by Anthony Sandridge

With the world upside down, it is definitely the ideal time to indulge in some spooky stories and hair-raising horror movies, but if you’re pressed for time, short films might be the best option.

So, grab some popcorn, turn the lights down, prepare to be completely terrified, and if cannot handle it, you may want to check out the list of Australian online casinos.

Smiling Man – 2015

The Smiling Man [main image] plays with our aversion to the strange and the strangely familiar.

This chilling story, which was directed by A.J. Briones, centers on a teenage girl who, while alone in her apartment, encounters a man with a sinister smile. You’ll be on the tip of your seat, waiting for the next terrifying turn as the suspense rises.

Birch – 2016

The intriguing supernatural horror short The Birch explores themes of folklore and retribution. Ben Franklin and Anthony Melton are responsible for the film’s direction, which depicts the tale of a bullied youngster who asks an ancient woods creature for protection.

Don’t Move – 2013

Ben Franklin and Anthony Melton’s Don’t Move is a cautionary story about the repercussions of tampering with the paranormal.

During a Halloween party, a group of pals tries to communicate with the afterlife. But, when they break a basic rule of not moving, things become terrible. In this spooky short, the terror and tension grow.

Cargo – 2013

Cargo by Ben Howling and Yolanda Ramke depicts the sorrowful tale of a father attempting to shield his daughter from the unthinkable in a post-apocalyptic world. This short film, which has a runtime of just under seven minutes, is able to deeply engage your emotions and leave you feeling uneasy.

Little Witch – 2015

Alvaro Vicario’s The Little Witch provides a unique horror experience that is based on mythology and fairy tales. In this short video, a young girl encounters an evil witch while playing in the woods. It’s an evocative, visually arresting composition that perfectly captures the flavour of traditional folklore terror.

Vicious – 2015

Oliver Park’s horror short Vicious uses the well-known haunted house plot device. It succeeds in establishing a mood of dread and anxiety in under ten minutes as a woman looks into odd happenings in her home following the death of her sister. Consistently increasing tension leads to a horrifying climax that will have you on the edge of your seat.

Quiet Zone – 2015

In the post-apocalyptic setting of Andrew Carson’s movie The Quiet Zone, even the slightest disturbance could call forth ferocious beasts. The film’s focus on a man’s struggle for survival and silence makes it both powerful and terrifying.

Lights Out – 2013

This 2013 short film inspired the movie Lights Out (2016) and it is a straightforward but effective horror experience. This three-minute movie, which David F. Sandberg directed, investigates the dread of the dark and what lies within. You should be ready for a few spooky moments that will make you hesitate before turning out the lights.

The Jigsaw – 2014

The horror film The Jigsaw, which was directed by Basil and Rashad Al-Safar, gives a distinctive perspective on the genre.

The unsettling incidents involving an enigmatic jigsaw puzzle are followed. As the puzzle pieces fit together, the dread increases, resulting in a terrifying revelation that will make you uneasy.

The Whistler – 2018

The Whistler, a terrifying creature, is brought to life in the film The Whistler directed by Jennifer Nicole Stang.

In this short film, a mother and her daughter come into a terrifying entity that is both lethal and spooky in a lonesome wilderness. You are guaranteed to get chills watching this short due to the tension and atmosphere it creates.