Best Movies and TV Shows to Watch on Hulu/Prime Video (October 29-30, 2022)
Halloween weekend is finally here, with trick-or-treaters roaming the streets for candy and mischief as costume parties rule the roost as October draws to a close. For those looking for a quiet night or something to watch in the background as the Halloween festivities begin in earnest, First video and Hulu have plenty of scary movies and shows to keep audiences on their toes. Thankfully, CBR is here to help viewers sort through movie and TV tips and tricks to find the real binge-worthy gems to ring in Halloween.
Here are CBR’s streaming recommendations for Hulu and Prime Video during the last week of October 2022, from gripping thriller miniseries to acclaimed horror movies available to watch on digital platforms — if viewers dare it.
The hostel prepares to shut down on Hulu
Whether Seen brought horror-torture imagery into the Hollywood mainstream, it was the Hotel series that elevated itself into truly visceral, ultraviolent territory. Beginning in 2005, the franchise’s first two installments were written, directed, and produced by prolific filmmaker Eli Roth, while the first film was produced by Roth’s longtime collaborator. Quentin Tarantino. Hotel and Inn: Part II are both set to leave Hulu by the end of October, making them the last chance to watch them on the platform as a dual feature for the foreseeable future.
The first one Hotel follows a group of American college students who stay at a Slovakian hostel, lured by its handsome patrons, only to find it’s a front for the ultra-rich to pay to torture people to death. Inn: Part II doubles down on violence while heightening gothic imagery with operatively gory glee as a distinct group of American college students stumble upon the murderous organization. Certainly not everyone’s cup of tea, the Hotel the movies offer an upbeat Halloween viewing option, with graphic fury not for the faint of heart.
Crimes of the Future Unveils Body Horror on Hulu
If there’s one filmmaker who embodies body horror, certainly with as much artistic esteem as the general public bestows on the genre, it’s David Cronenberg. After more than a decade creating dramas and crime films, Cronenberg returns to the genre he helped popularize with his latest film, Future Crimes, streaming exclusively on Hulu. The body horror film reunites Cronenberg with frequent collaborator Viggo Mortensen, who is joined by co-stars Lea Seydoux and Kristen Stewart.
Set in the future, biotechnology can now interface directly with the human body to radically alter its physiology. For performance artist Saul Tenser (Mortensen), it gives him the ability to grow extra organs which he and his partner Caprice (Seydoux) surgically remove to entertain their audience. As an anti-government group approaches Tenser to advance their evolution agenda, they must decide where they stand as a body count begins to grow from the conflict.
The Downhill takes its final dip on Prime Video
A peculiar kind of sadness accompanies European horror, and the 2005 British film Lowering certainly does not escape this distinction. Six women decide to embark on a bonding exercise by caving in a vast network of unexplored caves in North Carolina. As the group ventures deeper into the tunnels, they learn that they are populated by humanoid creatures nicknamed the Crawlers who have grown feral and developed a taste for human flesh.
With its dark, claustrophobic setting and constant feeling of being chased away, Lowering is one of the best horror films to come out of the UK. With filmmaker Neil Marshall at the helm as writer and director, the film escalates the tension between its characters as old tensions begin to surface, adding to the dark tone and unrelenting dread. A genre master class, Lowering is set to leave Prime Video at the end of October, giving viewers just enough time to check it out.
Run Sweetheart Run Races for Prime Video
Filmmaker Shana Feste Leads an All-Star Cast in New Prime Video Original Film Run darling, run, as a screenwriter, director and producer. In the film, young single mother Cherie (Ella Balinska) decides to return to the LA dating scene, where she meets a charming suitor named Ethan (Pilou Asbaek). Although Ethan seems like a dream partner at first, Cherie quickly discovers he has a scary and violent side to his personality that makes her run for his life.
As Ethan relentlessly hunts her through the City of Angels, Cherie learns that her nightmarish situation is part of a larger conspiracy than she ever could have imagined. A tense game of cat and mouse, Balinska and Asbaek are joined by Clark Gregg and Shohreh Aghdashloo to complete the predator/prey horror story. Viciously captivating, Run darling, run is a harrowing, fast-paced thriller that’s sure to get audiences talking.
The devil’s hour strikes on Prime Video
Ancient Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi reunites with former showrunner Steven Moffat for Prime Video original series Devil’s Hour. Created by Tom Moran, the six-episode series follows a woman named Lucy Chambers (Jessica Raine) who repeatedly wakes up at 3:33 a.m. and finds herself unable to go back to sleep. As Lucy remains baffled by his unusual sleep disorder, she learns he may be related to a strange man known simply as Gideon (Capaldi).
A psychological thriller with supernatural overtones, Devil’s Hour treads heavily on tension and suspense as Lucy’s composure steadily erodes from her strange nocturnal condition. The more Lucy delves into her mysterious connection to Gideon, the grimmer the stakes become as she realizes something far worse than timed insomnia. With all six episodes debuting at the same time, audiences can gorge themselves on the entire series from top to bottom in this gripping ride.