Scare Me(2020)(Review)[Weirdo Wednesday]
Updated: Nov 10
If you’re looking for an original idea for a horror comedy, look no further. ‘Scare Me’ is a film unlike those that have come before it. In short, it’s about a wannabee horror writer (writer/director Josh Ruben playing ‘Fred’) who goes to a cabin in the woods to work on a new novel. He doesn’t have the most effective ideas, but he wants to give it his best effort. In a neighboring cabin is a successful horror writer (Aya Cash playing ‘Fanny’), who come across each other one day during a jog.
That night, a storm wipes out the power in the area, halting any progress either of them may have had. So Fanny decides to go to Fred’s cabin with the idea of going back and forth with telling each other stories entirely with the premise of ‘scare me!’
In short, this is the typical case of “2 actors in 1 room”, except with a few minor characters who have a time and place as well including a taxi driver and a pizza guy. But while this has the setup of a typical anthology film, this one is completely different. Instead, we don’t pan out, we don’t flashback, we simply watch as the two go back and forth with stories – with nothing more going on besides sound effects and music. The sound design allows this film to really shine in the humor and the creativity, and it really pays off.
It’s an honestly brilliant film that plays out in such a simple way that it’s hard to not go “why didn’t I think of that?” I had a lot of fun with it. Due to its playing style, it’s a film that I was able to listen to while at work since there isn’t a whole bunch to watch besides the animation of their faces as they really get into the storytelling. It plays out almost like an audiobook, but with two excited characters.
‘Scare Me’ is available for streaming exclusively on Shudder.
‘Til Next Time, Mike Cleopatra