You don't need two hours to tell an effective story. As these short films show, you can craft a horror movie as scary, gory, fun and freaky as any feature-length flick on the big screen in less than a third of the time. Some on this list are early works from now-famous filmmakers, others come from never-famous filmmakers, but all of them are great for at least this three- to 30-minute time frame of storytelling. And all are available free online! Note: As a general rule, these videos should be considered NSFW.
La Cabina (The Phone Box) (1972)
Running Time: 35 minutes
Synopsis: A businessman discovers the disturbing secret behind a mysterious new phone booth after becoming trapped inside.
The Cat with Hands (2001)
Running Time: 4 minutes
Synopsis: This Tim Burton-esque mix of live action and stop-motion animation relates the legend of a cat with, well, human hands.
The Descendent (2006)
Running Time: 16 minutes
Synopsis: A pair of hitmen bite off more than they can chew when they attempt to knock off their latest target.
Running Time: 7 minutes
Synopsis: Like a gore-strewn Pixar monster movie, this computer-generated offering features a hamburger with a taste for human flesh.
The Hidden People (2008)
Running Time: 3 minutes
Synopsis: This short takes an animated approach to the standard "cabin in the woods" horror movie scenario.
The Horribly Slow Murderer with the Extremely Inefficient Weapon (2008)
Running Time: 10 minutes
Synopsis: In this horror spoof, a poor man is tormented by a supernatural being with an unusual weapon of choice.
The Insane (2006)
Running Time: 12 minutes
Synopsis: A police detective seeks violent revenge against the cult of maniacs who killed his pregnant wife.