Review: ‘Scare Me’ is more hilarious than scary, but it has a sting too

Scare Me

I can’t do religious or mental horror. For whatever reason, I get no enjoyment at all from jump-scares, or possessions, or demonic interactions. So when I say I love horror movies – and I really, really do – I definitely mean those films that have an extra action or comedy element. For instance, I can’t wait to find time for my The Thing double-bill (2011 then 1982, for that glorious dog crossover), but I also really want to find space for Sam Raimi’s wonderfully entertaining Drag Me To Hell before Halloween is over.

I always have a little bit of trepidation when starting an unseen horror film – will it strike the right balance for me? So when I began Shudder’s Scare Me, I was wondering how far the premise would stretch before the scares came in. As it turns out, I needn’t have worried; if anything, Scare Me is much more placed as a dark comedy, but it is one that is unafraid to show its love for horror when it truly counts. It’s also one of the best films you could choose to watch for Halloween.

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FXX – You’re the Worst.

Chris Geere & Aya Cash in episode one of FX's new comedy series You're The Worst.
Chris Geere & Aya Cash in episode one of FX’s new comedy series You’re The Worst.

In 2011 the FX network launched in Canada.  Finally we were brought amazing shows like Sons of Anarchy and Wilfred.  Sure, they broadcast a few seasons off because current season rights are with others like Super Channel.  And of course shows that started prior to 2011 that had deals with other networks (Justified, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia) aren’t on it.  But it was a start.

Which is fantastic because FX has had some of the most genius and underrated shows around.  Would any other network have a show about a stoner lawyer who almost kills himself in the pilot only to meet his neighbour’s dog.  That is a dog to everyone else, and a human in a dog costume (with an Australian accent) to him.  That show, if you haven’t seen it, is Wilfred.  It’s dark.  And a surreal masterpiece of comedy.

FX takes risks.  It lets shows go into deep dark places.  The collective of people who tell stories on FX are artists, a word seldom used when talking about television. Continue reading “FXX – You’re the Worst.”