Hulu’s collection of supernatural shows is quite impressive considering the range of shows the streaming service has to offer. From a classic horror revival like The Exorcist to a quirky vampire comedy like What we do in the shadows, Hulu’s supernatural content can be added to multiple frenzy sessions depending on the mind of the viewer.
Even though most of these shows end up having undertones of horror, there are also a few exceptions like Merlin which relies heavily on magical fantasy, and Twin peaks, which unfolds like a mysterious drama.
ten Salem (2014-2017): 7.2
As indicated by his name, Salem is a period drama that takes place around the same time as the notorious 17th-century Salem Witch Trials. Adding elements of supernatural horror, the show portrays an alternate story with Gothic romance thrown into the mix.
As a witch (Janet Montgomery) creates chaos and is determined to summon the Devil, her long lost lover (Shane West) returns and serves as a distraction from her plans. Outside the romantic angle, Salem also offers interesting perspectives on the then relevant debate on “witchcraft versus science”.
9 Sleepy Hollow (2013-2017): 7.4
The legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving has been a mainstay of horror, popularized by the gothic feature film by Tim Burton Sleepy Hollow. Unlike most of these period dramas, the TV adaptation of the story also adds a fun modern era storyline that’s loosely inspired by Rip Van Winkle.
Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) is the so-called “Headless Horseman” in this case and a close associate of Founding Fathers like George Washington. However, when Crane wakes up these days due to a mysterious incident, he tries to uncover some myths that will connect him to his past.
8 Witches of the East (2013-2014): 7.6
In the sleepy East End town, two sisters (Jenna Dewan and Rachel Boston) grow up unaware of their hidden magical powers until they uncover a family secret. It turns out the girls were raised under a “witch” mother (Julia Ormond) as they all team up against deadly enemies.
Witches of the East does not shrink from its melodrama but also offers moving moments, benefiting from the chemistry shared between its main actors.
7 Merlin (2008-2012): 7.9
According to medieval folklore, Merlin was the name of King Arthur’s loyal courtier and a master magician. This British fantasy adventure reimagines Arthurian legends from the perspective of Merlin (Colin Morgan) as he seeks to make sense of his magical gifts.
Usually, media focused on King Arthur tends to focus on the iconic monarch. But MerlinThe re-shot subverts these depictions and offers new perspectives on history as it documents Merlin’s rise to Camelot’s realm. It’s worth watching past season 1, if nothing else, for the amazing characters introduced – especially for history buffs.
6 American Horror Story (2011): 8
With each season offering a new storyline, american horror story has become something of a mega-event for modern horror fans. With Joy With the ever-reliable storytelling from creator Ryan Murphy along with many of his regular collaborators like Sarah Paulson and Jessica Lange, the show jumps from one particular supernatural theme to another.
So, if one season focused on a haunted house, another would focus on a cult that developed in the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election. With such a variety of paranormal and real-life horrors, american horror story made for quintessential viewing as an anthology series.
5 The Exorcist (2016-2017): 8
The best part of The Exorcist is that it takes place directly after the original film (albeit with new characters) and completely ignores the infamous sequels. With enough thrills and scares to offer, the show is a worthy successor to its source material and maintains enough atmospheric tension to hook new age viewers.
The plot primarily follows two exorcists struggling with numerous instances of demonic possession. Understandably, originality may be lacking compared to the 1973 film, but its special effects and production design still fare better than many other recent works of religious horror hailed as the best.
4 Preacher (2016-2019): 8
Dominic Cooper plays preacher Jesse Custer, a cursed man with supernatural powers that ultimately lead him to fight against otherworldly forces and seek the ‘Lord’ himself. ‘
Based on the comic book series by Garth Ennis, Preacher effectively covers the journey of its troubled hero while exploring themes such as morality, violence and the futility of human life. Jesse’s hellish ex-girlfriend Tulip O’Hare (Ruth Negga) and Irish vampire Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) join the protagonist of his adventure.
3 Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003): 8.2
A modern classic, Buffy the vampire slayer is notable for not only establishing its supremacy in the vampire genre, but also inspiring a “universe” of its own that includes comics and spinoff series.
What the show benefits greatly is the perfect blend of tonal elements. As protagonist Buffy (Sarah Michelle Gellar) learns to become a trained vampire hunter, through beating and overpowering, her quests are filled with sheer horror situations as well as dark comedy. This is arguably one of the best shows for humanizing the vampire and demon lore rather than relying solely on the shock value generated by the creatures.
2 What we do in the shadows (2019-): 8.5
Inspired by the film of the same name by Taika Waititi, What we do in the shadows retains the mock documentary format of its original to provide a highly interactive ride that is enhanced by its dark humor and lead performances.
Given how oversaturated the vampire horror subgenre has been, the series takes the usual satirical punches against creatures by focusing on three immortal vampires and their everyday misadventures. In fact, a highlight was a special episode that ended up featuring various cinematic vampires as guest stars ranging from Wesley Snipes (Blade) to Tilda Swinton (Only lovers will stay alive).
1 Twin Peaks (1990-2017): 8.8
Twin peaks begins as a mystery when an FBI agent (Kyle MacLachlan) visits the titular town to investigate the death of a high school student. However, over time, he encounters the unknown in strange ways.
As surrealist David Lynch is the creative force behind the show’s direction and writing, Twin peaks has its fair share of dream sequences, magical realism and eccentric characters. Over the years, the series has grown to cult status and is worth seeing for its historic impact on ’90s television.
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