Welcome to Suburban Nightmares

A unique film festival & live-action event

The Festival

A Distinctive Film Festival

Not only do we screen some of the best horror short films, we also have a team of professional haunt actors who's performances will keep our audience on their toes.

A Truly Unique Venue

Our festival takes place in the beautiful chapel of Fairhaven Memorial Services mortuary. Horror films in a mortuary, does it get any better than this?

An Eclectic Lineup

A diverse collection of award winning short films that explore a wide range of horror themes. You may scream, you may  laugh and you may cry but you will definitely have a great time.

2018 Films


A pair of home invaders consider their potential character choices just prior to their planned invasion.


Jason Kupfer

Invaders Film

Teddy Bears are for Lovers

A short horror comedy following a 20-something Casanova who becomes haunted by the teddy bears he gave to his ex-girlfriends.


 Almog Avidan Antonir

Teddy Bears Film


After witnessing the brutal slaying of her family at the hands of a mysterious killer, a young girl must try to survive before the cold-blooded killer finds her.


Antonio Perez

Luna film

Dead Hearts

A young mortician learns that not even death can stand in the way of true love. A whimsical, gothic bedtime story filled with love, loss, taxidermy, Kung Fu, and biker werewolves.


Stephen Martin

Dead Hearts film

Peek A Boo

Annie is babysitting a little girl who has an imaginary friend that you can only see if you play the game.


Anthony Cousins

Shock Treatment Productions

Two Birds

Loyalty is put to the test when two friends  try to bury the truth after a date goes horribly wrong.


Jared Belt

Jared Belt Films

20 Hz

Human hearing is capable of detecting sound waves between 20 and 20.000 Hz. … merely a small fraction of the frequency spectrum. Most sounds around us go unnoticed.


Chris Keller

20 Hz film


An overlooked associate struggles to complete a corporate presentation as a horrific secret gnaws at her conscience.


Kevin Sluder

Heartless film

The Quiet Room

When Michael attempts suicide and doesn't leave a note, he inadvertently awakens Hattie, a demon that haunts the hospital. Now he must find a way to stop her rampage before she kills everyone he connects with.


Sam Wineman

The Quiet Room film

Event Information

Suburban Nightmares Annual Horror Shorts Film Festival

Thank you for making the 2018 festival a success!!

See you in 2019!

Fairhaven Memorial Services

27856 Center Drive, Mission Viejo, California 92692, United States

This event is intended for a mature audience.

About SNFF

Rooted in Charity

The Suburban Nightmares Film Festival was created in cooperation with Tyler and Grant Voss, the founders of the Mission Viejo Film Festival. 

Proceeds from SNFF will go to support the MVFF which showcases aspiring filmmakers as well as support City of Hope’s Pediatric Center for Cancer Research and Treatment.

Not Just Great Films

The goal of the Suburban Nightmares Film Festival is to not only bring some of the best made horror short films to South Orange County, but also to create an interactive experience for our guests.

Not all of the characters at this festival are on the screen...

Guests will encounter members of Decayed Brigade who have been featured at top haunted attractions including Scare L.A., Midsummer Scream and Knott's Scary Farm.


A "Nightmare" Come True

This festival is a dream come true for the creators who have been wanting to bring horror films to South OC for a very long time. We know there are others out there that love the genre as much as we do and we can't wait to share.  So, if you like  your horror served short, unique and well done, come join us and make this the first of many successful Suburban Nightmares Film Festivals!

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