Ten Horror Shorts (Under 5 Minutes)

Horror shorts are typically simple and spooky, ending with a twist or monster revelation. They’re easy to swallow but don’t tend to bring on many emotions, as it is difficult to be frightened in such a short span unless there’s tension-building or a jump scare. Because these were all pretty decent (no big flops) I’ve put them in order from least liked to most, omitting my ratings.

The Mannequin (2020)

Length: 4:41
One Sentence Summary: A guy brings home a plastic, white, faceless, not scary in the least mannequin and it follows him around the house (even though it’s legs were clearly tied to the table because it doesn’t have a stand).
One Good Thing and One Bad Thing: Distinct and clear sound effects. Home-made acting.
Watch here: YouTube

The Bachelor’s Skull (2020)

Length: 4:22
One Sentence Summary: A man meddles with the mechanics of his robot-lady and suffers a freak accident.
One Good Thing and One Bad Thing: The computer visuals- the castle-house and the metal inner-workings were beautiful. The acting was mildly painful and diminishes any droplets of horror from this short.
Watch here: YouTube

Clay (2020)

Length: 3:35
One Sentence Summary: A clay murderer is created by an artist with bad facial hair.
One Good Thing and One Bad Thing: The music creates an eerie dread. The ending is lazy and could have easily been made better with a molecule of effort.
Watch here: YouTube

The Moonlight Man (2016)

Length: 2:43
One Sentence Summary: A woman is stalked by a frightening figure on the way to her car.
One Good Thing and One Bad Thing: The walking around the car scenes and the trunk surprise. The first glimpse of the maniac is too soon (and the woman seems more upset about dropping her keys than him at first).
Watch here: YouTube

2 AM: The Smiling Man (2013)

Length: 4:08
One Sentence Summary: Another nighttime follower- man sees a singing, smiling creeper on a quiet street at night.
One Good Thing and One Bad Thing: The simple idea of a person following you on the sidewalk in the late hours is terrifying, especially when his steps are the only sound. The dancing didn’t add anything and I didn’t find the man or his clothing much more than unnerving.
Watch here: YouTube

Polaroid (2017)

Length: 3:15
One Sentence Summary: A man takes pictures of his new apartment and finds and unwanted roommate.
One Good Thing and One Bad Thing: Short and sweet tension-builder. A little simple.
Watch here: YouTube

Sleepwalker (2017)

Length: 4:16
One Sentence Summary: A man opens a door in his bedroom that leads into a forest where a nightmare awaits.
One Good Thing and One Bad Thing: Effective visuals that make you feel like you’re in a dream of your own. Amateur acting.
Watch here: YouTube

The Pretty Thing (2018)

Length: 4:29
One Sentence Summary: A girl is anxious about being unable to lock her back door and communicates with her sister in the other room to help calm her fears.
One Good Thing and One Bad Thing: Excellent tension building in a relatable scenario. I know the focus is supposed to be on the snap and crackle sounds, but it’s weird that the girl never screams.
Watch here: YouTube

Mommy (2020)

Length: 4:45
One Sentence Summary: Mostly vegetable cutting and tension building, but a nice little spook on the baby monitor camera.
One Good Thing and One Bad Thing: Mood-setting and attention to detail are done with love. A little longer and bit less produce would make this fantastic. (Seriously, what is she even making?!)
Watch here: YouTube

The Birch (2017)

Length: 4:43
One Sentence Summary:
One Good Thing and One Bad Thing: So original and well done it became an online TV series. I wish it showed how the boys were killed as it leans a little more to fantasy than horror without the extra gore.
Watch here: YouTube

Ghost Stories (2019)

Score: 4.5/10

Length: 144

Rating: Mature (Netflix)

Language: English

Categories: 2000s, Hindi, Bollywood, anthology, murderer, monster, ghost

There are a lot of films with this name, so don’t get confused- this is the Bollywood horror anthology film on Netflix. The same directors who worked on Lust Stories share four creepy tales. A few things you need to keep in mind- Bollywood is known for elaborate action films and romances with loads of singing and dancing. It’s not known for its horror films and rightfully so- they don’t compare to the actual horrors we see in most North American, European, and Asian films, they’re more like spooky bed time stories. So take that horror genre categorizing with a huge grain of salt. And maybe some cilantro.

The segments don’t have titles so I’m just going to make them up and review them separately.

The Old Lady – A young woman is a caretaker for an elderly, bed-ridden lady. Strange things happen in the house at night, and eventually, the nurse happens upon a horrible secret which she smelled from the start.

Egg Envy – An almost black and white story about an expecting mother, a jealous child, and feathery fears of a miscarriage.

Monster Meal – I suppose a zombie movie, but more with monsters. Most of the humans are still turning, however, our main monster looks a lot like Harry the sasquatch from Harry and the Hendersons. Funny enough, this is probably the scariest segment, due to some of the frightening acting by the affected-humans. A man visits a small town and finds two children to be the sole survivors of some sort of mutation that turns humans into apelike creatures with bad eyesight who eat humans.

Granny’s Blessing – The final film is strange and not scary, but definitely quirky. An attractive couple plan an arranged marriage, but the wife-to-be has second thoughts after learning that her fiance is obsessed with his dead grandmother.