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Horror shorts should obviously scare or at least unsettle you. Here are four more of the best short horror films from over the last few fifteen years.

The Last Time I Saw Richard by Nicholas Verso ('15) (Aus) (22m)

The Last Time I Saw Richard by Australian filmmaker Nichoals Verso mixes genres, but as it makes one's skin crawl, it must be considered a horror short film. The Last I Saw My Richard (no link to the Joni Mitchell song) is set in a mental hospital for teenagers in 1995, where a rebellious loner, Jonah, finds his dark dreams are shared by his new roommate, Richard. However, Richard's tormentors have followed him into the physical world and Jonah feels like only he can protect him, prompting a physical relationship.

The French Doors by Steve Ayson (2002) (New Zealand) (12m)15 Certificate

Written and directed by Steve Ayson, The French Doors is a short horror film with a simple idea at its core. A man is living alone in the New Zealand wilderness while renovating the new home for himself and his partner. He installs a set of secondhand French doors (French windows in the UK) but discovers something has gone wrong the next morning. I won't spoil it for you!

French Doors


15 CertificateSaw by James Wan (2003) (Australia) (9m)

A horror film from Australia starring Americans, Saw, wtitten by Leigh Whannell and directed by James Wan, is the short movie that spawned the somewhat ridiculous but extremely successful feature franchise. Whannel plays the lead character, David, who has suffered at the hands of the psychologically unhinged, wannabe puppteer. Whannell would basically revive the role in the first Saw feature film.

Alma by Rodrigo Blaas (2009) (US/Spain) (6m) *

Written and directed by Rodrigo Blaas, a Spanish animator who has worked on brilliant Pixar features such as Wall-E and Up, Alma is something close to an animation horror! Alma is an angelic little girl who is writing her name on a wall when she spies a doll in a shop window that looks exactly like her. She enters the empty shop. The doll keeps moving but Alma is determined to get her hands on it... Alma won the Best Animation award at the LA Shorts Fest.



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