‘Scare Me’ Review: This Clever Horror Comedy Runs Out of Chills Too Soon

‘Scare Me’ Review: This Clever Horror Comedy Runs Out of Chills Too Soon
Josh Ruben has definitely seen “The Shining,” likely more than once, and probably took notes at least half of the time. Having boned up on his horror classics, the actor-turned-writer-director gleefully kills more than a few of those darlings in his clever feature debut, “Scare Me.” Bolstered by a creative storytelling set-up, Ruben and his very game co-star Aya Cash skewer horror tropes as well as cultural obsessions ranging from TV talent shows to the Bechdel Test.

The result is — perhaps too much. With a padded running time that clocks in at nearly 105 minutes, the film seems like the perfect pick for a snappy, scary 90-minute event. Initially imagining writer’s block and creative stultification as man’s greatest horrors (see: “The Shining”) before moving into a deeper exploration of the trauma of gender relations, “Scare Me” packs ambitious ideas inside a small-scale concept.

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