These Halloween films prove that short doesn’t mean less scary

Published October 31, 2020, 12:30 PM

by John Legaspi

These horror short films are not for the faint of heart

Still from Vesuvius

Sometimes, the perfect horror movie is not based on how long the running time is. Masterful thrills and shocks compressed in much shorter films are good enough to give that eerie, horrifying feel that keeps everyone up at night.

Halloween, especially this year, is best spent by binge-watching horror films. But if full length movies aren’t your thing, Facebook user and horror movie fanatic Shed Imarie Kaye Giron shared through her now viral Facebook post a roster of award-winning horror featurettes, perfect for your Halloween movie night. 

Sit back, relax, and hit the play button on these mini nightmares.

The Other Side of the Box

Directed by Caleb J. Phillips, this short film centers its story on a couple that received a mysterious package from an old friend. The strange thing about it is that the box seems to have no bottom, no end.

Human Form

This Korean body horror film deals with the country’s plastic surgery custom, or more like obsession. A young girl from South Korea searches for that “perfect” look. Taking matters into her own hands, how far would she go in changing her façade?

One Please

This 2017 featurette by Jesse Burks is about the kids’ favorite ice cream truck, but its treats might cost one an arm and a leg—maybe even a finger.


A woman with agoraphobia knocks a hole on her wall when trying to hang a piece of art. Intrigued by the mystery on the other side, she soon finds the terror living there.

The Jester

Director Colin Krawchuck brings a story of a man who meets what seems to be the embodiment of Halloween one night after his shift.


The Erik Matti horror short film is about the turning point of a man’s life upon the apparition of the Virgin Mary, or so he thinks.

Unholy Women: Rattle Rattle

This 2006 Japanese black comedy film comes in three segments. Rattle Rattle is a story of a young woman terrorized by an evil being.

2AM: The Smiling Man

The four-minute thriller presents a pedestrian nightmare of a man who encounters a man with an awfully eerie smile on his face and won’t stop following him.

Still life

Jon Knautz’s 2005 horror short tells a story of a pill-popping driver hitting something on the road. Things get haywire when he encounters a town populated by lifeless mannequins.