As any true horror fan knows, a movie doesn’t need to be long to deliver serious scares. In fact, many horror shorts, including two on this list, were so terrifying that they actually inspired feature-length films. No need to download from Amazon or purchase on iTunes: you can watch these seven chilling shorts right now.
1. First Like
Social media can be…a nightmare.
2. Bloody Mary
For the life of us, we don’t understand why people continue to try and summon Bloody Mary. As this short shows, nothing good will come of it.
3. The Smiling Man
4. Lights Out
This infamous viral hit won awards, and inspired the feature-length film Lights Out.
This is another terrifying short that inspired a feature-length film: , produced by Guillermo del Toro.
6. He Took His Skin Off For Me
This one might just seem straight-up bizarre, but the creepiness factor only grows, and the short actually offers a chilling commentary on relationships.
7. Night of the Slasher
This award-winning horror short is a funny, bloody take on traditional slasher movie tropes, all the way down to the killer’s Leonard Nimoy mask, which pays homage to Michael Myers’ William Shatner mask.
Feature still from "He Took His Skin Off For Me" via Ben Aston / Vimeo