I actually have an entire list of short films that I’ve liked and recommended, but I decided to take it up a notch and write descriptions of my very favorite films so you can decide whether or not you’d like to watch them! These descriptions will just be basic summaries (Note: Some of these descriptions were written by me, others are official summaries), that way you won’t get spoiled. Be sure to let me know your favorites! :D
(Also, this list will probably be added onto as I find more short films)
Synopsis: A young female babysitter is chatting to her friend when the young girl she’s watching disturbs her. She hangs up the phone and goes upstairs to investigate. She finds her screaming and standing up on her bed but can’t find anything wrong. She calms the child down and goes back down stairs. This happens several times but things get more ominous and creepy as the babysitter has to investigate the supposedly safe little bedroom.
My thoughts: I love this short, it’s one of my all time favorites! I think it’s because it’s reminiscent of one of my favorite urban legends. However, even if you’re familiar with this urban legend, The Red Balloon still offers a twist that’ll ensure you won’t be able to guess exactly what happens.
Synopsis: A surreal little film that a man (whom we see generously popping pills while driving) who arrives in a very strange town where there appears to be nothing but mannequins; mannequins who move every time he looks away from them. In the end (following some very disturbing events), we don’t know whether this was a drug-induced hallucination or if something more sinister was afoot.
My thoughts: This was actually one of the very first short horror films I saw and ended up paving the way to my obsession with them. As such, it has a special place in my heart!
Um… hi there. I guess you could say I’m writing this as a cautionary tale to those who plan on studying abroad in future. I don’t mean to discourage you from going in the first place, it’s more like I just want you to be aware of this so that something like this doesn’t happen to you too.
In honor of October, I’ve decided to start posting my favorite 2spooky stories every now and then! I only discovered this story recently but it’s quickly become an all-time favorite. I hope you like it as much as I do!
My mom has rapid early-onset Alzheimer’s and three months ago I had to put her into care.
I’m thirty-four and so you can imagine how I’m feeling about ending up the same way. My sister Megan is thirty-nine and is pretty much deep in denial, won’t go to doctors and last time I saw her told me to “shove my fucking fish oil tablets up my ass”. We love each other and get along but when it comes to Mom’s Alzheimer’s we can’t talk about it.
And if you can do the math, you can figure out that Mom was just fifteen when she had Megan. Quite the scandal back in the day but then she and my dad got married when she turned eighteen and had me and also my younger brother, Robert.
It has been a bad year. A really fucking bad year. Three months ago Mom went into care and that was because four months ago, Dad passed away. He was only five years older than Mom and died (they think) because of side-effects from his blood thinning medication. And if you do the math there you realize she was fourteen when she became pregnant with Megan and Dad was nineteen when that happened. A little statutory rape swept under the carpet of the past.
Putting Mom into care was hard but she’s not the first member of our family to go.
Long-time followers will know that I have a serious obsession with Junji Ito, aka the king of horror manga. I’ve read all of his works that are available in English multiple times. But one has always stuck out to me (and many, MANY others). That story is The Enigma of Amigara Fault.
Basically, a boy, Owaki, and a girl, Yoshida, meet on Amigara Mountain, where a very unsettling discovery has been made. Human-shaped holes are scattered across the mountain, and it soon becomes apparent that these holes are “calling out” to the people they are shaped like. So, what exactly are in these holes?
You’ll need to read on to find out!
WARNING: Do not read this manga if you are claustrophobic or are easily scared. You have been warned.
WARNING: This video may be considered disturbing to some. Viewer discretion is advised.
The Gate (directed by Matt Westrup)
A new virulent strain of rabies is thought to be responsible for a number of horrible deaths in the city of London. It soon becomes clear that the cause of the condition has a much more sinister origin.
"The Gate" is a very effective little movie that both terrifies and invokes curiosity. It’s one of my favorite short films! What’s more is that it’s being turned into a full-length feature film and Westrupt will be returning as the director. I’m really excited to see it!
Stranded in the midst of a zombie apocalypse, a man sets in motion an unlikely plan to protect the precious cargo he carries: his infant daughter.
Now, I’ll be the first to admit that I’m really not all that fond of zombies, but this short film really got to me. The image of a father clinging to his humanity in order to save his daughter is something that will stick with me for a long time. Even if you aren’t a fan of zombies, this is a very touching film and one I think a lot of people will enjoy!
Also, this film has gone pretty viral over the past several weeks, so maybe some of you have seen it already. As of writing this it has almost 3 million views!
My favorite horror movies (and where to watch them)
I love horror movies. I really, really love horror movies, especially those of the psychological variety. Even if they don’t scare me (which is most of the time), they still have amazing storytelling techniques and keep your interest throughout. I recommend these movies whether you’re looking for a good scare or just want to watch a great film!
Alien (1979)- A classic movie about a starship’s crew terrorized by an unstoppable and deadly extraterrestrial that ruthlessly hunts them down one by one.
Lake Mungo (2008)- A mockumentary about a grieving family seeking to uncover their dead daughter’s secrets, which may be the cause of why she has seemingly been unable to move on.
The Poughkeepsie Tapes (2007)- Another mockumentary about the discovery of hundreds of tapes detailing one serial killer’s decades of profoundly disturbing “work.” The movie is a mixture of said tapes and interviews from people involved with the case.
Jaws (1975)- One of the most famous films of all time, Jaws details the menace of a massive, man-eating great white shark on Amity Island and the measures taken by the local police chief to destroy it once and for all.
Ringu (1998)- Arguably the most well-known J-horror film of all time (and responsible for bringing the genre to the attention of Western countries), Ringu depicts an unsettling video tape rumored to cause the death of whomever watches it within seven days. After witnessing it, Reiko Asakawa must race against time to find the cure to her predicament.
[REC] (2007)- The basis of the American remake Quarantine, [REC] is a found-footage film following the actions of a reporter and her cameraman who are unintentionally dragged into a horrifying mess when they are locked in a dark apartment with something sinister lurking within.
Ju-On (2000)- Another J-horror film (which inspired the Grudge series), Ju-on (aka The Curse) details the story of a house haunted by a vengeful onryō and the havoc wreaked on whoever is unfortunate enough to encounter her.
Sinister (2012)- After true-crime writer Ellison Oswalt moves into a house that was the setting for a gruesome murder in order to get ideas for his new book, he discovers a box of home movies that put the lives of himself and his family in grave danger.
The Descent (2005)- A caving expedition involving six women goes horribly wrong after they are trapped within an unmapped cave system. Worse still, they soon discover they aren’t alone…
Perfect Blue (1998)- The only anime film on this list. While Perfect Blue isn’t a horror film in the strictest sense of the word, it’s a psychological thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat and, for lack of a better word, mindfucks you. It revolves around Mima, an ex-idol who has decided to venture into the acting world. After filming a particularly traumatic scene, Mima becomes unable to distinguish reality from fantasy and soon begins a downward spiral. However, her fears may not be as unfounded as they seem…
As many of my followers know, I am obsessed with all things horror. In particular, I’m passionate about short horror films. Getting a good story and some scares packed into just a few minutes is difficult but often rewarding. I’ve spent years combing through the internet trying to find the best films. So I decided to post my own personal list of films I’ve loved so others could enjoy them, too!
This list is constantly growing so I’ll be updating every now and then. These are all very professional and, if not super scary, are very entertaining. Of course, your mileage may vary. They’re all in chronological order, by the dates I discovered them. Enjoy!
What if you knew where your Teddy Bear really came from?
This short film, Tufty, manages to combine black humor with horror to create something truly thought-provoking. We never stop to consider where our things come from and who or what may have been exploited to get them to us.
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