Hulu – Hulu is a streaming video service which began in 2007 as a joint venture by Disney, News Corp and Comcast to design an online video service to compete head-to-head with Google and YouTube. Hulu provides free ad-based content on its regular site, together with additional content on Hulu Plus, its paid subscription service.
Hulu streams primarily movie and TV shows, approximately twice as many TV shows as are currently streamed on Netflix. Hulu has become the primary online site for viewing TV shows from Fox, NBC, and ABC. Users can watch tv shows, movies, trailers and other media from networks including major networks and studios including Fox, ABC, CBS, and NBC.
Since its inception, Hulu has had exclusive content rights to popular television shows broadcast on Disney and News Corp channels, such as Fox and FX. Current season programming for Disney and News Corp channels are available online only at Hulu.com and the networks’ own websites.
Additionally, Hulu has had exclusive distribution rights to syndicate Disney and News Corp program content to Yahoo, AOL, MSN, xFinityTV, and other third-party content sites.
Hulu has had exclusive content distribution rights for Disney and News Corp programming which made network content available on Hulu.com at the same time that it was available on the broadcast network sites. Additionally, Hulu was the exclusive distributor of the networks’ syndicated content to third party content sites. Reflecting the companies’ desire to directly control the distribution of their own content, News Corp and Disney have elected to have their top shows distributed from the networks’ sites directly to subscribers or to the third party content sites.
Hulu has supplemented its content distribution deals with the networks with developing its own original programming, independendently or in coordination with networks such as the BBC. Hulu is the exclusive distributor of these original series, together with the classic soaps All My Children and One Life to Live.
What are the top 10 Hulu movies? Hulu has a rich library of great films. In addition to Hulu’s selection of TV series, original programming and exclusive content, over 3,000 movies are available on Hulu Plus, Hulu’s paid subscription service.
But since the Hulu.com site does not provide an easily navigable movie index, we thought it would be useful to compile a top ten movie list for current Hulu subscribers looking for some great films to watch this weekend, as well as for current Netflix or Amazon Prime subscribers thinking of moving to Hulu Plus.
Please note that as is the nature of any top 10 movie list, our ranking is highly subjective. So, you may disagree with our compilation. But with that said, these films are our personal favorites from the expansive library of Hulu movies.
1. City Lights (1931) – The brilliant comedic love story written, directed by and starring Charlie Chaplain, has as its climactic scene one of the most poignant but understated moments in the history of film. Author James Agee described the final scene of Chaplain’s masterpiece, “It is enough to shrivel the heart to see, and it is the greatest piece of acting and the highest moment in movies.” Although released two years after the end of the silent era, City Lights has no talking, the absence of spoken dialogue adding to the movie’s uniqueness and providing the perfect medium for Chaplain’s Little Tramp pantomine. City Lights was ranked number 11 on AFI’s top 100 list, and number one in AFI’s list of the top romantic comedies.
2. The Graduate (1967) – The Mike Nichols film starring Anne Bancroft, Dustin Hoffman, Ben Braddock, and Katharine Ross is a must-see movie if only for the classic Simon and Garfunkel soundtrack. The iconic comedy captures late 1960’s youthful waywardness, discontent, and lack of purpose, pulling in the audience as you root for Hoffman’s Benjamin Braddock as he tries to extricate himself from the sordid love triangle involving Hoffman, Anne Bancroft’s Mrs. Robinson, and the beautiful Katherine Ross as Mrs. Robinson’s daughter Elaine. The Graduate was ranked number 17 in the American Film Institute’s ranking of the top 100 movies of all time.
3. Platoon (1986) – Oliver Stone’s 1986 movie delivers the director’s anti-war message with an intensity of action that builds relentlessly to the film’s unsettling conclusion. For Charlie Sheen’s PFC Chris Taylor, there is no glory in war, only fire ants and mosquitoes, incessant marching and ditch-digging, intra-platoon conflict, and dizzying fire-fights. Platoon won the Oscar for best picture of 1987, while Tom Berenger and Willem Dafoe received best supporting actor nominations for their respective roles as the murderous Staff Sergeant Robert Barnes and the more even-tempered Sergeant Elias Grodin. Platoon is ranked number 83 on the AFI top 100 films.
4. The Seventh Seal (1957) – When Death comes to claim Max Van Sydow’s Antonius Block in plague-ravaged Medieval Europe, the knight challenges the grim reaper to a game of chess, buying some time while he searches for a purpose to his life and an understanding of the relationship between God and man. Ingmar Bergman’s art house favorite is full of striking imagery — the soaring bird of prey transitioning to the image of Death in the film’s opening sequence, Death sawing down a tree in which his victim has sought refuge, the accused witch awaiting her execution, the final procession of the doomed being led along by Death in the film’s final scene. The Swedish film, available on Hulu Plus though its exclusive relationship with the Criterion Collection, is a must-see for all fans of foreign cinema.
5. Crash – Paul Haggis’ 2004 film examines race and gender relations through the interlocking lives of a disparate and multi-cultural group of characters over a 36 hour period in Los Angeles. The film is powerful, raising societal questions that are left unresolved as the complex plot lines unfold on the screen. Crash features outstanding performances by an ensemble cast including Don Cheadle, Terrence Howard, Sandra Bullock, Michael Peña and Matt Dillon, who won an academy award for best supporting actor for his role as Officer John Ryan. Crash won the Oscar for best picture for2006, and is consistently ranked among the most frequently streamed Hulu movies.
6. The Four Feathers (1939) – This Alexander Korda spectacle directed by his brother Zoltan features dramatic battle sequences, a love triangle for the affections of beautiful June Duprez, and C. Aubrey Smith’s stiff upper lip in a stirring tale of honor, courage and redemption. The cast is wonderful, with commanding performances by Smith, Sir Ralph Richardson, and John Clements as Harry Faversham, the young officer who after resigning the military on the eve of deployment to North Africa, must regain the respect of those who think him a coward. Among the many memorable scenes is the crippled Richardson attempting to lead his garrison against an enemy attack. The Four Feathers, released in 1939, the greatest year in film history, is among the best movies ever made. Hulu Movies streams the Criterion Collection edition of the film, featuring critical commentary and other extras.
7. Stagecoach (1939) – Director John Ford’s western classic film made John Wayne a star. Wayne, as the Ringo Kid, teams up with stage coach driver Andy Devine with U.S. Marshall George Bancroft riding shotgun, to help lead a motley collection of stagecoach passengers through dangerous Apache country. Each character has a personal story, each tale-within-a-tale played out in tightly-woven scenes leading up to the final encounter between Wayne and the villainous Plummers. Stagecoach established the formula for hundreds of western films to come, such as the climactic arrival of the U.S. cavalry to save the stagecoach occupants from disaster at the hands of the marauding Apaches. The movie features a stirring musical score as well as stunning views of Monument Valley on the Arizona/Utah border. In the most competitive Oscar year in movie history, Thomas Mitchell won an academy award for Best Supporting Actor, and the film won an Oscar for Best Music (Scoring), beating out such notable films as Gone with the Wind for that honor. Stagecoach is available on Hulu Movies as part of the Criterion Collection of great films.
8. The Seven Samurai (1956) – Arguably the greatest film in the history of Japanese cinema, Akira Kurosawa’s epic tale tells the story of a small peasant village which enlists the aid of a veteran samurai to help the villagers fight off a group of marauding bandits. Kurosawa paints a compelling character portrait of the veteran Takashi Shimura and his six samurai recruits, each honor-bound to help the villagers for no tangible payment other than three small meals per day. Kurosawa directed such notable films as Rashoman, Ikiru, Kagemusha and Ran, but The Seven Samurai is generally regarded as his greatest cinematic achievement. The film was remade as a western in 1960’s The Magnificent Seven. The Seven Samurai is available on Hulu Plus through Hulu’s exclusive relationship with the Criterian Collection of great movies.
9. This is Spinal Tap (1984) – Rob Reiner’s mockumentary chronicles the misadventures of the mythical band Spinal Tap during its disastrous “Smell the Glove” concert tour. The film, which has achieved cult status, satirizes the format of Martin Scorcese’s The Last Waltz (1978), as well as prior rock documentaries such as Gimme Shelter (1970) and Don’t Look Back (1967). This is Spinal Tap features memorable performances by Michael McKean, Christopher Guest and Harry Shearer as members of the world’s loudest band together with the rest of the ensemble cast that includes appearances by Billy Crystal, Dana Carvey, Anjelica Huston, Bruno Kirby, Fran Drescher and Ed Begley Jr. The comedy inspired an entire genre of mock documentaries such as Guest’s Waiting for Guffman (1997) and Best in Show (2000), Cameron Crowe’s Almost Famous (2000), and even such fake documentaries as The Blair Witch Project (1999) and Paranormal Activity (2007).
10. Gimme Shelter (1972) – Often called the greatest concert film of all time, Gimme Shelter chronicles the Rolling Stones’ 1969 concert tour with Jefferson Airplane, culminating in the violence-marred concert at Altamont Speedway in Northern California. The filmmaker’s reactive documentary style captures footage of the Stones recording Brown Sugar and Wild Horses in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, Tina and Ike Turner opening at Madison Square Garden in New York, and the mayhem at Altamont where the Hells Angels were hired to provide security. The deal-making leading up to the Altamont concert, the performance and crowd footage, and the rock legends’ own commentary as they watch the concert highlights make this movie a must-see for classic music fans. Gimme Shelter consistently ranks among the top Hulu movies in the concert film category.
This is our personal ranking of the top 10 Hulu movies. Watch these great films on Hulu.com, and let us know if you agree.
Horror Movies on Hulu – Just in time for Halloween, Hulu has assembled a number of scary films from the Hulu movies library for its 2013 Huluween promotion. Hulu describes the horror film collection as “Hulu’s best scares, thrills, and flinches all collected in one place.”
The Hulu movie compilation is organized into various Halloween themes, each displaying Hulu’s characteristic humor and edginess. The Huluween movie categories are “Cult Horror Movies”, “More Brains, Please: Zombie Tales”, “Monster Mash” and “Paranormal Stories”.
Hulu’s horror movies are a motley collection of films generally representative of the horror film genre, one of the most time-honored and enduring of cinematic themes. The horror film has its roots in the earliest days of American cinema, with such early motion pictures as the 1910 short film Frankenstein with Charles Ogle as Mary Shelly’s monster. Subsequent masterpieces of the silent era such as Robert Wiene’s The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) with Conrad Veidt as Cesare the somnambulist, F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu (1922) with Max Schreck as vampire Count Orlok, and Lon Chaney’s demonic but sympathetic depiction of the title character in The Phantom of the Opera (1925) further developed the horror movie genre, leading to such classic Universal horror films and seminal movie monsters as James Whale’s Frankenstein (1931), Todd Browning’s Dracula (1931), and Karl Freund’s The Mummy (1932). The genre was further refined by the great Val Lewton-produced suggestive horror thrillers of the 1940s including Robert Wise’s The Body Snatcher (1945), Mark Robson’s Bedlam (1946), and Jacques Tourneur’s Cat People (1942) and I Walked with a Zombie (1943). In the late 1970s and 1980s, the horror film genre was transformed into today’s decidedly more gory incarnation, with films such as John Carpenter’ s Halloween (1978), Wes Craven’s Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), and Clive Barker’s Hellraiser (1987). What has characterized the horror film and is reflected in the Hulu movie selections comprising the Huluween promotion, is the viewer’s desire to be scared or even terrified in the escapism of the movie experience, a tradition as old as the motion picture medium itself.
Here is the complete list of Hulu movies in the Huluween collection, each available over Hulu’s free streaming service or through the Hulu Plus subscription service (currently $7.99 per month with limited advertising).
The initial category in the Huluween collection is labeled “Cult Horror Movies”. Whether or not all of these films are indeed “cult” movies is a matter of debate, but they are certainly entertaining. The Hulu movies compiled for the cult movie collection range from 1981’s very frightening The Evil Dead to George Romero’s iconic zombie classic Night of the Living Dead (1968).
Here is the complete list of Hulu movies in the “Cult Horror Movies” category:
The Evil Dead (1981), Evil Dead 2 (1987), Hellraiser (1987), Children of the Corn (1984), The Little Shop of Horrors (1960), Eraserhead (1977), The Human Centipede (2012), I Spit on Your Grave (1978), Night of the Living Dead (1968), Mad Doctor of Blood Island (1969), Elvira’s Haunted Hills (2011), A Bucket of Blood (1959), Anatomy of a Psycho (1961), Atom Age Vampire (1960), Carnival of Souls (Criterion Collection) (1962), The Devil’s Hand (1962), The Cat and the Canary (1927), and Horror Express (1974).
Hulu’s second horror movie category is “More Brains, Please: Zombie Tales”. Here are the films in this zombie-themed Hulu movies category:
I was a Teenage Zombie (1987), Let Sleeping Corpse Lie (1975), Dead and Deader (2007), Silent Night Zombie Night (2011), Night of the Living Dead (1968), My Boyfriend’s Back (1993), Resident Evil: Degeneration (2008), Horror Express (1974), Berlin Undead (2011), Zombies are People Too (2011), White Zombie (1932), The Amazing Transparent Man (1960), and Spooks Run Wild (1941).
The following movies comprise the “Monster Mash” collection of Hulu films:
The Night of the Living Dead (1968) (the George Romero classic cringe film is named on three of the Hulu movie lists), The Monster Maker (1944), The Beast with a Million Eyes (1955), Indestructible Man (1956), The Phantom from l0,000 Leagues (1955), The Blob (1958), Terror of Frankenstein (1976), Dracula vs. Frankenstein (1971), Bonnie & Clyde vs. Dracula (2011), Devil’s Den (2007), Alien Opponent (2011), Dead Cert (2010), and Night of the Demons (1988).
These Hulu movies are listed under the heading “Paranormal Stories”:
Paranormal Occult: Magick, Angels and Demons (2013), Paranormal Xperience (2012), Amityville Haunting (2013), Seance: The Summoning (2012), The Afterlife Investigations (2010), Children of the Corn (1984), A Resurrection (2013), The Tomb (2010), Road Kill (2010), Fragile (2010), Inferno (1980), and Super Hybrid (2011).
Huluween’s selection of Hulu movies for Halloween is sure to chill, thrill, and entertain all who enjoy the horror film experience.
Hulu to Roll out New Original Series – September 14, 2013 – Hulu owners Walt Disney Co., 21st Century Fox and Comcast’s NBCUniversal have announced that they will invest $750 million in the streaming video service for marketing, technology, talent, and new content. The announcement, coming as Hulu’s owners called off plans to sell the company, means that there will be a concerted effort to develop more Hulu home-grown original and exclusive series in order to compete head-to-head with Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video.
Hulu’s investment reflects increased spending on original content by rival streaming content providers Netflix and Amazon.
Netflix spends about 5% of its $2 billion annual programming budget on original programming, according to Ted Sarandos, its chief content officer. Netflix original programs include the Emmy-nominated political drama “House of Cards”, which has become the most downloaded show in history. Other Netflix original productions include Buried Alive, a comedy special with stand-up comic Aziz Ansari which will stream on November 1.
It will be difficult for Hulu to match what Netflix spends on original programming, but the announcement of the Hulu investment with the invigorated focus on new content comes as welcome news for Hulu Plus subscribers, who pay $8 per month for the premium service. Hulu Plus has approximately four million subscribers, and Hulu’s owners want to provide compelling content to both retain and grow that subscriber base.
And the competition for streaming video eyeballs is intense. In addition to offerings from industry leader Netflix and Amazon, there is volumnious video content available from YouTube and iTunes, as well as from Vudu, Redbox Instant, and other streaming video services. The cable distribution outlets are also heavily promoting content on demand, including feature films advertised as available ahead of their release on Netflix, Amazon and Hulu.
Hulu is on track to release twenty original series in 2013, and plans to release twenty more in 2014. According to acting CEO Andy Forsell, Hulu’s goal is to release all episodes of each new series at one time in order to encourage “binge viewing.” Binge viewing was popularized by Netflix through such highly addictive shows as AMC’s Breaking Bad and Netflix’ own production of season four of Arrested Development, which were released in single dumps of an entire season’s episodes that encouraged subscribers to watch multiple shows in one sitting.
Hulu’s new content planned for the fall season features Fugget About It, an animated situation comedy about a former New York City mob boss hiding out in small-town Canada as part of the witness protection program, which premiers on October 13; Strange Calls, a comedic mystery about a city detective investigating paranormal mysteries and bizarre happenings in a sleepy town, which begins streaming on October 19; Behind the Mask, a docu-series by Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Josh Greenbaum profiling the unknown world of sports mascots, which airs on October 29; Mother Up!, an animated series featuring the voice of Eva Longoria, which premiers on November 6; and The Wrong Mans, an office comedy co-produced with the BBC, which begins streaming on November 11.
Hulu organizes its movie content into specific categories such as “Staff Picks,” “Movie You Might Have Overlooked,” “Criterion Picks,” “Popular Movie Trailers,” “Popular Movies,” and “Recently Added Movies.” Movies are also grouped by genres such as mysteries, documentaries, silent movies, horror movies and comedies, by specific directors such as Ingmar Bergman, Truffaut and Kurosawa, or by country of origin such as Indian, Japanese and Italian films.
Other movie content is available on Hulu’s paid subscription service, Hulu Plus (or Hulu+).
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