We recommend that you stream these terrifying shorts in the light of day.
From Fantastic Fest to the Fantasia International Film Festival, horror shorts can have a good life on the festival circuit. But it's in the afterlife—online—where horror filmmakers really get their due. Below, we've compiled some of the most terrifying short films we've recently seen.
Emily is turning 18. It's time to let her in on the family secret. Directed by Teal Greyhavens and Nikolai von Keller.
Executive-produced by Eli Roth, this grindhouse nightmare channels The Texas Chainsaw Massacre in its unabashed pulp carnage and titular villain, whose face we never see. Directed by David Dinetz and Dylan Trussell.
This nerve-rattling short is heavy on atmosphere and slick production design. It's based on the Japanese urban legend Aka Manto, the tale of a ghost that roams public restrooms. Directed by Maarten Groen.
Just when it seemed as if all modes of technology had already been exploited in horror films... Directed by Josh Tanner.
Behold the Noose
A policeman is dispatched to an eerie property in rural Texas in this True Detective-esque thriller, shot in just 24 hours on the Blackmagic 4K Production Camera. Directed by Jamie Ryan Scott Brooks.
Exquisitely shot and featuring a strong performance from Lindsay Burdge (A Teacher), this film is more sci-fi drama than horror. But its theme—the fracturing of the self and mental illness—is as horrifying as it gets.
What could be scarier than sleep paralysis? Directed by John Boisen and Björn Fävremark.
Shot entirely by the light of the moon, this mysterious thriller centers around a nuanced tête-à-tête between an unannounced visitor and a man who may or may not be telling the truth about the demon on his property. Directed by Caleb Slain.
Realism and masterful cinematography create a sense of haunting dread in this horror-drama about a young mother home alone. Directed by Parker Hill.