“Eye of the Beholder” by Crypt TV
With its unique blend of static animation and spine-chilling voiceovers, “Eye of the Beholder” is a twisted ride from beginning and end. Reminiscent of Oculus, the short film turned movie, the story preys are our innate fear of mirrors, ratcheting up the terror to the tenth degree. If you’re a dog lover, you may want to skip the end.
“Teeth” by Alter
“Teeth” dives headfirst into delightfully disturbing content, a bloodied bosom through the jaws of a toddler — weird right? In fact, we often view this world through the protagonist’s mouth. Featuring a masterfully written script, accompanied by superb narrations, “Teeth” is an enjoyable, albeit strange and unnerving, experience.
“Who’s Hungry” by storkeater
I’m not one to be easily frightened, but “Who’s Hungry” left me sleeping with one eye open for several nights. Just like the first half of “Wall-e”, the characters in this film remain stoically silent, but that lack of conversation only heightens the tension. Think of “Who’s Hungry” as a modern-day, exceedingly violent, Hansel and Gretel. Trust me when I say this, you’ll never look at ice cream trucks the same way again.
“Other Lilly” by David Romero
This won’t be the first time David Romero appears on this list, and with good reason, he’s great at what he does — scary the ever-living shit out of people. “Other Lilly” follows a doomed babysitter watching over a young girl, whose arcs parallel each other to the bitter end. Filled with nail-biting moments and unexpected frights, I recommend you watch this one with the lights on.
“Waiting” by Emlyn Boyle
“Waiting” is a lovecraftian inspired story where nothing is as it seems, and that’s as much as I’ll say. Watch it until the end, but make sure you don’t spoil it for the next person!
Deformed Gecko by nariomarudarkside
Created by nariomarudarkside, a stop motion animation based in Japan, Deformed Gecko is a folk-tale inspired masterclass in horror and claymation. Broken into 5-small segments, littered with grotesque imagery, this video is not for the faint of heart. You WILL have nightmares, but, it’s 100% worth it.
Behind Closed Doors by Button Studios
“There’s no such thing as monsters”
Behind Closed Doors makes us ponder the true nature of horror, weaving these deeper questions it into a frightful tale of a broken family led by a dictatorial, scumbag of a husband. By the end of this short, you’ll be wondering who the real monsters are.
FOXED! By James Stewart
We return to the world of claymation for “FOXED!”, a short that gives us a horrifying view from the other side of the looking glass. Doppelgängers abound, you may find yourself suspiciously eyeing those around you by the time you finish viewing. The video also answers one very important question, “what does the fox say?”
Midnight Snack by David Romero
David Romero reappears on our list with “Midnight Snack”. A homeless man flees a frigid snowstorm, seeking shelter in an abandoned building — a refuge much more dangerous than it would first appear. Romero’s stylized vision and fantastic creature design manifest into a remarkably spine-tingling animated short, one assured to keep you up late into the night.
The Blackwater Gospel by Bo Mathorne
Backwater Gospel is as powerful as it is terrifying, a perfect blend of irreverent humor, gore, and poignant societal critiques. Without a shadow of a doubt, Backwater Gospel has rightfully earned its spot on our list as the best horror animation on YouTube, no matter how subjective that title is.