When you are all alone in a small dark room, what do you fear the most? Is it the temporary blindness or is it the uneasy deep feeling that someone, or rather something, is observing your every move?
“Lights Out” is the horror short by David F. Sandberg that later became the full-length 2016 horror movie by the same name. In many ways this horror short can be seen as somewhat superior to the film, since it keeps a lot of the mystery with its short run-time, and can easily take us all back to those periods in our life when we were afraid of what might hide in the dark…
Director: David F. Sandberg
Country & year: Sweden, 2013
Actors: Lotta Losten
Alma, a little girl, skips through the snow-covered streets of a small town. Her attention is caught by a strange doll in an antique toy shop window. Fascinated, Alma decides to enter.
“Alma” is a CGI animated horror short by Rodrigo Blaas, which tells us a simple yet creepy tale. In the world of animation, Rodrigo is a familiar name as he’s been involved in several animated classics (as an animator for Ice Age, Ratatouille, Wall-E, Up and more, and also as a director for some episodes of Guillermo del Toro’s animated series “Trollhunters: Tales of Arcadia”). This little short goes to show that all kinds of animation, even if it’s “cute”, can be quite creepy…
Director: Rodrigo Blaas
Country & year: USA, Spain 2009
After dusting off an old Mystery-Date style board game, a mother and daughter realize the game holds more evil than amusement.
“Your Date Is Here” is a simple yet still effective horror short, by the same people that also brought us “Mikus“. A girl wants to play a board game with her mother, a really old one that belonged to her grandmother. The game is simply called “Your Date Is Here”, a girly and seemingly cute game. After a little while, however, it turns out that the game should have been left on the top shelf never to be played again…
Director: Todd Spence, Zak White
Country & year: USA, 2017
Actors: Rebecca Flinn-White, Phil Haney, Patrick Keane, Dani Tiernan
The purchase of a mystery Jigsaw Puzzle from a strange and unsettling vendor leads a man to an evening of frightening consequences.
“The Jigsaw” is a creepy horror short filled with mystery and suspense right up until the end.
Director: Basil Al-Safar, Rashad Al-Safar
Country & year: UK, Portugal, 2014
Actors: Pedro Monteiro, Daragh O’Malley, Peter Bova, Patsi Redpath, Stephen Redpath
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?
“2AM: The Smiling Man” is a horror short based on redditor Blue_tidal’s story, originally posted on the subreddit r/LetsNotMeet in 2012. It grew quickly in popularity, and caught Michael Evan’s attention, who decided to make a horror short based on it. At first it may appear a little silly, but it does have a sinister vibe to it where you can easily imagine that if you were in this situation yourself, it would scare the crap out of you.
Link to the original story: //www.reddit.com/r/LetsNotMeet/comments/rvzaq/the_smiling_man/
Director: Michael Evans
Country & year: USA, 2013
Actors: Sean Simon, Paul Foltz
A girl witnesses a horrible sight online, then the electricity is cut off inside her apartment. Later when the light return she feel that she is not alone.
“Chatter” is a norwegian horror short (with english subtitles) by Leo Resnes, with Cinematography by Espen Gjelsten. A suspenseful little film where a girl is alone at home in front of the computer, expecting to have a good time, but one thing leads to something even worse…
Director: Leo Resnes
Country & year: Norway, 2010
Actors: Tom Larsen, Anniken Loviknes, Linn Christin Osnes, Frank Slinning, Karoline Stemre
Chatter from Espen Gjelsten on Vimeo
A man is unpacking his childhood stuff and finds a purple man made of paper. He decides to tape the purple man to the wall…not aware of what this will cause.
This simple yet effective horror short is a perfect example of building up tension. You know something is about to happen, but have no idea what it’s going to be…
Director: Todd Spence, Zak White
Country & year: USA, 2018
Actors: Paul Goetz, Whitney Gries
An old handicapped man, Mr. Bariani, is at the complete mercy of his mean carer, Myriam. Taking advantage of his weaknesses, she is constantly bullying him and making his life miserable.
This movie is a little French gem that manages to be quite engaging, touching the subject of the (unfortunately) not so uncommon maltreatment of the elderly and those with reduced mobility.
Director: Sylvain Pelissier
Country & year: France, 2016
Actors: Chrys Bens, Pascal d’Iverneresse, Catherine Lecoq, Stephane Muller