A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Creativity is a big theme here. But the overall theme is men being threatened by powerful women, and while the movie takes that scenario to its extreme, no real lessons are learned.
Positive Role Models
As a successful, smart author, Fanny is somewhat admirable, but she has her bad side, too, and her story doesn't come out well. On the whole, most of the behavior is less than admirable, and one character gets away with cheating/stealing.
Violence & Scariness
Man threatens a woman. Character (accidentally) stabbed with fireplace poker. Blood. Story about an accidentally poisoned dog. Other verbal horror stories.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Graphic spoken sexual references. Reference to women "baring breasts." Reference to a "miniscule erection."
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Strong language includes many uses of "f--k," "motherf----r," "s--t," "p---y," "bitch," "d--k," "pissing me off," "erection." Plus exclamatory uses of "God," "Jesus."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Adults snort cocaine, smoke CBD, and drink beer constantly. Reference to cigarette smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Scare Me is a dark comedy/horror movie about two writers telling scary stories during a power outage in a snowy cabin as fears and desires escalate. It wears out its welcome (and feels a bit show-offy) after a while, but it's mostly fun and clever. Much of the horror is spoken rather than shown, but it still gets pretty intense. A character is accidentally stabbed with a fireplace poker, and there's some blood. A man threatens a woman. Spoken stories include tales of various slayings and assorted spooky stuff, as well as some sexual references. Language includes many uses of "f--k," "s--t," "motherf----r," "bitch," and more. Adult characters drink beer throughout, and there are scenes of CBD smoking and cocaine snorting, as well as a reference to cigarette smoking. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
It goes on too long and ends up pretty much where you'd expect, but this playfully scary film is still great fun most of the time, with energetic comedic performances and clever sound and camerawork. Written and directed by Josh Ruben -- who also stars as Fred -- Scare Me feels like it must have originated as a series of improv games, with the wild, springy actors hurling lines and ideas like fastballs. Even in the movie's quiet moments, Ruben plays with horror movie cliches, such as hearing a noise in the basement, opening the door, taking one look, and closing it again without investigating. Cash's arrival ramps things up quite a bit; she's a smart, prickly delight.
But when Redd turns up with the pizza quite a ways into the movie, things start to feel a little too busy -- and a little like showing off. The movie wears out its welcome. Still. Ruben makes the spoken stories wonderfully visual, with shadows, sound effects (both studio-made and mouth-made), characters racing around the cabin, and rhythm-precise cutting, and these tricks go a long way into making things feel more dynamic. Moreover, Scare Me is brave enough to explore male-female power struggles -- specifically, the ways that men can feel threatened by more powerful women -- and to maneuver that into the movie's true terror.
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