Streaming Service’s Horror Genres Ranked

Ranking Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, Prime Video, Shudder, and Peacock based on their horror movie selection


Gage Chapman, Editor

6. Prime Video

I don’t even know where to start with Prime other than to just say it’s bad. They have an incredibly low number of even semi-relevant movies, and a frighteningly high number of movies you watch to make fun of. Prime’s horror selection carries pitiful movies such as Jack Frost, Santa Jaws, and Evan Straw, as well as for some reason having three different versions of The Hound of the Baskervilles. It’s not all bad though as Prime has the 2021 Candyman, the 2013 Carrie, and An American Werewolf in London. However, these aren’t exactly the biggest movies. Overall, prime is a very mixed bag, and not something you should waste your time on.




5. Netflix

If you’re looking for a classic stay away from Netflix. Netflix has an interesting catalog of movies in the fact that they’re basically all small productions made in the 21st century. It has a couple, and I mean a couple, of big blockbuster movies such as IT and The Conjuring, but most of them are unheard-of low-budget films. Now, this isn’t all bad, as some of the movies, such as It Follows, have gained recognition in the horror genre. The main problem with Netflix though is all the Netflix Originals. Not only are a majority of the Netflix Originals bad, but there are a ton of them. They usually have uninspired titles and equally uninspired plots that you just skip right over, causing them to feel like nothing more than placeholders made to inflate the number of movies.




4. Hulu

Before I begin I would like to point out that Hulu put the 2000 X-Men movie in their horror category. If that isn’t enough reasoning for its ranking then let me give you a few more. Hulu has no big-name films at all, and like Netflix, there are a lot of movies that are just there to skip over. However, there is a reason that I ranked Hulu above Netflix. Hulu may have a lot of unheard-of films, but some of them are actually pretty good such as Let the Right One in and Lights Out, which is one of my favorite horror movies. Hulu also has a few originals of their own with the Into the Dark Anthology, which although they aren’t amazing, a few of them such as They Come Knocking are worth a watch. Overall, Hulu can’t exactly brag about its Horror section but there are a few bright spots.




3. Shudder

Shudder was probably the hardest to rank because all of its movies are good, but there isn’t much of a selection. Shudder carries some big names such as the 1974 Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Hellraiser, and a large portion of the Halloween franchise including the original. They also have some more modern classics with movies like The Babadook and Train to Busan. As I mentioned earlier, Shudder doesn’t have a very big collection of movies, but in some ways, this is a plus because you don’t have to scroll through a bunch of junk to find a good movie. It also helps to ensure that all of their films are of decent quality, as some of Shudder’s lesser-known movies like Slumber Party Massacre and Re-Animator make for a fun watch. Overall, Shudder doesn’t give you a lot to complain about when it comes to their movies, I just wish that there were more of them.




2. Peacock

Going into Peacock I had relatively low expectations. I typically think of it as a more tv show-based streaming service, so I was very pleasantly surprised by their horror movie selection. Unlike other streaming services which have maybe a movie two from a bunch of different franchises, Peacock goes for the whole thing, claiming the entire Saw franchise, as well as a majority of the Chucky movies, and all of the Tremors movies. It’s not all entire franchises though, as it also has the original Thing, the original Candyman, and Halloween two. Another fun thing to note about Peacock is that has all the really old Universal movies like The Invisible Man and Dracula. The only thing I can say against Peacock is that it lacks some of the very top-tier, genre-defining movies, but then again not many streaming services can say they do.




1. HBO Max

HBO might be the biggest surprise out of all of the streaming platforms. The horror section is absolutely loaded with old-school classics like The Exorcist and some even older classics like Cat People which was released in 1942. HBO invested heavily in non-slasher films, with movies such as The Shining, Poltergeist, 28 Days Later, and the Final Destination franchise. With that being said, it’s not all ghosts and death visions as HBO holds one of the big slasher franchises with A Nightmare on Elm Street. They also do a good job of keeping their library fresh with newer movies such as Doctor Sleep, both chapters of IT, and Halloween Kills. Overall, HBO max carries a great selection from top to bottom and should be a must-stop for your movie night.