There’s been a huge surge in the popularity of short horror movies, with media outlets like Crypt TV on the spear’s tip of this trend. Indeed, the quality of many short films can match most big-budget, major studio offerings; plus, they pack the impact of an entire feature film into a fraction of the time. Also, in many cases, short films are seen as proof-of-concept for potential features, replacing the traditional script treatments of yesteryear.
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Our friends at Looper have assembled a list of the 13 most unsettling short horror movies now available on the internet. Give it a spin for previews of a baker’s dozen of creepers! Each short film is included in its entirety below the video. Enjoy!
Official Synopsis: Horror is a genre that requires exact timing and expert pacing in order to deliver the maximum amount of scares. While every horror fan has a well-curated list of their favorite horror movies, there are lots of incredible horror shorts you can watch for free online. Short, sweet, and terrifying, here are some of the best spooky short films…
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The Ten Steps
Official Synopsis: Set in Ireland, a family moves to a new city neighborhood, taking residence in a large, old house that is rumored to have a dodgy past. Their young daughter Katie is caught in a power outage while the parents are out to dinner, and her father insists that she go down to the basement to fix the fuse. When they’d first moved in, Katie had a panic attack in the basement, brought on by stories that the devil once appeared down there. But with her father’s help, she slowly descends the ten steps to the bottom, each step into darkness inducing more and more terror, building up the suspense in a most simple, yet THE most effective way.
Official Synopsis: A foolhardy security guard has the night from Hell, when his curiosity sends him investigating what goes on… Downstairs… Official selection of Screamfest horror film festival 2014, Indiefest USA film festival 2014, Northwest Horror festival 2015, the Dark Scream UK horror film festival 2015 and FilmQuest 2015. Voted one of the top five short films at ScreamFest 2014 by besthorrormovies.com. WINNER of Best short film at Dark Scream UK, Nominated for Best actor and Best director at the Dark Scream UK horror film festival.
Official Synopsis: Joey has a fear of symmetry.
The Facts in the Case of Mr. Hollow
Official Synopsis: An image that tells an entire story, THE FACTS IN THE CASE OF MISTER HOLLOW centers on a single photograph that dates back to the early 1930s. As the camera begins to investigate the particulars of the photo, however, it reveals a tapestry of secrets hidden in the details, and a tale of murder, kidnapping and sacrifice captured in a haunting moment.
Official Synopsis: A girl reaches a psychic looking for help after a ghost besieges her home.
Official Synopsis: Although Alexia, Franco’s ex-girlfriend, has been deceased for some time, Franco still has her as a contact on his social network. When he decides to delete her and move on, something strange starts to manifest through his computer.
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Official Synopsis: Set on one fateful night, six friends gather for their monthly ‘games night’… and accidentally unleash a demonic force that might tear them – and their friendships – to pieces. ‘Don’t Move’ is the 8th slice in Bloody Cuts’ anthology of short horror films, made by a team of UK film-makers on low budgets. Directed by Anthony Melton, Produced by Ben Franklin and written by David Scullion it stars Rachel Bright and Jake Hendriks alongside Kate Braithwaite, Beth Cooper, Ian Whyte, Calvin Dean and Martin Skipper.
Official Synopsis: A bullied schoolboy takes drastic measures against his tormenter, summoning an ancient being in the woods using a spellbound book passed down through the generations of his family.
The House Has People in It
Official Synopsis: Security camera footage of a birthday party reveals the unexplained events of a family, a strange disease, and a mysterious pink woman who stalks the family.
Official Synopsis: A woman comes out of a room and turns off the hallway light, but sees a silhouette of a woman. After turning the light off and on, the woman appears closer and she tapes the switch on to prevent her from coming back. The woman then goes into a small bedroom with only a lamp and tucks herself in, leaving the door slightly open. She then hears creaking and sees the hallway light turn off.
The Smiling Man
Official Synopsis: A little girl home alone finds herself face-to-face with pure evil.
Official Synopsis: Alison (Cerina Vincent) is left home alone on Halloween night, but while chatting with her best friend Jenna (Annika Marks) over Skype, something terrifying happens to Jenna, leaving Alison helpless on the other side of the computer screen, watching in horror.
On My Way
Official Synopsis: A short horror film that takes place in real-time, in one continuous 6-minute shot. While on his way to a Halloween party, a man drives through a town, slowly realizing it’s gone insane.