Truly Scary Short Films You Can Creep Out To On YouTube Tonight

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Vote up YouTube's best horror shorts.

The short film is one of the most underrated forms of filmmaking out there. Without the constraints of a classic three-act narrative weighing it down, a short film can do some really interesting things with the cinematic form, and horror shorts are the best genre to apply this kind of freedom. Unlike features, good short films can be hard to find, but luckily there are plenty of horror shorts you can stream for free that are really good. You might also enjoy the best horror channels on YouTube

The short horror films you can watch online included on this run-down hit all of the sweet spots of horror, from older pieces by masters of the genre to animated tales to straight-up bonkers pieces that keep you guessing from the moment they begin. 

Before the Internet, when a short film ended its festival run, it essentially died, but now that people can upload their films to online platforms, shorts can be enjoyed whenever you’re in the mood for something spooky. There are a lot of scary short films on YouTube: shorts about ghosts, home invaders, serial killers, and even Cronenbergian monsters made up of your favorite '90s snack time drink.

Turn down your lights, turn up your speakers, and settle in to spend some time with these scary horror short films on YouTube. Then vote on YouTube’s best short horror films, and if there a short that you think should have been included, leave it in the comments.