10 Terrifying Short Films To Haunt You This Halloween!

October 24, 2023
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Amid spooky season, having our artists list the creepiest & mind-boggling animated short films that rattled them seems fitting.


Artist Rodrigo Sousa created this horrific trailer in the hopes of further developing this passion project into something bigger... safe to say that's most definitely going to happen.

Experimental 2D Animated Short by Rodrigo Sousa

The Cat With Hands

As brisk as a nursery rhyme, this twisted tale so deliciously Grimm. This ghoulish concept originated from a recurring nightmare the director’s sister used to have when she was young.

Stop-Motion Animated Short by Robert Morgan


Made in the Unity game engine, this ultra-realistic 3D animation explores a postnuclear Russian wasteland. Cosmic horror like this really makes you wonder what’s real.

Hyper Realistic CG Animated Short by Sava Zivkovic

The Backwater Gospel

As long as anyone can remember, the coming of The Undertaker has meant the coming of death. Until one day the grim reaper's promise fails and tension builds as the God fearing townsfolk of Backwater wait for someone to die!

CGI 3D Animated Short by The Animation Workshop

The Kid and the Camera

A young boy named Cailen with a broken camera is visited by a sleep fairy called the Cipsneed. But he's never heard of a sleep fairy, yet the fairy knows Calien. Enjoy!

3D Animated Short by Braiden Ortiz

Pleasant Inn

A deisolate Inn becomes a setting for survival against a nightmarish visitor.

2D Animated Short by David Romero

Crooked Rot

What started off as an experiment turned into disturbing display of what appears to be a stream of consciousness. This video is 100% stop-frame. There is no CGI, after effects or computer filters used to create any of the effects.

Stop-Motion Animated Film by David Firth


Very disturbing, not for children. Humorously creepy claymation horror that tells the story of a little boy who is a bit uncomfortable about using the toilet.

Claymation Short Film by Lee Hardcastle


This Spanish short film follows a young girl who ventures into a mysterious toy store and encounters something sinister.

3D Animated Short Film by Rodrigo Blaas


In this spine-chilling tale of the supernatural, Max's recently adopted rescue pup embarks on a thrilling journey in its new home, only to unravel a startling secret.

2D Animated Film by Joe Cappa

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