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  • J.B. Kish

Scare Me: Good Film, Better Stage Play

three characters tell a scary story
Just three buds telling a story

Scare Me is the kind of film that feels like it was born out of nothing. The production value is present, but it's hard to imagine that a film like this needed, or even really wanted, much budget. With only four characters, something like five locations, and almost no special or practical effects, Scare Me feels like it would be just as comfortable on an off-Broadway stage as it is on Shudder.

During a power outage, two strangers tell scary stories. The more Fred and Fanny commit to their tales, the more the stories come to life in their Catskills cabin. The horrors of reality manifest when Fred confronts his ultimate fear. -IMDB

Let's talk pace:

Because of the film‘s structure, the pace is—*inhale*—slooooow. At least at first. By the time you reach the second “story,” you’re gonna start thinking to yourself, Oh. Huh. So this really is just a film where they tell scary stories out loud. Thankfully, the film does catch its rhythm if you're willing to hang in there.

What worked:

Honestly, I liked this film. The acting was especially good. Aya Cash and Josh Ruben’s elastic facial expressions take center stage, and the "imagined" sound effects help drive home the storytelling. Additionally, the concept, in general, is pretty refreshing. If there is anyone who will enjoy this film, it’s unpublished horror authors that struggle with the existential dread of possibly never achieving their goals.

*blink, blink, blink*

What worked less:

Chris Redd’s character, Carlo, should have hit the screen a whole 20 minutes earlier than he did. Not only is his character hysterical and so well-executed, but he injects some much-needed pace that the first act desperately needs.

But is it gonna spook yah?

Possibly. There are definitely moments that verge on scary, though comedy takes the front seat throughout.

Rating: 3.5 Chestbursters


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