Youtube Fright Bites: 13 Short Horror Movies

It’s almost Halloween, which means it’s that time of year were you’re searching for something scary to watch to get you in the mood.  These short horror films, all available on YouTube, are sure to get you into the Halloween spirit quickly. Oh and don’t forget to go into full-screen mode and turn up the volume scared cat.

Lights Out

Man, did this film give me chills. It has an amazing build up and will make you glance over your shoulder after watching, even if you’re watching in daylight.


A woman gets a call that makes her question her safety in her own home. This film plays at the uneasiness we feel when awake at night in bed.


The short film that inspired Guillermo del Toro’s horror movie of the same name. Del Toro gives an introduction to the video, so skip to 0:50 if you just want to see the film.

He Dies at the End

A man working late one night stumbles across a website that will supposedly tell him how he dies if he answers its questionnaire. The video has one of the best build ups I’ve ever seen.

The Smiling Man

This film is based off of a story on the subreddit Let’s Not Meet. A man takes a late night stroll and encounters an unsettling stranger. The video and story both do a great job of taking something as comforting as a smile and turning it into something sinister.


Predator and prey—saying anything more would give too much away. It’s a great (and very scary) story.

The Little Witch

This short is an adaptation to a classic short story many of us know well. Both the video and story are quite short, so this is all I’m going to say.

The Black Hole

This short is creepy for a completely different reason than all the others on this list. There are no ghosts or demons, just a portal and a bit of primal fear. Be careful not to abuse the power you have.

The Old Chair

A young woman gets an old, free chair off of Craigslist… what could possibly be frightening about that?

The Cat With Hands

The dark, surreal story of a cat who wants to be human.

Behind the Door

Two brothers run from a vampire-like monster. What really makes this film is the acting done by the two young boys.

Don’t Move

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. WARNING: CONTAINS SCENES UNSUITABLE FOR YOUNG CHILDREN.

The Quiet

A young deaf girl must walk home alone from school. And she soon realizes that she’s being followed. Based on a true story.

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