SCARE US (2021) Review of serial killer horror anthology

 

‘A horror anthology’

Scare Us is a 2021 American anthology horror film about a group of writers sharing scary stories while also the target of a serial killer.

Directed by:
Carl Jensen IV … (Co-Director of “Dead Ringer”)
Ryan Henry Johnston … (Head Director, Co-Director of “Night Haul”)
Ryan Kjolberg … (Director of “Untethered”)
Charlotte Lilt … (Co-Director of “Night Haul”)
Tom J. McCoy … (Director of “The Resting”)
Jordan Pillar … (Co-Director of “Dead Ringer”)

The Falling Flame Pictures production stars Tom Sandoval, Charlotte Lilt, Michelle Palermo, Michael C. Alvarez, Ethan Drew, Jason Wiechert, Desiree Srinivas and William Kenny.

Plot:

“A chilling horror anthology comprising five short stories, penned by an unlikely group of aspiring writers, in Sugarton – a small town plagued by the apparent return of an infamous serial killer, dubbed “Cutthroat.” They’ve come to share their scary stories (with each other and the bookstore owner, Peter, who leads the group), but soon discover they’ve become the stars of a sick killer’s own twisted tale.”

Reviews [click links to read more]:

” …it’s a pity it has such a low profile because it’s a solid anthology […] The five segments range from good to excellent and cover a range of stories and styles. All except for the wraparound involve elements of the occult or supernatural and feature some excellent effects, both in terms of gore and creature work.” Voices from the Balcony

Release date:

Scare Us opened in the US on May 21, 2021, via Laemmle Virtual Cinema and streaming on Roku.

Cast and characters:

Tom Sandoval … Peter Metus
Charlotte Lilt … Claire / Anne / Little Girl Voice
Michelle Palermo … Naomi / Cameron
Michael C. Alvarez … Diego / Will
Ethan Drew … Mikey / Daniel
Jason Wiechert … David / Adam
Desiree Srinivas … Jasmine
William Kenny … Kyle
Richard Lippert … Priest / The Count
Eric Hula … Security Guard
Jose Rosete … Hal
J. Roppolo Jacobs … Faith (as Jillian Roppolo)
Kelcie Weber … Sarah
Brad Grubenhoff … Russell
Shellie Ulrich … Mary-Lynn
Jennifer Jones Nesbit … Helen / Judith
Maria Amorocho … Esther

Trailer:

MOVIES and MANIA comment and rating:

Despite its uninspiring poster and an inexplicable lack of publicity (limited “exclusive” coverage on just the Fangoria and Rue Morgue simply won’t get the message out), Scare Us is a superior horror anthology with strong tales that are well-filmed, darkly vicious, twisted and, above all, disturbing. To say anything more spoils the reveals as they unfold. The wraparound in a musty bookstore is a great setting. Recommended.