Scary Books on Hulu

(Above: ‘Books of Blood.’ Source: Hulu)

This month, Hulu unveils several horror films and series under its “Huluween” banner, three of which are adaptations of popular horror books and comics.

Now in its third year, Huluween’s lineup includes:

Wednesday, October 7 – Books of Blood

Based on Clive Barker’s volumes of fantasy-horror stories, Books of Blood is a feature anthology of three tales that venture into “uncharted and forbidden territory.”  The cast includes Britt Robertson, Rafi Gavron, Anna Friel, Yul Vazquez and Freda Foh Shen.

Friday, October 16 – Helstrom

In the 10-episode Helstrom, Daimon Helstrom (Tom Austen), aka the Son of Satan/Hellstorm, and his sister, Ana (Sydney Lemmon), track down humanity’s worst. The siblings, who are the children of a “mysterious and powerful serial killer,” have a complicated relationship, with each possesseing unique skills. The show is based on Marvel comics characters.

Friday, October 23 – Bad Hair

Friday is Bad Hair day. This satirical horror feature, set in 1989, follows an ambitious young woman (Elle Lorraine) in the cut-throat music business. Pressured by her boss to get a makeover, she soon discovers that her new hair “may have a mind of its own.”  Bad Hair also stars Blair Underwood, Vanessa Williams, Elle Lorraine, Jay Pharoah, Lena Waithe, Kelly Rowland, Laverne Cox, Chante Adams, James Van Der Beek and Usher Raymond IV.


Last Friday, Hulu debuted the eight-episode anthology Monsterland, based on Nathan Ballingrud’s story collection, North American Lake Monsters. Each episode features mortal encounters with “mermaids, fallen angels and other strange beasts.”

Hulu offers three subscription plans: $5.99 a month with ads; $11.99/month for a mostly commercial-free experience; and $54.99 monthly for Hulu + Live TV, which includes 60 channels and unlimited access to Hulu’s ad-supported content.  The first two options offer a one-month free trial. Hulu + Live TV offers one week of free streaming.

Hulu also offers a bundle with Disney+ and ESPN+ for $12.99 a month, but no free trial.

For information on other Huluween programming and subscription plans, visit Hulu.

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