I’ve always enjoyed watching short horror films on YouTube. I think they’re seriously undervalued, especially when they’re full of potential and can REALLY scare the bejesus out of you.
Some of these shorts are so terrifyingly good that they even went viral, caught the attention of some major Hollywood studios, and got turned into a much more frightening full-length movie.
So with Halloween just around the corner, I’ve come up with a list of some of the most frightening short horror films you can find on YouTube that I dare you to watch alone.
1. Lights Out
What’s it about: A woman is tormented by a dark figure who only appears every time the lights are off.
P.S.: Yes, the 2016 horror hit Lights Out, which stars Teresa Palmer and Maria Bello, was based on this short film after it went viral. This film marked the directorial debut of David F. Sandberg, who happened to be the same guy who directed the short film.
What’s it about: A woman wakes up in the middle of the night to the sound of her phone ringing. What she discovers next will literally scare you out of your wits!
3. 2AM: The Smiling Man
What’s it about: A guy walks home alone at night only to discover he’s being followed by something frightening.
What’s it about: For some reason, two girls decide to leave their house only to be stopped by “mama.”
P.S.: This Spanish short film caught the attention of Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Crimson Peak) and became the inspiration of the 2013 horror movie Mama, starring Jessica Chastain and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau.
5. Attic Panic
What’s it about: A woman finds herself locked in her attic and discovers something far more terrifying than empty boxes.
6. I Heard It Too
What’s it about: A girl wakes up to the sound of her mother calling her. Or so she thought.
7. Cam Closer
What’s it about: A woman tries to take a picture using her mobile phone and discovers its unique (and hair-raising) feature.
What’s it about: A guy working late takes a bathroom break, which turns out to be far more intense than de-stressing.
What’s it about: A driver pulls in to a silent road to take a quick nap only to be woken up by the sound of someone knocking behind him.
What’s it about: A woman experiences some strange things happening inside her house caused by a specific picture on the wall.
Happy Halloween, everybody!