Big scares, small package.

In the mood for a quick scare? Luckily for you, short horror films are having a sort of renaissance right now, and a lot are available online. Of course, most of them are not so great, so I’ve done some sifting for you. Here’s a list of the best shorts I’ve found.

1. Cargo, directed by Ben Howling and Yolanda Ramke, is an interesting twist on the zombie genre. Relying on our cultural knowledge of zombie apocalypses, it wastes no time on exposition and goes straight to story. Every second here counts.

Stranded in the midst of a zombie apocalypse, a man sets in motion an unlikely plan to protect the precious cargo he carries: his infant daughter.

2. Killer Kart is a horror-comedy short from 2012 by director James Feeney. It’s been winning a ton of awards in the horror festival circuit through 2014.

A spoof of B-horror movies, it’s about a mistreated shopping cart that “snaps” and goes on a killing spree. Played straight, the acting and dialogue are intentionally silly. It’s not at all scary though, so if that’s what you’re in the mood for, this might not be for you.

The shopping cart. Four wheels, one basket, and tonight, for the closing crew of a small-town grocery store, a blood-splattered aluminum nightmare.

3. A naked man dumps a body in a basement. Then things start to get interesting.

El Ciclo is a 2003 by Spanish director Víctor García, and it’s probably the most unique horror short I’ve seen.

El Ciclo from Bernat Bosch, Cinematographer on Vimeo.

A naked, blood-soaked man throws a corpse into a dimly lit basement. The cadaver lands against another body.

4. Directed by Americo Siller and Tyler Mager and released in 2013, Witch combines the fairy-tale witch with suburban horror to great effect. The editing is particularly impressive. It’s also oddly romantic, in a really dark way.

During a public break up, a troubled couple helps a mysterious woman into her home where things are not quite what they appear to be.

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