Streaming service Hulu has announced the first annual “Huluween”, a month-long event will run each October. Huluween consists of a brand-new, personalized, genre-specific section of the service’s interface, original programming premieres, and a film festival for horror shorts.
Hulu Chief Marketing Officer Kelly Campbell said: “Inside the walls of Hulu, Huluween has been a tradition for many years, and since more than half of our subscribers consider Halloween their favorite holiday, we thought it was only right to create this ultimate viewing destination. This year, October will never be the same as we’re going all out with a month-long celebration where viewers can enjoy their favorite Halloween themed shows and movies, and our brand partners can connect with them in a one-of-a-kind experience.”
To access Huluween, open Hulu and choose it from the featured section of the home screen. Once in the Huluween section, you’ll find the following categories “Scary As Hell”, “Spooky Not Scary”, “Pop Horror”, “Thriller/Psychological”, “Huluween Film Fest”, “For The Family”, “Classics”, “Anime”, “Foreign Frights”, and “Indies”. The selections are a mix of standard items and suggestions based on what you’ve put in “My Stuff”. The standard faire includes American Psycho, The Blair Witch Project, Once Bitten, The Nightmare Before Christmas, and The Hills Have Eyes.
Into the Dark: The Body
Among the Hulu originals premiering during Huluweem is Blumhouse’s Into the Dark, which we first reported on back in May, and posted the official trailer to yesterday. The first season of the twelve-part monthly horror anthology series, entitled The Body premieres this Friday, October 5th, exclusively on Hulu.
Light as a Feather
Also making its debut is AwesomenessTV’s ten-episode series Light as a Feather, which premieres next Friday, October 12th.
Light as a Feather 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.
Huluween Film Fest
Finally, we have the first annual Huluween Film Fest, which includes the eight independant short horror films The Gillymuck, The Box, Haunted Horrifying Sounds from Beyond the Grave, The Hug, Carved, Urn, Lippy, and The Rizzle. The short with the most views and highest scores from a panel of industry judges will win $10,000 to finance their feature-length movie.
What’s more, the shorts will also be available without a subscription on Hulu’s YouTube channel! Flip through the slides below to check out each short:
1. The Gillymuck
On a camping trip, a troop leader tells her scouts about the legend of the Gillymuck, a mysterious creature who lives in the woods. But it’s just a silly campfire story… right?
2. The Box
Rule 1: Don’t. Break. The. Circle.
Rule 2: Don’t open…
3. Haunted, Horrifying Sounds from Beyond the Grave
Somewhere in the 1970s Martin Stockdotter is an experimental musician tasked with making a Halloween sound effect album. His ambition was to make it the scariest one ever recorded and he would succeed all too well.
4. The Hug
A disobedient young boy runs amok in a children’s pizza arcade and soon finds himself in an awkward situation with an animatronic panda.
A boy’s choice of an ugly pumpkin results in an unusual Jack-O-Lantern.
A woman tries to scatter her dead mother’s ashes but discovers it’s not so easy to shake off her past. URN is a claustrophobic tale of terror that puts a modern twist on classic British horror.
Two girls enter an underground world of strange forfeits and grisly demands when they are caught stealing lipstick testers.
8. The Rizzle
Elena loves the roaring 1920s. A fondness she’ll soon regret.