Short Horror Films

I love short horror films so much.

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.

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

Last updated June 29, 2017 with 87 films.


2AM (Short Horror Film)
While walking home late one night, a man notices another man walking as well. Only this man has an eerie smile. What are his intentions?
325 Sycamore Lane (Short Horror Film)
A short horror film based on the ghost hitchhiker urban legend. (IMDB)
A Child's Voice (1978)
A popular radio personality writes and broadcasts ghost stories over the air. He receives a strange call warning him not to finish his latest story, which is about a child who dies assisting in a magician's show. (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)
Alexia (Short Horror Film)
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. (IMDB)
Alexia - Horror short film from Andrés Borghi on Vimeo.
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)
Attic Panic (Short Horror Film)
A woman is stuck in an attic but she soon finds she is not alone. (IMDB)
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)
Breathe (Short Horror Film)
A ghost story about a girl you can only see when you hold your breath.
BREATHE from Toby Meakins on Vimeo.
Captured Bird, The (Short Horror Film)
The Captured Bird is a darkly poetic fable that begins with a little girl drawing figures of people with chalk on the cement of a playground. She takes notice of an unusual crack in the pavement that is seeping a mysterious black fluid, which she follows to an ominous mansion. Inside, she encounters several bizarre phenomena, including walls that bleed black and tentacles that emerge from the ceiling to touch her. She then witnesses the birth of five terrifying supernatural beings that threaten the existence of her world.

The Captured Bird from Jovanka Vuckovic on Vimeo.
Cat With Hands, The (Short Horror Habit)
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)
Clown Network, The (Short Horror Film)
It's a network of clowns ... evil, strategic, clowns... (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)
Danny and the Wild Bunch (Short Horror Film)
A children’s book author is told that her new manuscript needs to be “darker”, but when her revisions piss off the characters in the book, they come back to make some changes of their own.

DANNY AND THE WILD BUNCH - Short Film from robert rugan 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...

"Dead Man's Lake" - Short Horror Film (Bloody Cuts) from BLOODY CUTS on Vimeo.
Dinner for Two (Short Horror Film)
An abduction doesn't turn out quite as planned. (Horror Habit)
Dog Food (Short Horror Film)
When a butcher loses his dog, his life starts to unravel.

Dog Food from Brian Crano on Vimeo.
Don't Move (Short Horror Film)
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.
Downstairs (Short Horror Film)
A foolhardy security guard has the night from Hell when his curiosity sends him investigating what goes on... Downstairs.
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?

The Drain from Collin Blair on Vimeo.
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.
Facts in the Case of Mister Hollow, The (Short Horror Film)
The film centers on an unusual photograph dating back to the 1930s. An investigation of its particulars reveals a tapestry of secrets hidden in the details, and a tale of kidnapping and murder captured in a haunting moment. (IMDB)

The Facts in the Case of Mister Hollow from Walter Pacifico 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)
FOXED! (Short Horror Film)
Emily has been Foxed! Director James Stewart crafts a cautionary adventure about growing up in an environment of parental control, how children are often misunderstood, and what their indomitable spirits can achieve. When Emily is kidnapped by foxes and forced to work in the secret underground mine, she must use her determination to get back home only to uncover the foxes’ mysterious plan.
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)
Game (Short Horror Film)
A slasher tale with a beautifully evil twist. (Horror Habit)
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)
Green Eyed (Short Horror Film)
In the Summer of 1980 a successful yuppie faces an existential crisis when a Nosferatic ghoul joins his social circle and undermines his social status.

GREEN EYED - Short Film from Nathaniel Lindsay on Vimeo.
Hacked (Short Horror Film)
Online chats take a terrible turn. (Horror Habit)

Hacked - Horror Short from Stephen Lubin on Vimeo.
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.

HADES from Kevin Kopacka on Vimeo.
Haunted Castle, The (1896)
With the help of a magic cauldron, Mephistopheles conjures up a variety of supernatural characters. (IMDB)
Haunted House, The (Short Horror Film)
A cartoon classic. (Horror Habit)
He Took His Skin Off For Me (Short Horror Film)
The story of a man who takes his skin off for his girlfriend, and why it probably wasn't the best idea...

He Took His Skin Off For Me from Ben Aston on Vimeo.
Horribly Slow Murderer with the Extremely Inefficient Weapon, The (Short Horror Film)
Title says it all (Horror Habit)

The Horribly Slow Murderer with the Extremely Inefficient Weapon by Richard Gale from Bibs on Vimeo.
Horror Movie Girlfriend (Short Horror Film)
She runs, she screams... (Horror Habit)

Horror Movie Girlfriend from Nightpantz on Vimeo.
I Heard It Too (Short Horror Film)
Based on the two sentence horror story.
Invaders (Short Horror Film)
A pair of home invaders consider their potential character choices just prior to their planned invasion.
Itsy Bitsy Spiders (Short Horror Film)
Edwin has a dark obsession with drawing spiders. His mother does her best to curb his increasingly odd behavior, but unbeknownst to her, a terrifying mystery will soon be solved with the help of these sinister drawings.
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.

THE KEEPER | Short Film from James Chappell on Vimeo.
Knock (Short Horror Film)
One Halloween night Murielle is dared to knock on the door of an abandoned mine, now something has chased her home. Is she the victim of a Halloween prank or has the legendary witch come to steal her soul?
La Fillette et l'ogre (Short Horror Film)
This film is so lovely, so sweet looking and yet - so very sinister. (Horror Habit)
Last Night, The (Short Horror Film)
A young woman walked home late one night to find she's not alone in the house. (Horror Habit)
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)
Life and Death of Tommy Chaos and Stacey Danger (Short Horror Film)
THE LIFE AND DEATH OF TOMMY CHAOS AND STACEY DANGER tells the tale of a romantic adventure. Think Blue Valentine meets Jurassic Park. Dinosaurs have invaded Earth but neither Tommy nor Stacey care anymore, now that they've found each other. They escape the war, but whether they dive to the bottom of the ocean or fly to the depths of Outer Space, conflict always seems to find a way into their lives. (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)
Little Mermaid, The (Short Horror Film)
Deep in a barren, fantastical wasteland lays a dilapidated circus tent. Inside, an ominous ringmaster forces his prized act, a real live mermaid to perform for a group of grimy, working class spectators. The mermaid, though frightening, is but a lovesick, caged animal praying for release from her endless torture. Unwilling to surrender his meal ticket, the ringmaster rejects her pleas for compassion and continues to confine the mermaid to her stagnant holding tank. With nowhere to escape to, the mermaid must make the choice between holding on to the hope of freedom and putting an end to her abuse.

The Little Mermaid from Kim Oxlund on Vimeo.
LOT254 (Short Horror Film)
A Collector repairs a vintage cine camera unlocking the hidden terror of LOT254.
LOT254 from Toby Meakins on Vimeo.
Luna (Short Horror Film)
Something sinister is happening in this old ranch shack... (Horror Habit)
Mama (Short Horror Film)
The short film that inspired the movie. (Horror Habit)
Meat (Short Horror Film)
A horror comedy about roadkill. (Horror Habit)
Monster (Short Horror Film)
A short fable about a village that must hold a lottery to decide who will feed a monster waiting in the forest.
Occupied (Short Horror Film)
With a long night ahead, a man alone at work encounters a strange disturbance during his bathroom break.
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)
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.
Plastic (Short Horror Film)
Whilst Anna is preparing for a first date with Henry, a man she has secretly loved for years, everything goes wrong until she discovers the impossible - to sculpt her appearance like clay to any shape she desires.
Poodle Exercise with Humans (Short Horror Film)
Everyday we move further and further away from God's good light. (Horror Habit)
Pride of Strathmoor, The (Short Horror Film)
Extracts from the journal of Pastor John Deitman, Strathmoor, Georgia. June & July, 1927
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)
Rake (Short Horror Film)
Our horror short film based on the popular creepypasta The Rake.
Red Balloon (Short Horror Film)
Several times during the course of the night, Dorothy, the little girl Julie is looking after, behaves oddly, screaming from her bedroom. Each time, Julie puts her back to bed, comforting her by telling her it's just a nightmare... Or is it ?
Red Room Riddle, The (1983)
Two 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)
Saturday the 14th (Short Horror Film)
3D animated short horror parody starring a masked man named Mason.
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
Skeleton Dance, The (Short Horror Film, 1929)
Another cartoon classic. (Horror Habit)
Slash-In-The-Box (Short Horror Film)
When Adam brings home an antique jack-in-the-box for his wife, pop goes the evil. (IMDB)
Slash-In-The-Box from NICK EVERHART on Vimeo.
Smile (Short Horror Film)
A Public Service Announcement. (Horror Habit)
Smiling Man, The (Short Horror Film)
A little girl home alone finds herself face-to-face with pure evil.
Suckablood (Short Horror Film)
A stylish gothic bedtime story, which tells the tale of a girl scared to suck her thumb - lest the monstrous Suckablood should come!
Ten Steps, The (Short Horror Film)
A young girl baby-sits in an old house . . .

The Ten Steps from SPFILMS on Vimeo.
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)
Treevenge (Short Horror Film)
Christmas trees ripped out of their forest plan revenge against people enjoying the holidays. (IMDB)
Tuck Me In (Short Horror Film)
When good parenting is not enough... (Horror Habit)
Vicious (Short Horror Film)
Viewing suggestion: Watch alone, in the dark, with headphones.
Victim (Short Horror Film)
A Slender Man inspired short. (Horror Habit)
Vienna Waits For You (Short Horror Film)
Anna should have had a closer look at the fine-print of her rental contract – for the old Viennese apartment is a creature with never ending appetite, living off the youth of its residents.

Vienna waits for you from Glaciar Films on Vimeo.
Violeta (Short Horror Film)
A beautiful but grisly animation short. (Horror Habit)
Visitor, The (Short Horror Film)
Paul is looking forward to spending relaxing evening with beer and football... but something strange is going to happen in his apartment...

THE VISITOR (2016) - short horror film from M/N/K/N Production on Vimeo.
Waterborne (Short Horror Film)
When a local ranger in a small country town finds an unidentified algae overwhelming the water supply, he knows that something's not right. But it's not until the sun goes down that he discovers the true extent of the danger - it seems the town is about to experience the effects of a mysterious infection that turns not only humans – but
animals too – into zombies. Australian wildlife has never been so terrifying…
Waterborne from Octopod Films on Vimeo.
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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