Periodically, The A.V. Club will update the lists of our highest-rated pop culture currently availability via the various streaming services, organized by genre to help our discerning audience get to what they’re looking for as quickly as possible. The best comedies on Amazon, the best genre TV shows on Netflix.... You get the idea. What goes unremarked upon is just how baffling some of these services can be when it comes to categorizing their own offerings. Movies will get assigned a label they have absolutely no business being assigned—somewhere along the lines, either an algorithm or a human went seriously wrong.
So now and then, we like to perform the valuable service of collecting a sampling of the most egregious examples of mislabeled movies to help unwary viewers avoid being hoodwinked by the genre label affixed to them. We also take our best shot at guessing why, exactly, anyone or any code could have mistaken them for something they’re not. This time, we’re looking at Hulu’s deeply concerning inability to separate horror from non-horror. From thoughtful dramas to gentle comedies, none of these movies fall remotely within the vicinity of horror; let’s try and figure out why, shall we?