There’s no doubt that Netflix and Hulu compete with one another for the best content. Both services offer an inexpensive alternative to cable television, leaving them with no shortage of customers, and a great movie selection is just another feature they have in common. But not everyone is interested in every genre of movies available.
The cost might not be justified if you tend only to stick to one genre, and Netflix or Hulu don’t deliver so well in that particular category. It’s true that both of these services do have their limitations, both only offering a medium sized library of movies overall. Unfortunately, you can’t browse through the film selections without committing to a free trial of service at the very least, and that’s sure to make some people shy away from these streaming services entirely.
Priced competitively for their monthly service (neither costing more than $11.99 per month), there are perks to using both Netflix and Hulu. At the moment, Netflix offers the better trial membership though with a whole month free to new customers. Hulu only offers one week. Either way, no need to worry, because we’ve already checked it out for you!
If horror is your genre of choice, you’ve got a real treat in store with either of these services.
Netflix brings a lot to the table. Not only does it offer a good selection of well-known horror movies, but you can also browse through different subgenres if you prefer. Locating zombie or vampire flicks is a breeze, and there’s also a selection of TV series available if you don’t have the time for a movie at the moment.
Perhaps one of the best qualities Netflix has to offer is the commercial free viewing and inexpensive price. Even if you choose the Basic subscription at $7.99, you’ll be able to avoid ads and take advantage of closed captions (which are particularly important to have for some flicks). Another perk of Netflix is that they have both newer releases and classic horror films available.
Some titles currently listed on their site are “Hush,” “The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death,” “Mercy,” “Oculus,” “The Fog” and “The Exorcist.” And if you’re in the mood for something a bit more humorous, you can check out their horror comedy subgenre for a few spoofy titles such as “Scary Movie” and “Zombeavers.”
Overall, Netflix is a good choice if you’re looking for horror flicks. You can stream on multiple different devices, such as your tablet, Smart TV, Wii U, PlayStation 4, smartphone and more. The only downside to Netflix is that you won’t be able to access the full library of movies if you live outside of the United States unless you use a Virtual Private Network (VPN).
If you’re located in another country, there’s no guarantee that many of these same titles will be available by default, and instead, it’s more likely that your library will contain mostly movies produced outside of the USA.
Though Hulu doesn’t charge any extra for their subscription services (without add-ons), their subscription plans are a bit different than Netflix’s. They, unfortunately, have commercials on their most inexpensive plan ($7.99 per month), and this might be because Hulu appears to be targeted more towards those who are interested in replacing their cable providers’ service with a more affordable alternative rather than those who are looking for movies to stream.
When you are looking for popular TV shows, however, Hulu is a better choice compared to Netflix since you will get access to current-season episodes the day after they premiere on cable TV.
When it comes to Horror movies, surprisingly their selection seems a bit larger than Netflix’s. Hulu’s money hungry nature does leave a little bit of an aftertaste, though, as they have added “add-ons” on their website, which of right now is only ShowTime.
Without opting into their add-on for an additional $8.99 per month, you won’t be able to access certain content on Hulu. For some, this may not be an issue, though, as it still beats paying for cable TV. Some titles you’ll gain access to if you subscribe to the ShowTime add-on include “Halloween Resurrection,” “Dark Water” and “Zodiac.”
No need to fret, though, as there is still a wide selection of horror films available even without the add-on subscription. As far as classics go, Hulu seems to take the cake with films featuring Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff. You can also check out “Elvira’s Movie Macabre” and if you’re a Stephen King fan, Hulu has “Maximum Overdrive,” “Riding the Bullet,” “The Dead Zone” and more.
So Which Is Better?
Hulu seems to offer more of a unique experience with the films they bring to the table but Netflix offers some films Hulu doesn’t. Overall, you’re bound to be pleased with either, but Hulu appears to offer a selection that is sure to please just about any Horror fan. Ultimately, it’s a matter of opinion, so why not take a look at both by trying a free trial membership?
So You Don’t Miss Out…
One issue with both Hulu and Netflix is that their services are limited when you’re outside of the United States, and you may not have access to the same library of films. Luckily, there’s still a way you can utilize their services without any issues and access all of the films mentioned by using a Virtual Private Network (VPN).
If you’re not yet using a VPN or are unfamiliar with them, a VPN is essentially a remote server that you route your internet traffic through to secure your connection and hide your IP address.
By doing so, you can mask your actual location (if you connect to a remote server that’s located in another country, for example). Once connected, you can unblock geo-restricted content online, allowing you to continue to use Netflix as usual while outside of America.
This not only can be useful for those who are already paying for their streaming service and tend to travel overseas, but also for those living outside of the USA who are looking for some new sites to stream American horror movies on. As a bonus, it’ll also help with Hulu and keep you better protected online (not all streaming sites are legitimate after all!).
Which streaming service do you think has the best horror movies? Share with us in the comment section below.
About the Author: Cassie Phillips is a horror movie fiend and tech enthusiast. She likes nothing more than kicking back on a Friday night to one of her favorite flicks or heading out to catch a new release.
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