Halloween is just around the corner and online streaming services are stepping up their game and brining their respective audiences original content that is sure to send chills down their spines. With Netflix and Hulu going head to head, audiences are sure to have a wide variety to choose from this Halloween.
Today we will be comparing the more popular, Halloween-specific show listings for both streaming services. Netflix vs. Hulu – which platform has the better content for Halloween 2018?
What Does Netflix Have On Offer For Halloween 2018?
This month Netflix brings audiences a wide array of creepy content.
Starting out the month on October 4th with a British-Candian children’s show (ages 7+) called “Creeped Out” audiences get to meet a masked figure known as “The Curious” who collects tales of dark magic, otherworldly encounters and twisted technology in this kids anthology series. With 13 episodes already available and more to come, children are sure to freak out!
Another similar show that sounds intriguing is “Haunted”. Releasing on October 19th, it centers around true stories told by real people as they sit down with friends and family to share terrifyingly true tales from their past, re-created through chilling re-enactments.
Netflix also surprised audiences by premiering a trailer for a show four days before its air date. “Malevolent” will be available on October 5th. The story centers around a brother sister duo who are con artists that prey on the grief stricken and vulnerable. They convince their victims that Angela (the sister) can see the dead. With things going according to their schemes they are summoned by a Mrs. Green to her home, an orphanage that was once home to a string of murders of young girls. Angela grows less and less certain of what’s real and what isn’t. The duo suffers the ultimate reality check when they are confronted by the true horrors and terrifying past that lie hidden within the walls of the orphanage.
Finally, the movie we are most excited about – “The Haunting of Hill House”. Based on the novel by Shirley Jackson, it will air on October 12th. With a 100% rating before its release on Rotten Tomato, everyone is impatiently waiting to watch it. The story “flashes between past and present” in which “a fractured family confronts haunting memories of their old home and the terrifying events that drove them from it. Now adults, the siblings come together after their youngest sister commits suicide. This “forces them to finally confront the ghosts of their own pasts… some which lurk in their minds… and some which may really be lurking in the shadows of the iconic Hill House,” Rotten Tomatoes explains. According to an ominous quote in Variety, “The scariest hauntings are not by ghosts but by memories”.
What will happen? Guess we’ll have to wait till the 12th to find out!
HULU’s Immersive Experience With ‘HULUWEEN’
This Halloween, viewers can head to Hulu’s personalized, Halloween-themed hub for a selection of popular Halloween TV episodes and movies. The curated experience will also bring viewers exclusive, new content throughout the month, including eight spooky short films from up-and-coming filmmakers, and the much-anticipated premiere of two Hulu Originals – “Into the Dark” and “Light as a Feather”.
“Light as a Feather” will be a 10-episode series that’ll be available to stream on Hulu beginning October 12. It begins with an innocent game of “Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board” that goes wrong when the five teen girls who play start dying off in the exact way that was predicted, forcing the survivors to figure out why they’re being targeted – and whether the evil force hunting them down is one of their own.
Next we have “Into the Dark”. It will be the first-ever year-round event series that will bring fans 12 standalone feature-length episodes on the first Friday of every month throughout the year. It follows a sophisticated hitman with a cynical view on modern society that finds his work made more difficult when he has to transport a body on Halloween night, but everyone is enamored by what they think is his killer costume.
This year also marks the first-ever ‘Huluween Film Fest’ which begins on the1st of October. Produced in partnership with Fox Network Group’s content studio ‘All City’. The short films will premiere within the Huluween experience and on Hulu’s social channels.
Throughout the month of October, the filmmaker with the highest levels of viewer engagement and the highest scores from a panel of expert judges will win $10,000 towards the production of their feature length film.
The eight films competing include:
1) CARVED – A boy’s choice of an ugly pumpkin results in an unusual Jack-O-Lantern.
2) GILLYMUCK – The cute cuddly Gillymuck has pretty teeth dear, but it keeps them out of sight.
3) HAUNTED, HORRIFYING SOUNDS FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE – A musician’s money grab Halloween composition unleashes the haunting sound of his own mother’s death.
4) LIPPY – Two teenage friends caught shoplifting must face the wrath of an unforgiving security guard.
5) THE BOX – A little boy unknowingly releases something perilous from within an ancient box.
6) THE HUG – An animatronic panda at a rundown pizza place seems to be out of order… until little Aden gives it a hug.
7) THE RIZZLE – A mysterious video on the internet provokes viewers to perform an old, ritualistic dance.
8) URN – A woman scatters her mother’s ashes into a lake, but finds it’s not so easy to throw away her past.
Hulu clearly has the upper hand compared to Netflix this year with the ingenious idea of the “Huluween Film Fest”.
Who wouldn’t want to root for their favourite film and get to compare it to seven other horrifying ones?!
I am particularly excited for “HAUNTED, HORRIFYING SOUNDS FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE”, not only does it sound interesting but I’m also curious about how it will be portrayed on screen.
Moreover, Hulu’s two original series sound far more interesting than what Netflix has on offer this time round.
However, Netflix did try its best with “Malevolent” and the “Haunting Of Hill House”. Alas, the rest of the shows on offer pale in comparison to HULU’s innovative experience this Halloween.