s definitely NOT all bark and no bite.

Halloweentown (1998)

Rating: N/A

Platform: Disney+

Millennials will remember this iconic Disney Channel original movie. Watching Halloweentown andits three sequels on TV every October was one of the best things about Halloween, and now you can watch them on Disney+! It stars the late Debbie Reynolds as the coolest grandmother ever, who introduces her granddaughter Marnie to a town of ghosts, goblins, witches and other monstrous creatures. The movie is a lot more amusing than scary, though it does have its creepy moments. Watch for a lot of spooky fun and nostalgia!

Don’t Look Under the Bed (1999)

Rating: N/A

Platform: Disney+

While it’s no The Conjuring, this is pretty scary for a Disney movie. So scary, in fact, that the Disney Channel was forced to stop airing it after countless parents called in to complain about how it was too frightening for children. While it tells the story of the monstrous Boogeyman, it also shows how scary the transition from childhood to adulthood can be. So scary that it can even turn some of us straight-up evil, with claws, sharp teeth and all. 

Return to Oz (1985)

Rating: PG

Rotten Tomatoes: 52%

Platform: Disney+

Before you let that Rotten Tomatoes score scare you off, hear us out. This unintentionally scary movie has a freaky Nome King, a room full of severed heads and plenty of terrifying monsters that you didn’t get to see inThe Wizard of Oz. You won’t find a lot of ghosts or paranormal beings, but this cult classic may just ruin your childhood in the best way.

A Quiet Place (2018)

Rating: PG-13

Rotten Tomatoes: 95%

Platform: Hulu

Can you believe Jim Halpert made one of the best films of 2018? John Krasinksi directed and starred in this uniquely scary movie alongside his wife Emily Blunt, where they run from monsters who hunt you the second you make a sound. It features supernatural and mystery elements, while also sticking to an original plot that makes it one of the most watchable horror films on Hulu.

American Horror Story (2011)

Rating: TV-MA

Platform: Hulu

Ryan Murphy’s anthology series has gone through a lot of changes since it premiered in 2011, but it still has everything you could want in the horror genre. While nearly every season features ghosts and the paranormal, the show also has witches, evil nuns, the antichrist and many other unspeakable monsters. AHS star Jessica Lange says in season 2 that “all monsters are human,” but she clearly hasn’t seen Papa Legba from Coven.

Hocus Pocus (1993)

Rating: PG-13

Rotten Tomatoes: 34%

Platform: Disney+

Can you believe one of the most famous Halloween movies of all time was considering a commercial failure? It may have gotten subpar reviews and box office earnings, but this cult classic has inspired everything from cosplay outfits to a 25th anniversary special at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in LA. While not an especially scary movie, it’s a supernatural masterpiece that will bring out the 90’s kid in you.

Paranormal Activity 2 (2010)

Rating: R

Rotten Tomatoes: 59%

Platform: Hulu

While this sequel isn’t quite as iconic as the original (which they should totally add to Hulu,) it’s still a solid scary movie. It has all the ghosts, mystery and paranormal fun of Paranormal Activity, with a few added twists. 

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) 

Rating: PG

Rotten Tomatoes: 95%

Platform: Disney+

This list wouldn’t be complete without Tim Burton’s stop-motion masterpiece – a supernatural film that has enchanted both children and adults for over two decades. It has ghosts, monsters, mystery and charm, and has left quite like the legacy. Blink 182 told us we could “live like Jack and Sally” in their song I Miss You, and Jack Skellington has been a symbol for goth and emo kids everywhere. 

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Scary Movies on Hulu Based on True Events

We’ve all seen the dreaded (no pun intended) words in scary movie trailers – “based on a true story.” Some of you may roll your eyes at the phrase, as we all know Hollywood has a way of stretching the truth. But it turns out that more than a few horror masterpieces are legit – based on real-life paranormal events, serial killers and supernatural experiences.

Grab your popcorn and be ready to be “IRL” scared, because we have the top 10 scary movies and series based on true events that you can now stream on Hulu!

1. The Amityville Horror (2005)

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Rating: R

Rotten Tomatoes: 23%

Any scary movie enthusiast will know about The Amityville Horror, the 1970’s supernatural horror film that tells the story of one of the most famous mass murders and haunted houses of all time. This remake is a modern telling of what happened after Ronald DeFeo Jr. murdered his family in 1974, recounting the Lutz family’s paranormal experiences inside the house and all of its spooky history. Being a remake of the famous 1979 Amityville Horror it’s not shocking that Rotten Tomatoes was not favorable as that iconic film will always be a high bar. At least a few critics favored it over the original though.

2. The Haunting in Connecticut (2009)

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Rating: PG-13

Rotten Tomatoes: 17%

One of the more underrated horror films of the 2000’s, this story is based on true events experienced by the Snedeker family in 1986. Famous paranormal researchers Ed and Lorraine Warren claimed that the Snedeker’s house used to be a funeral home in which morticians practiced necromancy, along with many other paranormal experiences. If you want an old-fashioned ghost story and plenty of dead bodies, look no further than this supernatural flick.

3. The Exorcist (TV Series) (2016)

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Rating: N/A

Rotten Tomatoes: 81%

Why they cancelled this series after only two seasons, we’ll never know. It was pretty great. Serving as a sequel to the 1970’s classic scary movie of the same name, which was based on the real-life exorcism of 14-year old Rolan Doe in 1949, the TV series featured plenty of straight-up scares and excellent special effects. 

4. The Clovehitch Killer (2018)

The Clovehitch Killer Movie Poster 2018

Rating: Unrated

Rotten Tomatoes: 77%

From American Horror Story to this indie masterpiece, it seems Dylan McDermott has a talent for playing serial killers. The titular character is based on Dennis Rader, a mass murderer who killed countless people over the span of nearly 20 years before being caught. As a community leader and Boy Scout guide, nobody suspected Rader of being dangerous… until they did.


5. Child’s Play (1988)

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Rating: R

Rotten Tomatoes: 68%

That’s right, the film about a terrifying and murderous doll come to life is based on true events. Chucky is based on the world’s creepiest doll – Robert. He was made in the early 1900’s by a servant who knew black magic and voodoo, and gifted to Key West author Robert Eugene as a child.

The haunted doll began to mutilate Robert’s other toys, speak to him in a terrifying voice and cause havoc around the house. Robert’s parents claimed they saw the doll running through the hallways, as well as the little girl who adopted him after Robert’s death. How do you know he’s worse than Chucky? The doll is still on display in a museum in Florida, in a thick glass case so he can’t escape!

6. The Purge (2013)

The Purge Horror Movie Poster 2013

Rating: R

Rotten Tomatoes: 39%

Spanning 7 years, multiple sequels and plenty of terrifying Halloween masks, The Purge has become a fixture in horror. Though it’s set in a dystopian future America where any and all crime is legal for a certain time period, it’s not as unrealistic as you think. The plot is based on historical records dating back to the time of Roman Pagans, who celebrated a festival called Saturnalia.

What is this, exactly? A weeklong period of debauchery that gave citizens permission to kill, maim and spread terror throughout the city. They were encouraged to drink heavily and act out their desires without fear of retribution – very similar to The Purge. At least that was only 12 hours, and not a whole week of terror!


7. The Possession (2012)

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Rating: PG-13

Rotten Tomatoes: 40%

Possession films are a dime a dozen, but this one from Lionsgate is based on a highly publicized story reported by the Los Angeles Times in 2004. A small wooden box with Hebrew letters engraved – just like the one in the film – was sold on eBay to museum curator John Haxton. 

Inside were oddities like locks of hair, a granite slab, one dried rosebud and supposedly a “dibbuk,” a spirit popular in Yiddish folklore. The box was said to have caused bad luck and paranormal occurrences with previous owners. However, this means hair falling out and bizarre accidents, not stabbing people with a fork like the little girl in this film.


8.The Act (2019)

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Rating: N/A

Rotten Tomatoes: 91%

While this Hulu original lacks paranormal elements, there’s nothing scarier than being betrayed and abused by the ones meant to love you the most. The Act tells the true story of Gypsy Rose Blanchard, who was forced to fabricate illnesses and disabilities by her mother Dee Dee due to Munchausen syndrome by proxy, and Dee Dee’s eventual murder.

If you need proof of how great this series is, just look at its Emmy nominations and glowing reviews. Gypsy’s story is full of mystery and heartache and is as intriguing as it is terrifying. 

9. Texas Chainsaw (2013)

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Rating: R

Rotten Tomatoes: 19%

A direct sequel that came nearly 40 years after The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, this slasher flick is all kinds of good fun. You’ll get to see the return of Leatherface, the insane dude with the chainsaw who was based on infamous serial killer Ed Gein.

We won’t lie… this film isn’t exactly a masterpiece, but it’s great for a date night or scary movie marathon with friends.

10. Hounds of Love (2017)

Hounds of Love movie poster 2013

Rating: N/A

Rotten Tomatoes: 88%

Can you imagine being kidnapped by a (literal) couple of serial killers? That’s exactly what happens in Hounds of Love, and in real life! The story is eerily similar to that of one of the most high-profile serial killer couples ever – David and Catherine Birnie. They murdered four young girls in 1986 and hailed from Australia, where director Ben Young happens to hail from. Coincidence? We think not!

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The 10 Scariest Podcasts Out There

It seems that podcasts are a dime a dozen these days, but fortunately for horror fans, the quality quite closely matches the quantity. We have scoured the web to find you the scariest podcasts. Also, quite luckily for the fans of the horror genre, the popularity of podcast creation is still on the rise. Like audiobooks, horror podcasts have turned into a popular form of entertainment because it only requires that we listen. We can listen to music, an audiobook, and even a scary podcasts while we’re doing our daily routine–when we’re getting ready for work in the morning, while we’re working out, while we’re commuting to or from work, and when we’re taking a relaxing bath… With horror podcasts, we especially enjoy allowing these creepy stories into our brains during the relentlessly sleepless nights, when an audio-only creepfest entitles us to retreat to the safety of our comfiest blanket while the darkness envelopes us entirely. Check out the ten scariest podcasts below.


10. Ghosts in the Burbs

Ghosts in the Burbs is a podcast made by a children’s librarian, who interviews her neighbors in Wellsley, Massachusetts about stories that no one would ever want to tell children. While she doesn’t bring all the special effects of music, special editing, or anything extraordinary, it’s her content that drives the creepy content of her podcast–while the stories don’t need to be heard in any particular order, we still recommend that you start at the beginning so you can get the full experience that Liz brings us with her dark tales that lurk in the otherwise sunny Wellesley.


9. The NoSleep Podcast

If you follow the NoSleep subreddit, then you’re probably not a stranger to the NoSleep Podcast, but if you’ve never heard it before, then give it a listen–there are so many plausible horror short stories that are a variety of styles as well as perspectives, but the one thing that they all share is the quality of scares. You’ll be consistently spooked by the stories told by NoSleep and you can thank us later.


8. PseudoPod

It seems like PseudoPod is kind of a horror-household name, they have amazing narrators, read some of the best horror short stories, that have come from some of the best authors around. There is something for everyone with this insanely simple and blood-curdling story-telling experience, it stands to reason if you don’t like one you should try another one, you’ll find something that you’re bound to enjoy.


7. Knifepoint Horror

Where other podcasts have an amazing track, or melodious narrators with voices of angels, who can emote through their presence of voice alone, Knifepoint Horror seems to only use the strengths of the narrator voices as well as limited sound effects somehow makes it feel like you’re there in the room with the characters. It makes you feel as if you might be the one that will next fall victim to the horrors that the characters are made to face. We highly recommend this horror podcast if you want something that will make your skin crawl at its best points and intrigue you at its slowest parts.


At number 6 in our scary podcast recommendation list is a self-proclaimed modern take on the Twilight Zone, it doesn’t fail to deliver with its eclectic collection of author contributions as well as narrators along with stellar audio effects make this an immersive experience, but what really makes this podcast special is the agonizingly spooky and mysterious nature of these short stories. The variety available with The Other Stories is perhaps one of its most attractive qualities of this horror, sci-fi, and thriller fiction show–but there’s also the themes that they tackle with each chapter. We even came up with a list of our favorites, so take a look at this podcast, we guarantee you won’t regret it!


5. Limetown

This horror mystery podcast gives the feeling that there is something real going on, it has the depth of a real news story–kind of like a forensic crime documentary. There is something wonderful about the production value of this particular podcast, as it features a fictional host of the fictional American Public Radio who is trying to solve the mystery of several hundred people vanishing from a town in Tennessee a decade ago. The interesting thing about this particular ongoing story is that there are moments where, despite being reminded that it’s pure fiction, that you can’t really be sure of whether or not it’s real. What’s more, there are moments where you might entertain conspiratorial beliefs about it being an elaborate cover-up. Regardless, it smacks hard of the Orson Welles’ adaptation of the H.G. Wells classic War of the Worlds as a radio broadcast that convinced many people that the world was being invaded by creatures from another planet.


4. Video Palace

So if you were to stumble upon Video Palace without any previous knowledge of what they were about, you might think that the narrative was a true story–it starts when the narrator’s girlfriend wakes him up after he began sleep-talking in a non-existent language. They decide to do a full investigation into what could be causing this and what they end up finding is something of a mystery that needs to be solved. The thing that really makes this fictional podcast feel all-the-more real, is the real-life writers, bloggers, and filmmakers that have their own history in the horror genre.


3. Unwell

There’s something very unwell about Mount Absalom, Ohio–even if everything about it screams hospitality. When Lily Harper returns home to Mount Absalom to look after her mother, Dot, she encounters all of the things she hated about visiting her mother during the summers. This podcast is amazingly done, with impeccable audio and a quirky sense of humor that doesn’t overwhelm the darkness and malice that lays beneath the facade of niceties. If you want to disappear into a story, then this is an incredible one to immerse yourself in.


2. The Magnus Archives

Another anthology podcast with a classical sense of tone, the cadence of the narration weighs heavily upon the mood that is delivered–there is something soothing, but utterly petrifying about the way the words are spoken. Something that we find wonderful about the Magnus Archives is the fearless nature in which it tackles each of the episodes–the eerie ability to pull you into a story–submerse yourself in the Archives.


1. Alice Isn’t Dead

There isn’t a way to describe this podcast without gushing like a complete geek–there is something in the production value of this podcast that truly pulls you into the story. We’re following a female truck driver as she searches for her previously thought-to-be dead wife through a desolate landscape of mystery, allure, and a darkness that is difficult to capture through words. With a stunningly capturing score, an entrancing voice actress who gives us a narrative that we don’t want to quit. Just take a listen and tell us you didn’t want to keep listening through to the end.

We hope that you enjoyed this discussion on horror podcasts–it’s an eclectic bunch of channels, but if you’re a horror junkie, you now have hours of content at your fingertips and all for the low-low price of your time and attention! The popular Lore Podcast did not make the cut here, as it isn’t fully horror-based, but we do have a list of some of the scariest Lore episodes you can check out. Let us know what you think about these podcasts and let us know if you feel we should include other horror channels in any future podcast discussions?