Monday, 31 October 2016

Five Short Horror Films You Can Watch On Youtube

Halloween is back once more and to celebrate the spooktacular festivities, I’ve compiled a list of 5 great short scary films that you can watch on youtube. I’ve omitted some of the more known ones (such as the original short for Lights Out, now a full length movie) and attempted to find films made by unknowns who have some seriously storytelling talent (we’ve all been the underdog at some point, right?). So without further ado, here are my top 5 picks for horror shorts you should watch for Halloween night!


Director: Oliver Park

This is a good one for watching in the dark in your bed, with nothing but the computer light and lingering feeling you might need to use the bathroom. Reminiscent of ‘Lights Out’, the film follows one young girl seemingly disturbed by tricks of her mind after a friend’s death…Or are they? Worth a watch if you’re into slower burn horrors/thrillers.

Director: The Boxleitner Brothers

If you’re a fan of films like Shaun of the Dead that give a steady mix of humour, jumpscares and gore, this is the short film for you! When a security guard has a rough night, things go bad for him when he decides to investigate the strange noises and smells coming from downstairs (Sidenote: this short features the best characters out of all on this list, and also some of the best one liners).


Director: Tony E. Valenzuela

BlackBox TV is one of the best YouTube horror channels (and has been for a while), putting up frightening short films one bloody mess at a time. One of the most fun things on their channel at the moment has to be their interactive experience featuring some of the most terrifying creepypasta’s, video games and nightmarish creatures on the internet. From Five Nights at Freddy’s to Slenderman to Clowns, the 360 degree experience puts you at the helm to control the view using your arrow or WASD keys. The challenge? To see how long you can last without going out of full screen/shutting the whole video off. Useful for a party game or if you’re really just trying to freak yourself out on Halloween night!


Director: No Sleep

What I enjoyed most about this work was that it proves that interesting horror films are about the build up of tension and suspense, not necessarily the duration. At a mere two minutes fifteen seconds long, this film has intrigue and curiosity right from the get go, drawing us in up until the final second. Worth a watch if you don't have much time on your hands or if you're trying to cram as much spooky into one night as you can.


Director: Jason Hornack

This one is less ‘horror’ and more ‘disturbing’, and definitely warrants a watch if you’re into more twisted veins of spooky films (like body horror films). When Adam’s abusive wife leaves him, he decides to find an alternative, and more suitable, replacement. Although the production is not exactly A-Grade and its soundtrack can tend to get a bit distracting, its eerie and unsettling nature is definitely a helper in getting into the Halloween vibez, with the ending something that will stick with you for a while.

And that's it! There were definitely some that I omitted (otherwise this list could be 50 short films long) so the rest is up to you to discover! Happy Halloween everyone!

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