Our list of five must-see Hulu Original Thrillers will get your heart thumping! These picks feature mega-stars like Steve Carell, Sarah Paulson, and Keira Knightley, so you’re in for a good time!
Consider this an early contribution to this year’s Summerween, an online trend that began as a fictional holiday in the TV show Gravity Falls but has evolved into a time when those of us in the northern hemisphere long for the cozy rituals we enjoy in the fall. While it isn’t spooky season just yet, we can enjoy some hair-raising thrillers in the meantime. Please enjoy the following Hulu Originals as consolation.
Where to watch: You can stream each one of these thrillers on Hulu now!
The Patient (Series)
For those that want a longer series to sink their teeth into, The Patient is our pick for you. The series follows the relationship between therapist and patient, Alan and Sam. Sam kidnaps Alan in hopes of getting professional help for his homicidal urges. Steve Carell and Domhnall Gleeson both hold their own in emotionally heavy scenes. It’s not hard to binge all ten episodes in one sitting because you quickly come to root for both characters; you hope that they both ultimately get what they want.
The premise of this film is completely bananas. Daisy Edgar-Jones’ character Noa unknowingly falls for Sebastian Stan’s serial killer character, Steve. From her cringeworthy first date at the start of the film to Noa’s painful realization that she’s been kidnapped, Edgar-Jones gets us on her side early. Steve is just creepy enough at the start that we know something is off but is also charming enough that we can understand why Noa falls for him. Check it out if you’re looking for something strange that’ll keep you on the edge of your seat for an evening.
Run is a lively Sarah Paulson vehicle. The film follows Paulson’s Diane, mother to daughter Chloe, played by Kiera Allen. When Chole begins to suspect that her mother may be making her sick, all heck breaks loose. This movie takes on the very real issue of Munchausen by Proxy and dramatizes it, so don’t look to Run for any realistic portrayals of real-life events. As usual, Paulson’s skilled portrayal maintains our attention throughout the movie. Chloe’s rooftop escape scene is especially nerve-racking, so keep an eye out for that!
No Exit (Film)
This movie is an adaption of the novel No Exit, written by Taylor Adams. It might be the most straightforward thriller of the bunch. Darby, played by Havana Rose Liu, ends up stuck at a rest stop overnight because of a terrible blizzard. The problem: she discovers a kidnapped child in the back of a stranger’s van. Now she has to figure out a way to both save the child and make it through the night alive. The snow is as much a foe as anyone in this film and provides a really beautiful backdrop to a solid thriller.
Boston Strangler (Film)
This pick is loosely based on real crimes that plagued Boston in the 1960s. Keira Knightley and Carie Coon lead the film as the two reporters, Loretta McLaughlin and Jean Cole, who broke the Boston Strangler case to the city. The sexism that the reporters face is hard to watch, but (unfortunately) true to life. The friendship that develops between Loretta and Jean brings a sense of hope to a dark, and real subject matter. If you’re interested in true crime, or fiction that blurs the lines between truth and fiction, this is the Hulu pick for you!
Are any of these thrillers on your top-five list? Were there any that surprised you? Tweet us @AfterBuzzTV and let us know what your favorites are! What else are we going to do until October, right?