How do you relax after a hard day playing Street Fighter Unknown’s Fortnightly RocketCraft? A spot of meditation? A tumbler of gin?
Nonsense. The correct way to unwind after winning Michael Winner’s Christmas Dinner is to sit down with a deeply unsettling short horror film. Luckily for you, we’ve picked out six special horror shorts; special because, for the most part, they don’t rely on jump scares to chill you to the bone. Are you sitting uncomfortably? Then we’ll begin.
The Ten Steps
Length: 10 minutes
The Ten Steps is a superbly chilling Irish short that, by leaving things to your imagination, will make you afraid to ever go in your cellar again. Especially if there wasn’t a cellar there when you moved in.
Length: 8 minutes
A man struggles to escape from a mysterious room, with no inkling of what may lay beyond the chained doors. While the short shows more than The Ten Steps, it still offers more than mere jumpscares.
Length: 10 minutes
A cautionary tale about buying Fondant Fancies over the internet, this Lovecraftian short will have you steering clear of confectionery for a good couple of weeks. We still would have called it At the Mountains of Reefer Madness though.
Every 90’s Commercial Ever
Length: 2 minutes
What begins as an affection parody of 90s commercials (complete with fuzzy VHS filter) suddenly becomes a very different, very bloody animal.
The Baby Monitor
Length: 9 minutes
Despite its teasing title, this dark tale doesn’t go in the direction you expect it to. The climactic gut-punch will stick with you long after the short’s ended.
Length: 11 minutes.
And finally, something a little more sedate but no less chilling. A down-on-his-luck singer meets a an appreciative fan who has more than a little history itself.
And there you have it, enough horror to scare the special edition Loot-Box-only socks off anyone within a five mile radius. Sweet dreams.