Happy Friday, everyone! As the end of this year’s Women in Horror Month is sadly nearly upon us, we have one more batch of amazing horror (and genre-adjacent) short films for you all to enjoy that were helmed by some great female filmmakers from all over the world. First up is Scratch from Emma Bell (who many fans should know from The Walking Dead and Frozen), and then we have Becca Flinn-White’s spookfest The Candlelight Witch on tap. Next up is Blackbird, which Screamfest recently added to their online short film channel, and to close things out, we have Špela Čadež’s animated short, Nighthawk, which has a darkly comedic streak to it that I really appreciated.

We hope you enjoy this latest assortment of genre shorts directed by some very talented women, and we’ll see you right back here next month for more mini-terrors!

Scratch (Directed by Emma Bell)

Synopsis: When a repressed 1950s housewife is left alone by her philandering husband, she makes a horrifying discovery about the noises in the house that are coming from the walls.

The Candlelight Witch (Directed by Becca Flinn-White)

Synopsis: To pass the time during a blackout, three siblings tell a scary story that proves to be more dangerous than legend.

Blackbird (Directed by Charlotte Stente Nielsen & Tim Fellingham)

Synopsis: Two souls cross paths in an isolated wilderness. RIDER, who is suffering from amnesia following a motorcycle crash. And ROSE, on the run. They both take shelter in an abandoned cottage, where they start to piece things back together.

Nighthawk (Directed by Špela Čadež)

Synopsis: Attempting to remove an unresponsive badger from a dark road, a police patrol soon realizes that the animal is not dead but rather dead drunk. Things take an even stranger turn when the creature wakes up.

Heather Wixson
About the Author - Heather Wixson

After falling in love with the horror genre at a very early age, Heather Wixson has spent the last decade carving out a name for herself in the genre world as a both a journalist and as a proponent of independent horror cinema. Wixson is currently the Managing Editor for, and was previously a featured writer at and where her online career began; she’s also been a contributor at FEARnet as well as a panelist for several of their online programs.

Wixson recently finished her first book, Monster Squad: Celebrating the Artists Behind Cinema's Most Memorable Creatures, and is currently working on her second upcoming book project on special effects artists as well.

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