You don't need two hours to tell an effective story. As these short films show, you can craft a horror movie as scary, gory, fun and freaky as any feature-length flick on the big screen in less than a third of the time. It's not surprise than some shorts even grow into feature films. Some on this list are early works from now-famous filmmakers, others come from never-famous filmmakers, but all of them are great for at least this three- to 30-minute time frame of storytelling. And all are available free online!
Note: As a general rule, these videos should be considered NSFW.
La Cabina (The Phone Box) (1972)Director: Antonio Mercero
Running Time: 35 minutes
Synopsis: A businessman discovers the disturbing secret behind a mysterious new phone booth after becoming trapped inside.
Director: Aritz Moreno
Running Time: 7 minutes
Synopsis: Villagers confront a sick man they blame for their problems.
The Cub (2013)
Director: Riley Stearns
Running Time: 5 minutes
Synopsis: A couple decides on a radical approach to their daughter's upbrining.
The Descendent (2006)
Director: Robert Glickert
Running Time: 16 minutes
Synopsis: A pair of hitmen bite off more than they can chew when they attempt to knock off their latest target.
Dog Food (2014)
Director: Brian Crano
Running Time: 18 minutes
Synopsis: A young butcher's life begins to spiral when his beloved dog goes missing.
The Hidden People (2008)
Director: Graham Annable
Running Time: 3 minutes
Synopsis: This short takes an animated approach to the standard "cabin in the woods" horror movie scenario.
The Horribly Slow Murderer with the Extremely Inefficient Weapon (2008)Director: Richard Gale
Running Time: 10 minutes
Synopsis: In this horror spoof, a poor man is tormented by a supernatural being with an unusual weapon of choice.