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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.

Plot:

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.

Aya Cash and Josh Ruben in Scare Me. Image by Brendan Banks

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]:

” …the film itself feels like a long-form improv game. This is mostly a good thing, as the film has an incredible energy to it, but when it is suddenly tasked with being a movie with a narrative, it stumbles a bit. Just a bit. Small complaint, really, as what Scare Me is trying to say is compelling and handled about as well as can be in this type of packaging…” Cinema Seventy-Six

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

Josh Ruben in movie film Scare Me by Josh Ruben

“Ruben 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

“At 104 minutes, Scare Me runs long and starts to feel it. The twist at the end is neat but doesn’t seem worth the wait. Ruben really needed to trim some of the slower moments out or make the characters less grating […] I found the basic idea and much of the execution of the stories enjoyable and impressive. But the botched attempt at support for #MeToo and dead spots in the narrative hurt.” Voices from the Balcony

Release:

Scare Me premiered at the 2020 Sundance film Festival and streamed on Shudder from October 1st 2020.

Cast and characters:

Aya Cash … Fanny
Rebecca Drysdale … Bettina
Chris Redd … Carlo
Josh Ruben … Fred
Lauren Sick … Meredith / Bookstore Owner

Filming locations:

Bearsville, near Woodstock, New York

Technical details:

104 minutes

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