Short Horror Films

I love short horror films so much.


So much so that I've come across too many to just let these delectable morsels of entertainment get lost in the list of full length horror films already available. It was time for them to stand alone.

Below is a list of short horror films I've come across over the years. They are fun, fantastic, horrifying, thrilling, and absolutely wonderful.

A heartfelt thank you to all the artists who helped make these films possible, and a very very very huge thank you for sharing them.

**Also! If you're looking for even more short films, then check out Horror Habit's Halloween Short Horror Film Festival.

Note, the synopsis for each film here is from Vimeo unless otherwise specified. Enjoy!

Last updated February 1, 2020 with 56 films:

325 Sycamore Lane (Short Horror Film)
A short horror film based on the ghost hitchhiker urban legend. (IMDB)
A Film by Vera Vaughn (Short Horror Film)
In this ghost story for the digital age, filmmaker Vera Vaughn works late into the night, editing her suspense/thriller about a woman jeopardized by a mysterious home intruder. But when she's interrupted by a knock at the door, Vera’s world takes a frightening turn toward the surreal as life threatens to imitate art — or is it the other way around?
A Trip to the Moon aka Le voyage dans la lune (1902)
A group of astronomers go on an expedition to the Moon. (IMDB)
Anna (Short Horror Film)
Harrowing short about a zombie with an eating disorder. (Horror Habit)
Attack of the Killer Sock (2014)
A very unique and dark look into loneliness and madness. (Horror Habit)
The Babyface Killer (Short Horror Film)
This SIN REAPERS spinoff short film, is the origin story of how everyman, Mark Norman, became the infamous and viscous, "Babyface Killer." 
Barbe-Bleue aka Bluebeard (1901)
A young woman becomes the eighth wife of the wealthy Bluebeard, whose first seven wives have died under mysterious circumstances. (IMDB)
Bedfellows (Short Horror Film)
When a woman is being called in the middle of the night, she finds out that it's not her husband laying next to her. (IMDB)
Betty Boop: Minnie The Moocher (Short Horror Film)
Classic Max Fleischer Betty Boop cartoon "Minnie the Moocher" featuring the legendary Cab Calloway (Youtube)
Cat With Hands, The (Short Horror Film)
Title says it all. Bring on the cringe binge. (Horror Habit)
Closet, The (Short Horror Film)
It's all fun and games until you see something you shouldn't have. (Horror Habit)
Committed (Short Horror Film)
When Karen Pechman starts to receive disturbing letters from death row inmate Fitz Willard, her curiosity is piqued. The grisly details of his crimes are revealed to be at the demand of a sadistic demon only Fitz can see. Are Fitz's confessions just a fabrication, or is there more to the story? (YouTube)
Creep (Short Horror Film)
Creep' is an atmospheric short horror film about things that go bump in the night... and some things that don't.

Creep - A short horror film from Stuart Stanton on Vimeo.
Dead Man's Lake (Short Horror Film)
When 3 campers visit a private lakeside hideaway for some summer fun, little do they know the horror that awaits them...
Delusions (Short Horror Film)
Amidst the rigorous studying to save her grade, Nicole finds herself battling her innermost demons.

Delusions (A Short Horror Film) from Robert Machado on Vimeo.
Dinner for Two (Short Horror Film)
An abduction doesn't turn out quite as planned. (Horror Habit)
Don't Move (Short Horror Film, 2017)
Drain, The (Short Horror Film)
Steve is bearing the weight of his isolated existence, when a person enters his world. That person happens to be his bathtub drain, who knows more about Steve than he would like. Is this some sick prank? Or is it the root of something much deeper?
Eel Girl (Short Horror Film)
In a secure military laboratory, a scientist has become obsessed with the half-human half-eel creature he's studying. When she beckons him to her, it's the call of a siren...

Eel Girl from Paul Campion on Vimeo.
Fall of the House of Usher, The (1928)
The Fall of the House of Usher (1928) is a short silent horror film adaptation of the short story "The Fall of the House of Usher" by Edgar Allan Poe. It tells the story of a brother and sister who live under a family curse. It stars Herbert Stern, Hildegarde Watson, and Melville Webber. (Wikipedia)
Frankenstein (1910)
Frankenstein, a young medical student, trying to create the perfect human being, instead creates a misshapen monster. Made ill by what he has done, Frankenstein is comforted by his fiancée but on his wedding night he is visited by the monster. A fight ensues but the monster, seeing himself in a mirror, is horrified and runs away. He later returns, entering the new bride's room, and finds her alone. (IMDB)
Ghost of Slumber Mountain, The (1918)
In a dream Uncle Jack looks through a magic telescope owned by the ghost of a hermit and sees what life was like millions of years ago, including a battle between prehistoric monsters. (IMDB)
Girls Night (Short Horror Film)
"Girls Night" is a short horror film that takes place in Halloween. Three girlfriends stay home for a slumber party that goes bloody wrong. Literally.
Hacked (Short Horror Film)
Online chats take a terrible turn. (Horror Habit)
Hades (Short Horror Film)
A woman is caught in an endless cycle of dreams where she has to cross the 5 rivers of Hades, each representing different stages of her relationship.
Haunted Castle, The (1896)
With the help of a magic cauldron, Mephistopheles conjures up a variety of supernatural characters. (IMDB)
Horror Movie Girlfriend (Short Horror Film)
She runs, she screams... (Horror Habit)
Inside (Short Horror Film)
A curious young photographer discovers more than she bargains for when she decides to explore off the beaten track...

Inside - A short horror film from Stuart Stanton on Vimeo.
Jack (Short Horror Film)
Don't play with this Jack-In-The-Box. (Horror Habit)
Keeper, The (Short Horror Film)
A rich playboy invites a young lady to his opulent apartment for a romantic evening of mutual flirtation. After an apparent misunderstanding, a series of chaotic events lead to a sinister revelation.
Knock Knock (Short Horror Film)
When an enterprising, young, Latin American housekeeper cleans up the remains of a 4th of July celebration, something in the closet quickly turns her American dream into the AMERICAN NIGHTMARE.
Le Monstre (1903)
An Egyptian prince has lost his beloved wife and he has sought a dervish who dwells at the base of the sphinx. The prince promises him a vast fortune if the dervish will only give him the opportunity of gazing once more upon the features of his wife. (IMDB)
Lights Out (Short Horror Film)
A woman soon finds out that she is being haunted by a mysterious figure every time she turns the lights out. (IMDB)
Machine Baby (Short Horror Film)
A struggling paparazzo gets pulled into a mad pageant manager's plot to win Miss America while trying to break the story. (IMDB)
Mama (Short Horror Film)
The short film that inspired the movie. (Horror Habit)
Meat (Short Horror Film)
A horror comedy about roadkill. (Horror Habit)
OMG! Oh My Guts (Short Horror Film)
Sometimes you meet old friends in the strangest places. (Horror Habit)
One Last Dive (Short Horror Film)
Secrets lurk in the depths of this water. (Horror Habit)
The Oval Portrait (1934)
An artist he so consumed with painting a portrait of the women he loves that he doesn't notice she is dying until it's too late. Shot as a silent film. (Internet Archive)
Paralyzed (Short Horror Film)
Sleep paralysis is a bizarre phenomenon in which victims awake and find they can't move, and in many cases, they also sense that an evil presence is in the room with them. Many of those who have experienced this also report a frightening figure sitting on their chest, sometimes choking them. It is a world-wide phenomenon that has been documented since ancient times.
Poodle Exercise with Humans (Short Horror Film)
Everyday we move further and further away from God's good light. (Horror Habit)
Quarry (Short Horror Film)
Quarry treats the viewer to a short, sharp shock. From the opening sequence the viewer is dragged into one man’s bewildering nightmare which seems to have only one outcome.

Quarry - A Short Horror Film from John Cade on Vimeo.
Quiet, The (Short Horror Film)
When a young, deaf schoolgirl is bullied and left to take the long walk home alone, she realises that she's being followed and a frantic game of cat and mouse begins. growing ever more sinister as it becomes clear that she may never make it home again. (Youtube)
Red Room Riddle, The (1983)
wo young boys, Todd & Bill, go snooping into an alleged haunted house as a club initiation.One of the upstairs rooms was supposedly inhabiting a ghost by the name of Jamie Bly, who was a young boy who burned in the room years before.He had a dog, as well.The entire mansion was filled with ghosts, from Bly, to his old caretaker, to the maid, to everything.This episode featured the misadventures of the two boys as they entered the property & wandered inside the mansion. (IMDB)
Séance (Short Horror Film)
Sensing that the place they just moved in is haunted, an expecting young couple host a séance party to cast the spirit out. However, things don’t go quite as planned and, instead, something awakens in them.

SÉANCE  - A Short Horror Film from Zach Beckler on Vimeo.
Sesame Street: Bert and Ernie in a Pyramid (Short Horror Film)
This skit scared me right out of the living room when I was a kid (still kinda does as an adult...) (Horror Habit
Smile (Short Horror Film)
A Public Service Announcement. (Horror Habit)
The Tell-Tale Heart (1941)
In this classic Edgar Allan Poe story, a man commits a murder, but afterward the victim's beating heart torments the murderer's mind.
Things Best Left (Short Horror Film)
Madeleine wakes each morning to find fresh scars on her body, cut while she slept. (Internet Archive)
Things That Go Bump (Short Horror Film)
New place, new noises. (Horror Habit)
Toys (Short Horror Film)
Alice and Giorgio a young couple, are walking in nature, taking a break from their everyday busy life. But events will take an unexpected turn when Giorgio, who is a newbie photographer, decides to venture deeper into the nearby forest to take more pictures.

Short Horror Film - TOYS from Danny Darko on Vimeo.
Tuck Me In (Short Horror Film)
When good parenting is not enough... (Horror Habit)
Victim (Short Horror Film)
A Slender Man inspired short. (Horror Habit)
Whistle (Short Horror Film)
It's washing day for Abigail. With no housemates around she can finally get round to doing her dirty laundry. That is until she hears a whistle, and when you hear a whistle you better get out the basement...

Whistle - Short Horror Film from Simon Berry on Vimeo.
Witches of Salem: The Horror and the Hope (1972)
A bizarre series of events focused on young women in the village of Salem causes paranoia in the late 1600s. (IMDB)
Within The Woods (Short Horror Film)
A Horrific account of one man's journey through a strange and ominous forest. (Internet Archive)

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