Scare Me is a 2020 American comedy horror feature film about two friends that tell each other scary stories in a cabin in the woods.
Written and directed by Josh Ruben, the Artists First-Irony Point-Last Rodeo Studios production stars Josh Ruben, Aya Cash, Chris Redd, Rebecca Drysdale and Lauren Sick.
Fred (Josh Ruben), a frustrated copywriter, checks into a Catskills winter cabin to start his first novel. While jogging in the nearby woods, he meets Fanny (Aya Cash), a successful and smug young horror author who fuels his insecurities. During a power outage, Fanny challenges Fred to tell a scary story.
As a storm sets in, they pass the time spinning spooky tales fueled by the tensions between them, and Fred is forced to confront his ultimate fear: Fanny is the better storyteller. The stakes are raised when they’re visited by a horror fan (Chris Redd) who delivers levity (and a pizza) to the proceedings…
Reviews [click links to read more]:
“Scare Me is an absolute delight and a real gift for both horror fans as well as those of us who can’t get enough of hearing a “good story.” In a day and age where it feels like so much of our communication with the world at large happens through technology, Scare Me serves as a great reminder that nothing beats the age-old tradition of sharing a memorable yarn (or two) with others.” Daily Dead
“The parts are all there, but the story is all too repetitive and perhaps would have fared better as a short or a kids’ feature.” Film Snob Reviews
” …it is cool to see how Ruben and Aya Cash stand and delivery as Fred and Fanny. They take on numerous characters and monsters like they could be Second City’s horror auxiliary. Of course, like any anthology, some stories are better than others and the overall concept runs out of gas before the final punchline kicks in.” J.B. Spins
“Rubin uses his limited budget in the cleverest of ways, leaving most of the terror up to the audience’s imagination. The film is lit by flickering candles and firelight, and the mood is set with menacing camera angles and a sparse soundtrack. It’s a fun concept and it’s well-directed, but there’s just not enough substance to make it suitable as a feature-length film.” Screen Zealots
Scare Me premiered at the 2020 Sundance film Festival and will stream on Shudder on October 1, 2020.
Cast and characters:
Aya Cash … Fanny
Rebecca Drysdale … Bettina
Chris Redd … Carlo
Josh Ruben … Fred
Lauren Sick … Meredith / Bookstore Owner