In a world where visual story telling reigns supreme, the campfire story remains a pure art form. On dark and spooky nights, people gather around for horrid tales that come to life from the lips of a teller to the ears of the frightened. The voices, the suggestions of scares, and visual facial cues are all one has to mine for frights. These are the things Josh Ruben exploited for his twist on the horror film, Scare Me.
Scare Me isn’t your average ‘cabin in the woods’ horror flick, in fact, that backdrop doesn’t even come close to dancing with that genre’s tropes. This one is about the freaky stories swapped by Fanny (Aya Cash), a successful horror author, and Fred (Josh Ruben) an aspiring one. Fred’s a bit of a phony with an out of reach dream. To feel like a real writer, he books himself a stay in a remote cabin so he can work on his horror story. On a run, he meets Fanny, a horror author with the glow of success, and he immediately wants to befriend her as a response to his envy. After a winter storm kills the power in their cabins, Fanny moseys over to Fred’s and suggests the two swap scary stories.
Ruben’s horror comedy maroons you to one location but showcases how titan level writing, acting and directing refuse to be bound by cabin walls. The frightening collection of tales is just spooky enough and will have any horror fan smiling the entire runtime.
After submitting her Bachelor's thesis, “The Metaphysics of Schwarzenegger Movies,” Lindsay decided to focus on writing about her passions; sci-fi, horror, sports, and comic books. She covers movies and games for CGMagazine and you can follow her work on Twitter @smashtraves.