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.
Starring: Aya Cash, Josh Ruben, Rebecca Drysdale, and Chris Redd
Directed and written by: Josh Ruben
“Scare Me,” something many horror fans want when they turn on a film. This story starts with Fred (Josh Ruben) in a rideshare, and arriving at a cabin. After a couple of strange moments while settling in, he goes for a walk the next morning. It's there that he runs into Fanny (Aya Cash). It isn’t long before both find out that they have writing and horror in common. That is, Fanny has written an extremely popular zombie book, and Fred is struggling to put together a story.
Night falls, the power goes out, and Fanny decides to go over to Fred’s cabin. The two learn a little more about each other before the fun begins. Fanny suggests they play a game of Scare Me. They’re supposed to tell each other stories in hopes of scaring the other person. Obviously Fanny has the advantage here, and does her best to get Fred into the game. From here on out they exchange stories in their own unique way.
Fred and Fanny are an awkward pair, and this makes the beginning a little weird. However once Fred gets into his first story it gets interesting. He’s a little slow to put together his werewolf tale, and Fanny kind of eggs him on. What helps get through the story is the added sound effects here and there, and even shot of a werewolf claw. Fanny tells a story focused on a grandpa and little girl. She clearly tells it with more confidence, and is helped by the thunder and lightning outside.
While some movies might have used this as an opportunity to actually show these stories as short films, this one stays focused on the storytellers. It’s turns out to be more about telling the story than the actual stories themselves. Fred’s story sets the base, then Fanny tops it. However, this might lead some to wonder how they can keep this up. Well they bring in a third storyteller, Carlo, who delivers a pizza to them. The pair have a little humor going between them, but Carlo helps up the game. He also helps create another version of their storytelling, and that is a story through a musical number.
Now all of this storytelling might not be for everyone. Some might have enjoyed seeing the stories played out, but lets give some credit for taking this movie in another direction. It certainly puts a burden on Aya, and Josh to not only deliver lines, but really get into the physically part of their roles as well. They are playing Fanny and Fred, and then playing characters in the stories they are telling. The final act, or story puts a good punctation on the film, and the audience is going to have to wait for one more humorous moment after the credits role. No I wasn’t scared, but that’s alright! I still give “Scare Me” 3 pools of blood!
More info about this film at: http://promotehorror.com/2020/10/01/scare-me-now-playing-on-shudder/