Screenshot from The Crown “Lights Out” is an award-winning short horror film on Youtube. and is perfect for the Halloween season.
Screenshot from The Crown
“Lights Out” is an award-winning short horror film on Youtube. and is perfect for the Halloween season.

 

As Halloween approaches many people are trying to fit in as many fun scares and thrills as they can manage. Unfortunately, it’s not always cheap or easy to find films or attractions that can really get you into the haunting spirit of the season.

What’s there to do when you can’t make the time to go to a haunted house, don’t want to spend money to buy a potentially sub-par horror film and have exhausted your list of “must watch” horror films on Netflix?

Luckily, YouTube has some short hidden gems that are sure to give you chills that are free of charge as long as you have a computer and internet access.

Also be warned, a lot of these videos may contain shocking or gory images that aren’t for the faint of heart or the squeamish.

So, grab your favorite pumpkin flavored item, pop your headphones in, dim the lights and settle in for a night of terror.

 

  1. “Fear Inc.”

 

A horror-loving couple gets a little more than they ask for when they turn on the television only to see a breaking news report of a crime committed at their home with them as the victims.

This short has a runtime of 3 minutes and 20 seconds, but it’s sure to get your heart racing and warm you up for some of the more severe scares on the way.

It was uploaded as part of the 2013 “Who’s There?” film challenge, which is also a great way to start poking around for more scary clips if you can’t get enough. It’s easily one of the tamest on this list and will remind you to be careful what you wish for.

 

  1. “Fear Clinic” Mini-Series

 

Everyone has a phobia, and some go to the extent of isolating themselves from the normality of everyday life because of them. When that happens, they’re sent to Dr. Andover, a psychologist who focuses on curing the fears of others using a virtual reality pod. But… what if the pod made those fears a reality?

For some, this series might not seem too scary, but it’s sure to make your skin crawl if you’re even remotely afraid of one of the five basic fears addressed — hydrophobia, scotophobia, entomophobia and arachnophobia, mysophobia and claustrophobia.

 

  1. “La Llorona”

 

BlackboxTV and JoeNationTV collaborated to bring a modern twist inspired by the creepy Mexican urban legend of La Llorona.

There are many different versions of the story, but the most basic states that a vain woman drowned her two children and herself after her dashing husband left her for another woman.

Some believe that if children wander around bodies of water at night or don’t come home in time, La Llorona will snatch them up and take them away from their family forever.

This short has a runtime of 7 minutes and 14 seconds, and will leave you with a pit in your stomach that won’t be easy to get rid of.

 

  1. “Bongcheong-Dong Ghost” Web Comic

 

I’m going to break the rules here and deviate away from the short films, but the scares you’ll get from this short web comic will make you see why I decided to add it to this list. If you don’t believe me, then perhaps you’ll believe a website warning that states pregnant women, the elderly, and those with serious medical conditions SHOULD NOT read it due to its content.

It can easily be found through a simple Google search or through comic.navier.com.

If you find that you can’t bring yourself to scroll down and read it in its entirety, there are plenty of reaction videos to watch and many Youtube personalities have done their own read-throughs of it.

 

  1. “Lights Out”

 

What if you were home and discover that a ghostly figure appears every time you turned your light off?

Though the idea might seem simple enough, it didn’t stop this chillingly good short film from taking the internet by storm in 2013.

Director and writer David Sandberg won an award for “Best Director” for it, as well as an award for “Best Short” from FANT Bilbao Film Festival.

It has a runtime of 2 minutes and 41 seconds and will guarantee to bring back the terrifying feeling you got as a child when you had to turn off the lights and race up the stairs to safety.