Few times of the year are more festive than Halloween.
The signs are everywhere: autumnal colors, carved pumpkins, macabre decorations, costume parties, and trick-or-treaters preparing to overdose on sugar.
Halloween is also the time when horror movies and scary films take center stage.
From blood-and-gore spectacles to unnerving tales of the supernatural, watching horror movies has become a quintessential, modern Halloween tradition.
The following 12 short films represent chilling narratives of dread and horror perfect for the holiday.
So get some popcorn, grab your favorite treats, turn down the lights (if you dare!) and enjoy these engaging tales of terror.
A man suffering from amnesia awakens from slumber to find himself trapped in a shadowy realm populated by hellish creatures.
A collector obsessed with death receives a mysterious antique photo that completes his collection. But something has attached itself to the picture, and it soon makes its presence known.
A young urbanite is intrigued by his secretive new neighbors. Overcome by curiosity, he attempts to discover more about them. He soon realizes some secrets - and people - are better left undisturbed.
At a birthday party, a recently divorced young mother receives a dire warning from a mysterious stranger: someone is watching her and her baby. Upset, the woman returns home. There she begins to experience eerie phenomena which indicates someone or something is in her home.
When a mysterious audio tone is broadcast across the planet, everyone who hears it dies. Only the deaf remain alive. However, the survivors soon realize their nightmare has only just begun.
In the summer of 2012, five close friends embark on a hiking trip into the woods. During the trip, the stresses and strains challenging their bond are slowly revealed. Suddenly, their world is turned upside down as the men discover the planet is in the midst of an alien invasion. Featuring Sterling K. Brown star of the hit television series This Is Us!
In feudal Japan, an exiled samurai returns home only to discover his birthplace has been cursed, and is now overrun by the walking dead.
An IT professional battling a computer virus attacking his firm soon realizes its origins stem from dark occult rites and an infernal conspiracy.
After accompanying her boyfriend to a money drop, a woman ends up being kidnapped and locked inside the trunk of a car. After freeing herself from the vehicle, she discovers the zombie apocalypse has begun. There is even more bad news - each time she attempts to escape, the day resets and she has to relive it all over again!
In 1943 during the height of World War II, a British soldier is captured by the Nazis and imprisoned in a covert underground bunker. Along with his fellow prisoner, a mysterious woman, the soldier is forced to participate in sadistic psychological experiments that have a sinister and unearthly purpose.
An inventor perfects a machine that allows him to see into the spirit world. He then embarks on an odyssey across the veil, encountering spirits both personal and dangerous.
This eerie and atmospheric short films follows in the tradition of iconic horror classics such as Rosemary’s Baby and The Haunting Of Hill House. A psychic woman reluctantly agrees to use her special gifts to help a priest confront and battle a malevolent supernatural being.
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