Bride of Fright Bites: More Scary Short Films to Haunt Your Halloween

By Robert Repass

Hello, fellow film fiends. It’s that time of year again—time to hang your skeletons, carve your pumpkins, and don your most ghoulish garb. So we’re back with a new selection of frightful short films for your viewing…pleasure?

Whether you like a good scare, a little fun, or a taste of the bizarre, these morsels will satisfy your monstrous movie cravings. All these films get the job done in less than 30 minutes and have been unearthed from the crypts of YouTube and Vimeo. (Keep in mind that, due to scary, gory, or spookily adult situations, some of these films may not be suitable for young eyes.) Now grab your popcorn, dim the lights, turn up the volume, and lean in a little closer…we won’t bite—we promise.


So let’s cut to the chase: Halloween is all about the treats. But the definition of treat and the definition of trick depend on your perspective. (Length: 1:59)

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Once upon a time, there was a house where the trick-or-treating was especially fulfilling. Just remember, you’d better be wearing a costume—or else. (Length: 2:53)

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Want to find out who your true friends are? One way to do so is to call forth a demon and play its little game…. (Length: 13:55)

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The doctor is in. And we mean really in, in this short, which stars Jeremy Sisto as a man with personality to spare. (Length: 5:07)

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Halloween is the perfect opportunity for a young woman to head out for some fun and mischief—accompanied by the monster who lives under her bed. (Length: 9:12)

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Whatever is haunting this house, it has a real bone to pick with the living residents, who bring in a medium to facilitate communication. (Length: 6:43)

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Fans of the zombie genre will love this “no-budget” but high-action short for its style and moral ambiguity. (Length: 15:55)

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A mother comes to the rescue when her son says that something scary is lurking in a closet. (This is an early film from the director of The Babadook, Jennifer Kent.) (Length: 10:43)

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In this slowly building animated short, creepy things start to happen as two strangers wait at a remote bus stop near an old cemetery. (Length: 14:47)

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This very scary short has one very important message about social media: Never un-friend the dead! (Length: 8:54)

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20 HZ

In this film, sound is front and center. You might want to wear your headphones and find a good place to hide when you watch this one. (Length: 5:00)

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Two kids are having a sleepover in a town that has a reason not to sleep. What could go wrong? (Length: 5:27)

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A gaggle of villagers tries to figure out who the killer werewolf in their midst is, but they just can’t seem to put the pieces together. (Length: 5:37)

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Excellent execution and pacing can make even a simple premise—told in two minutes—as chilling as any horror masterpiece. (Length: 2:18)

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As it turns out, clowns and zombies go together like chocolate and peanut butter. In this strange movie, a newly minted zombie learns some post-life lessons. (Length: 11:06)

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We like it when friends send us treats! This film was sent to us by a Create reader. We love the suspense, the mood, and the camera work. (Length: 5:05)

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Want more movies? Check 2014’s “Fright Bites” for last year’s 13 picks, or head on over to YouTube or Vimeo to find more frightful treats. Better yet, make your own spooky short film and share it with us. We are always looking for a good scare.

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October 20, 2015

Marquee image: Eric Van Huystee