With the conclusion of October always offering multiplexes around the world the perfect opportunity to roll-out a series of often uninspired and unoriginal Horror flicks, it’s often left to its bite-size offspring, the short film, to provide the frights we look for in Halloween season. Offering you the chance to continuously scare the bejesus out of yourself in the briefest of durations, here are DN’s favourite jump-filled Horror short films:

Lights Out

Director: David F. Sandberg
When a woman turns out the lights, a figure appears, but when she turns them back on, it is gone.

“Don’t Move”

Director: Anthony Melton
Set on one fateful night, six friends gather for their monthly ‘games night’… and accidentally unleash a demonic force that might tear them – and their friendships – to pieces.

Night Swim

Director: Rod Blackhurst + Bryce James McGuire
There’s something in the water.

Behold the Noose

Director: Jamie Ryan Scott Brooks
A sheriff’s deputy searches for a girl in the mysterious backwoods of Kaufman County, Texas.

Broken Night

Director: Guillermo Arriaga
A young woman and her four-year-old daughter drive across desolated hills. Everything looks fine and they seem to enjoy the ride, until an accident sends them into the nightmare of darkness.

La Boca del León

Director: Alfonso García
Haunted by the world of the dead Mr. Montalvo to live makes one last phonecall in his desperate search for salvation.


Director: Jack Michel
A first person/found footage horror that captures a terrifying home invasion on camera

Think we missed any scary short films from our list? Let us know in the comments below.

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