Let’s Scare Julie / Jud Cremata

  • Country and year: USA 2019
  • Rating: 16
  • Duration: 83 min.
  • Director and writer: Jud Cremata
  • Producer(s): Eryl Cochran, Jud Cremata, Nick Sarkisov, Marc Wolloff
  • Cinematographer: Chuck Ozeas
  • Music: Katisse Buckingham, Thai Long Ly
  • Cast: Troy Leigh-Anne Johnson, Isabel May, Odessa A’zion, Brooke Sorenson, Jessica Sarah Flaum
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: None
  • Format: DCP

Let’s Scare Julie impresses from beginning to end, opening with a striking Saul Bass-style credits sequence and moving straight into a taut 80-minute story of vengeance and terror. Shot in a single continuous take, the film stars Troy Leigh-Anne Johnson as Emma, a teenager who moves in with her aunt and uncle after her father’s death. Emma’s cousin Taylor (Isabel May) invites her friends over to meet Emma, and the girls spend the night playing pranks that eventually turn deadly when they decide to scare Julie, the girl who just moved into the haunted house across the street. — The tight camerawork and lean runtime make the scares especially effective, with the continuous take lending the story a visceral intimacy. The strong performances give the characters depth and memorable personalities, landing an emotional gut punch that feels truly earned.” – Jessica Scott / Nightmarish Conjurings


“The range of fear shown by the young but professional cast here is astonishing”
– Kim Newman / The Kim Newman Website

“This is a bold film which goes where others fear to tread, presenting teenage girls as they are rather than as most horror films like to imagine them, with all the urgency and cruelty and confusion and rough edges that involves.”
– Jennie Kermode / Eye for Film

“It is an extraordinary piece of acting from [Troy Leigh-Anne] Johnson, aided by some very technically assured mise-en-scène that carefully conceals its own art. Yet best of all, Let’s Scare Julie is not a mere gimmick film, and is in no way reducible to its fluid, insidious camerawork – but rather this is made to serve a genuinely unnerving story that freaks the viewer out as much as [its protagonist] Emma.”
– Anton Bitel / Projected Figures

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