HORROR FILMS

Happy Halloween short films lovers! It’s once again that time of year when we snuggle underneath a blanket and scare ourselves senseless with great horror films. We have collected some of the scariest, goriest and most bloody short films for you, from our previous festival editions. They will not only leave you scared and sick to your stomach, they will also make you laugh and leave you with food for thought. 

You might think that short films are too short to be able to give you a good scare, but as you can experience from the films below, that is in no way the case. These fantastic films will surprise you with great jump scares but also build a tension that will leave you on the edge of your seat. 

Enjoy.

Laura Hasn't Slept

Parker Finn / 10 min. / USA / 2020

Laura is afraid to sleep. Because if she does, he’ll be there. Always. Maybe she should talk to a psychologist? In a very short amount of time, director Parker Finn manages to build up a solidly unnerving atmosphere, tipping his hat to the classics, all the while giving a taste of a universe all his own.

This film was featured in our Horror Short program this year (2020).

The Third Hand

Yoni Weisberg / 10 min. / UK / 2018

Human nature is put to the test when a belittled worker accidentally stumbles upon a magical copy machine and the possibilities start to reveal themselves. With the dialogue-less and highly metaphorical ‘The Third Hand’, Yoni Weisberg delivers a grotesque and violent fable for adults.

This film was featured in our Horror Short program from 2019.

Here There Be Monsters

Drew Macdonald / 15 min. / Australia / 2018

Australian director Drew MacDonald rips the carpet from underneath his viewers, delivering an unusually nuanced film and easily switching from socio-realism to monster movie and back again. There’s good reason that ‘Here There Be Monsters’ has been a huge festival success.

This film was featured in our Horror Short program from 2019.

Netflix & Chill

Michael Middelkoop / 7 min. / Netherlands / 2018

The dutch Michael Middelkoop’s ‘Netflix & Chill’ has had it’s well deserved victory lap around the worlds genre film festivals and with good reason. Middelkoop pulls a well known pastiche in new directions, and surprises with a sweet and bloody story of a contemporary teenage phenomenon.

This film was featured in our Horror Short program from 2018.

Coyote

Lorenz Wunderle / 10 min. / Switzerland / 2017

A coyote loses his wife and children in an attack of wolves. Anguished by human emotions he tries to process the experience. Apart from grief and delusion, evil takes up more and more space.

This film was featured in our Animation gone wild program from 2018.

She Came from the Woods

Eric & Carson Bloomquist / 12 min. / USA / 2017

A group of young counselors at a summer camp. It’s late and all the children have gone home. A scary urban legend and a challenge: do you dare to spill your blood and call forth Esther? The brothers Bloomquist’s stylish pastiche takes place in 1987, and hits all the retro references right in the ass.

This film was featured in our Horror Short program from 2018.

La Noria

Carlos Baena / 12 min. / Spain / 2018

Imagine if Guillermo Del Toro directed a monster movie at Pixar. A grieving boy must face his worst nightmares in Carlos Baena’s wonderful fairytale ‘La Noria’. The film is that rare animated film that dares to be scary and is technically on par with the World’s best.

This film was featured in our Horror Short program from 2019.

Latched

Justin Harding & Rob Brunner / 17 min. / Canada / 2017

The experienced directors Justin Harding and Rob Brunner channel adventurous horror at the same level as Guillermo Del Toro in this scary story about loneliness, dancing and fairies. The film has had its victory lap all around the World’s film festivals and was screened at the prestigious Toronto Film Festival.

This film was featured in our Horror Short program from 2018.

Belial's Dream

Robert Morgan / 5 min. / UK / 2017

Belial, the deformed conjoined twin from the Basket Case series, has a strange dream.

This film was featured in our Animation gone wild program from 2018.

Cabin Killer

Michael Rich / 11 min. / USA / 2018

In an attempt to save their relationship a young couple have left the big city for a cabin in the woods. They just forgot to check for psycho killers in the area. ‘Cabin Killer’ is a sharp horror comedy from director Michael Rich.

This film was featured in our Horror Shorts program from 2019.

Helsinki Mansplaining Massacre

Ilja Rautsi / 15 min. / Finland / 2018

With references to ‘Evil Dead’ and ‘The Chainsaw Massacre’ the finnish Ilja Rautsi delivers this years craziest slasher comedy. The title almost says it all, and the original blood gushings took home the main award from the biggest genre film festival in Asia.

This film was featured in our Horror Shorts program from 2018.

Maw (Muil)

Jasper Vrancken / 20 min. / Belgium / 2018

Richard has always been aware of his sexual abnormality, but only when he meets the mysterious Max does he get a chance to live out his fantasies. ‘Maw’ is a stylish and moody parable of sexual fruition and the fear of exploration.

This film was featured in our Horror Shorts program from 2019.

Bad Hair

Oskar Lehemaa / 15 min. / Estonia / 2019

Miracles are often too good to be true. The same goes for miracle hair cures as our nameless protagonist learns in the year’s most disgusting film.

This film was featured in our Horror Shorts program from 2019.