‘Scare Me’ Interview: Director And Star Josh Ruben On The Inspiration Behind His Scary Story Comedy

Writer, director, and actor Josh Ruben absolutely knows what’s funny. After working at College Humor for years and eventually moving on to direct comedy segments for The Late Late Show With James Corden, Rubens has finally taken what he’s good at and combined it with what he loves: Horror. Scare Me, a stripped away and cleverly written horror-comedy, is Ruben’s first feature and centers on two strangers trapped in a cabin and forced to tell scary stories to pass the time. As tensions rise between the two, something dark and primal awakens within one of them, threatening to ruin their good time.

I spoke with Ruben about his inspiration for the film and his early childhood memories growing up in the D.C. area.

You can watch Scare Me on Shudder now.

A D.C area native, Cortland has been interested in media since birth. Taking film classes in high school and watching the classics with family instilled a love of film in Cortland’s formative years. Before graduating with a degree in English and minoring in Film Study from Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania, Cortland ran the college’s radio station, where she frequently reviewed films on air. She then wrote for another D.C area publication before landing at Punch Drunk Critics. Aside from writing and interviewing, she enjoys podcasts, knitting, and talking about representation in media.