Every Ethan Hawke Horror Movie And Where To Stream Them
With the recent news that Ethan Hawke is teaming up again with Sinister director Scott Derrickson to star in Joe Hill’s short story adaptation of The Black Phone, we thought it was essential to recognize all the fine work he has done in the horror genre. The incredibly dynamic actor made a name for himself against powerhouse Denzel Washington in Training Day and Dead Poets Society. He’s white-hot right now with Cut Throat City and the MCU’s latest series Moon Knight premiering sometime next year on Apple TV Plus.
Although everyone remembers him as the doomed writer and new homeowner in Sinister, it was not his first foray into the genre. He has a big list of thrillers, including outright terrifiers like Sinister and sci-fi thinkers like Predestination. He doesn’t always play a great Dad or quality human being, but he’s always incredible. Whether selling his neighbor’s souls for a dime or time loops he is always great. Here are all 9 of Ethan Hawke’s horror and science fiction movies to date.
True-crime writer Ellison Oswald (Ethan Hawke) is in a slump; he hasn’t had a best seller in more than 10 years and is becoming increasingly desperate for a hit. So, when he discovers the existence of a snuff film showing the deaths of a family, he vows to solve the mystery. He moves his own family into the victims’ home and gets to work. However, when old film footage and other clues hint at the presence of a supernatural force, Ellison learns that living in the house may be fatal.
Easily the best of the Sinister movies, in large part due to Hawke’s performance, this is one you can watch multiple times. It is the best Ethan Hawke horror movie. Watch Sinister with a Showtime subscription or from YouTube.
In an America ravaged by crime and overcrowded prisons, the government sanctions an annual 12-hour period during which all criminal activity — including murder — is legal. James Sandin (Ethan Hawke) and his family face the ultimate test when an intruder drags the vicious outside world into their home. James, Mary (Lena Headey), and their two children struggle to survive the night while trying not to turn into monsters like the ones they are striving to avoid.
The original that spawned an entire franchise, including the imperfect but entertaining television series on USA, stands alone. The Purge is available to stream everywhere for a small fee.
A temporal agent (Ethan Hawke) embarks on a final time-traveling assignment to prevent an elusive criminal from launching an attack that kills thousands of people.
Predestination is a favorite of mine. If you like things time twisty and thoughtful, look no further. You can watch this everywhere for as little as $2.99.
Ten years after a plague turns most of the world’s population into vampires, a critical blood shortage causes panic and gruesome mutations among the reanimated. Edward (Ethan Hawke), a vampire hematologist, tries to develop a blood substitute when he meets Lionel (Willem Dafoe) and Audrey (Claudia Karvan), two fugitive humans who claim to have a possible cure. Edward casts his lot with them in the hope of perfecting the cure before it’s too late.
Vampires and politics are a perfect combo right now. You can grab this on Peacock for free and just about everywhere else for a small fee.
Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets
In the 28th century, special operatives Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline work together to maintain order throughout the human territories. Under assignment from the minister of defense, the duo embarks on a mission to Alpha, an ever-expanding metropolis where diverse species gather to share knowledge and culture. When a dark force threatens the peaceful city, Valerian and Laureline must race against time to identify the menace that also jeopardizes the future of the universe.
The movie is not nearly as good as it should have been, but it is visually stunning, and that is worth something. You can stream this movie on Hulu, Sling, and everywhere else you pay for VOD.
In need of a vacation from his ordinary life, factory worker Douglas Quaid (Colin Farrell) visits Rekall, a company that can turn dreams into real memories. Thinking that memories of life as a superspy are just the ticket, Quaid undergoes the procedure — but it goes horribly wrong. Suddenly, Quaid is a hunted man. He teams up with a rebel fighter (Jessica Biel) on a search to find the head of the underground resistance and take down the leader (Bryan Cranston) of the free world.
It’s a remake that really should have been left alone, but Hawke is good. Watch this with a STARZ subscription or from VUDU.
Vincent Freeman (Ethan Hawke) has always fantasized about traveling into outer space, but is grounded by his status as a genetically inferior “in-valid.” He decides to fight his fate by purchasing the genes of Jerome Morrow (Jude Law), a laboratory-engineered “valid.” He assumes Jerome’s DNA identity and joins the Gattaca space program, where he falls in love with Irene (Uma Thurman). An investigation into the death of a Gattaca officer (Gore Vidal) complicates Vincent’s plans.
One of the best science fiction thrillers of all time, it has an incredible cast, including Jude Law and Hawke’s wife, Uma Thurman. You can stream this on VUDU or with a STARZ membership.
A detective (Ethan Hawke) and a psychoanalyst (David Thewlis) uncover evidence of a satanic cult while investigating the rape of a traumatized teen (Emma Watson).
This is a beautifully shot and acted film that will keep you guessing until the very end. You can stream it on Amazon Prime for free or VUDU, YouTube, or iTunes now.
This final film deserves special consideration. It doesn’t quite fit into science fiction or fantasy, nor is it classic horror. It has elements of all of these things and is one of the best movies of 2018. Even if it isn’t traditionally scary, it deserves to be included in All Ethan Hawke horror movies lists.
The pastor of a small church in upstate New York spirals out of control after a soul-shaking encounter with an unstable environmental activist and his pregnant wife.
The description does not do it justice. It is a rift on Taxi Driver you won’t forget. The explosive ending must be seen. You can stream it anywhere you stream for a small fee or with a Showtime subscription.
All of these films are great and many are must-see classics that could be viewed again and again. Ethan Hawke is a gifted actor in any genre but he arguably does his best work with the creepiest films. His good looks and furloughed brow lend realism to even the most absurd plot. Any of these Ethan Hawke Horror Movies are worth your time even if they do leave you breathless.
As the TV/Streaming Editor for Signal Horizon, I love watching and writing about genre tv. I grew up with old school slashers, but my real passion is television and all things weird and ambiguous. When I’m not watching and writing about my favorite movies and series, I’m introducing my family to the wonderful world of sci-fi, fantasy, and horror. My only regret, there is not enough time in the day to watch everything.