Scare Me follows two Airbnb neighbors who share scary stories on a stormy night.
Scare Me Review
If you have been following Sickle and Efrit for any amount of time you will know how much we love horror shorts and anthologies. A lot of anthologies are pretty standard in how they present their stories. Generally, there is an interlocking event. This story can sometimes be incoherent (V/H/S Viral) and sometimes it is even better than the anthology films (A Christmas Horror Story). The interlocking event can pull together an anthology or completely ruin it. But what happens when the interlocking event becomes the main focus of the anthology movie? In a weird way that is the premise for the new movie on Shudder, Scare Me.
Scare me follows a wannabe author Fred as he tries to follow his dream to become a writer by going to a cabin in the mountains. There he meets an already famous writer named Fanny, and once the power goes out they find solace by telling each other scary stories all night. But as the night goes on the stories get stranger and more real, until it becomes too hard to tell what is real and what is a story.
Scare Me isn't a true anthology film, as Fanny and Fred both are literally telling stories to each other but the stories are effectively all small-stage performed and improvised short films. The one thing a lot of anthologies do is show someone else work in the interlocking event. Since Scare Me is one large interlocking event, there is far less disconnect between the two and I think that makes the short stories far more entertaining.
Speaking of entertaining this shift back and forth between tension and humor with ease. Fanny is a very powerful female character and Fred is a dejected loser and they totally make it work. When they tell their tales the mood shifts from light-hearted to scary, but since they are two authors collaborating on stories, they break the story to make fun of each other or share suggestions. It is exactly what I imagine a horror writing feature to be like.
Honestly, it is very hard to come up with a legit criticism of this movie since it is just straight-up entertaining. But if you put a gun to my horn I would have to say the intro and end are totally disconnected. I generally dislike when movies cut to black, especially when I have about 100 questions. This movie should have cut to black and just opened with Fred arriving at the cabin. But instead they have this strange story about a lady who Fred hires as a driver and it is just kinda unnecessary.
Scare Me is free on Shudder right now so totally check it out if you are looking for something new and interesting.
Horror Rating System Horror Qualifier: 4/10 Horror Quality: 5/10
Film Quality 8/10