5 of the Best Short Horror Films on the Internet

Okay. We hold our hands up. Short horror films are rather underrepresented here at Gorepress. Six years of writing reviews and articles, and there are still only a handful of short films rated here on the site. It’s not a good state of affairs, especially considering how many horror directors, writers and producers start their careers making short films to show off their prowess.

In response to this I thought I’d take the bull by the horns and try to rectify this situation; fearlessly, I’ve trawled the lengths and depths of the internet and have come up with a list of the creepiest, most effective short horror movies out there. Here are five of my favourites…

Suckablood

Dir. Jake Cuddihy & Ben Tillett

Length: 6:47

In an attempt to ease you gently in, I’ve picked a comparatively restrained example to start this all off; but fear not: by no means does this reflect on its quality. Seeming to take its cue directly from the Brothers Grimm, it tells the story of a young girl whose stepmother, after having given up trying to beat the thumb-sucking habit out of her daughter, summons the demonic Suckablood to get rid of it – not to mention the girl herself – for good. Part of the Bloody Cuts anthology (more of this to come in a later article…), Cuddihy and Tillett‘s dark fairytale is one to remember, featuring gorgeous cinematography, an excellently penned poem and some killer prosthetics.

Lights Out

Dir. David Sandberg

Length: 2:42

Having sent the internet into a bit of a frenzy at the end of last year, Lights Out is a masterpiece of subtlety. Clocking in at just two and a half minutes, Sandberg demonstrates how quickly and dramatically tension can be ramped up to unbearable levels. The narrative couldn’t be simpler. A woman spots a sinister silhouette lurking in the shadows of her apartment that steadily gets closer and closer to her as she gets into bed. Lights Out taps effectively into that primal fear we all experience; that of the dark, and what could be hiding in it.

The Facts in the Case of Mister Hollow

Dir. Rodrigo GudiƱo & Vincent Marcone

Length: 6:08

This one’s a bit of a wildcard when set alongside the other choices. More experimental in nature, The Facts in the Case of Mister Hollow attempts to tell a story via a single seemingly innocuous photo; the camera panning and shifting and exploring the two-dimensional frame in three dimensions, gradually revealing and picking up on details that slowly explain the narrative. I’ve certainly never seen a film utilise such a creative storytelling device before, and for that reason alone it deserves a mention. Add to that a haunting soundtrack, some arresting visuals and a narrative that requires you to stop and think, and you’ve got a film that’s well worth a watch.

Still Life

Dir. Jon Knautz

Length: 9:03

After an over-tired, over-caffeinated, pill-popping driver finds himself stranded in a town full of fully clothed mannequins due to an accident, he starts getting freaked out when he realises the mannequins seem to be moving around by themselves out of eyeshot. It’s a trope we’ve seen before (the most famous example in recent memory being the Weeping Angels from Doctor Who) but Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer director Jon Knautz handles it expertly, utilising the soundtrack in such a way to make you question what you’re seeing.

Click

Dir. William Prince

Length: 14:26

After a gang of kids break into an abandoned warehouse, they stumble across a bare room featuring nothing but an ominous light switch set on the wall. Closing the door behind them, they decide to play a game, daring each other to try and last as long as possible in the dark as they can. Prince has crafted a wonderfully tense film in Click, and the young actors are surprisingly engaging considering how despicable the characters they play are. It’s a simple concept, but therein lies its genius. It’s amazing how intimidating a light switch can look in the right hands.

So there we have it! Five of my favourite short horror films on the interwebs. Keep your eyes peeled for later installments; but in the meantime, are there any you’d like to see mentioned? Drop me a comment down below and I’ll take a look!

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