It’s a rainy night. You’re getting ready to go to sleep. You lock the doors and windows of your flat and walk to your room. There’s a light switch right next to your bedroom door that controls the hallway lights. You turn it off. You slightly turn back to look at the hallway and suddenly, from the corner of your eye you spot a humanoid shadow right at the end by the entrance. You feel as if your heartbeat has stopped for a second. But you react quickly and turn the lights on. You sigh, relieved; it's just a coat hanging on the wall.
But... did you actually see that? Even though you're not so convinced, you turn the lights off with your eyes focused on the hanger, and there it is, the figure right next to the coat. Now you can’t stop watching; you turn on and off the lights repeatedly, and it's always there, that dark silhouette, motionless, perhaps looking at you. One more time: click (off), click (on), click (off)... Then, it hits you like a bucket of cold water. The figure has moved.
You turn the lights on and run to your room to get something to prevent the switch from turning the lights off. You find duct tape in your room… That’ll work. You secure the light switch and go to your room. You lie on your bed with the lamp on your nightstand on. You’re starting to fall asleep when you listen to an eerie creak. You look at the door; the lights are still on, and nothing seems to be out there, but the creaking continues.
Suddenly, your worst fear comes true and the lights go down. You’re panicking; you can actually feel the shivers and the cold sweat all over your face. Then, you hear steps running towards you. This is not a nightmare, it can't be. This is so dreadfully real. You cover your face with your blanket and wish this to be over soon.
Some seconds pass and you notice you can’t listen to that noise anymore. You uncover your face. The light on your nightstand is flickering. Although none of these strange happenings seems logical, your brain forces you to think in logical terms, so you try to fix the wire. It works; everything’s fine it was just a...
This is the plot of Lights Out (2013) a short horror film created by David F. Sandberg. In less than five minutes, we’re presented with a complete story filled with all the elements that frighten us in a regular movie. It’s not just a compilation of formulaic cliché scenes that makes us jump off our seats at the movies, but a concise story with a presentation, climax, and conclusion. It’s like when you’re feeling a bit drowsy and you want to wake up but a cup of coffee won't cut it, instead you go for an espresso, a tiny shot of caffeine that will boost you. The same happens with these short films. They're packed with horror and are the perfect nugget of adrenaline and fear.
The Maiden (2016) Dir. Michael Chaves
A real estate young woman arrives at an abandoned manor willing to close a sale. The house is in very bad conditions due to a fire that consumed half of the property. As soon as she starts cleaning it and taking photos, she starts noticing weird things. Will she be able to sell the house or even get out there alive?
Bedfellows (2008) Dir. Drew Daywalt
This is a very famous short film that won't let you ever sleep peacefully again. A loving couple is sleeping on their bed when suddenly a phone rings. Who's on the phone? The last person you'd want to listen to at night.
Mama (2008) Dir. Andrés Muschietti
Mama is the short film that inspired Guillermo del Toro to create an alternative version with the same name. What happens when you have to run away from home when mom arrives?
He Dies at the End (2010) Dir. Damian McCarthy
We're all so afraid of death that, given the chance, we'd love to know how it's gonna happen. What happens if someone told you how you will die while being alone in your office at night? Would you dare? That's what I thought.
The Smiling Man (2015) Dir. A.J. Briones
Imagine finding a path of balloons in your house with little bags attached to them, containing dirty and old pieces of dismembered dolls. Now imagine you're a kid. What's waiting for you at the end of the path?
All these short movies have the perfect dosage of horror that will leave you on the edge of your seat. If you are looking for a more powerful punch of horror, we recommend these movies with the most disturbing scenes of all times. Also, if you prefer psychological thrillers, don't miss these five movies.