Scary or Die

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Scary or Die
Scary or Die DVD Cover.jpg
Directed byBob Badway
Michael Emanuel
Igor Meglic
Produced byBob Badway
Michael Emanuel
Igor Meglic
Written byBob Badway
Michael Emanuel
StarringDomiziano Arcangeli
Corbin Bleu
Bill Oberst Jr.
Music byShawn K. Clement
Claude Foisy
Hanna Lim
Christopher Young
CinematographyBruce Douglas Johnson
Igor Meglic
James Lawrence Spencer
Byron Werner
Edited byMasayoshi Matsuda
Canal Street Films
Distributed byPhase 4 Films
Release date
  • May 1, 2012 (2012-05-01) (VOD)
Running time
94 minutes
CountryUnited States

Scary or Die is a 2012 American anthology horror film directed by Bob Badway, Michael Emanuel, and Igor Meglic.[1] The film was released on video on demand on May 1, 2012 and on DVD on September 11, 2012.[2] Initially titled Terror Bytes, the film's name was later changed to coincide with a horror website by the same name that Emanuel ran with his co-director Igor Meglic and two other filmmakers.[3]

The anthology stars Corbin Bleu and Bill Oberst Jr. and is composed of five interlocking stories set within the city of Los Angeles.


The Crossing[edit]

Buck (Bill Oberst Jr.) and his friends have made a pastime of trolling the Mexico-United States border in search of anyone they believe to be an illegal immigrant. Upon catching someone, the group murders them and buries the body in the hopes of sending out a personal message to anyone else that wants to enter. However what they couldn't predict is that their victims might rise from the grave to take their revenge.

TaeJung's Lament[edit]

A lonely widower finds himself unable to cope with the loss of his wife and begins to follow around various women that resemble her. On one such occasion he ends up becoming a witness to a woman's kidnapping. The man rescues her and in gratitude, the woman urges him to meet her one night. Unknown to him, the woman and her friends are all vampires who are being hunted by Van Helsing himself.


A dirty cop (Christopher Darga) has been asked to serve as a hitman for a man's murder, which he does. He dismembers the body and stows it in his trunk for later disposal, but is shocked when he begins to find evidence that his victim is somehow still alive.


When Emmett (Corbin Bleu), a wayward drug dealer, gets bitten by Fucko (Domiziano Arcangeli), a flesh-eating clown at a family member's birthday party, the last thing he expects is for that bite to begin a horrifying transformation. As his transformation proceeds, Emmett is horrified to find that he has a newly acquired taste for human flesh.

Lover Come Back[edit]

A woman returns from the grave in order to seek revenge on the cheating husband who caused her death. As she moves towards her final task, she begins to recollect their relationship and how everything went wrong.



Ain't It Cool News gave Scary or Die a positive review, stating that "Reminiscent of old school films like Creepshow with its practical effects and unflinchingly wicked tales, this is one indie film worth seeing by as many folks as possible."[4] Dread Central gave a more mixed review and remarked that while they enjoyed the segments Clowned and Re-Membered, they found most of the segments disappointing and could really only recommend it for Clowned.[5] criticized the film's segments, commenting that some would serve well as excellent student films but that "this is a commercial release, and the bar is higher."[6]


  1. ^ "Exclusive Early Details on Indie Anthology Terror Byte". Dread Central. Retrieved 2 April 2014.
  2. ^ Turek, Ryan. "Do NOT Mess With This Clown from the Horror Anthology Scary or Die". STYD. Retrieved 2 April 2014.
  3. ^ "This May it's Time to Get Scary or Die". Dread Central. Retrieved 2 April 2014.
  4. ^ "AICN HORROR looks at new horrors SCARY OR DIE! RAGE! AREA 407! OPERATION: NAZI ZOMBIES! PARANORMAL PARODY! Plus a look back at THE WIZARD OF GORE and THE GORE GORE GIRLS!". AICN. Retrieved 2 April 2014.
  5. ^ "Scary or Die (review)". Dread Central. Retrieved 2 April 2014.
  6. ^ Mars, Steve (2012-09-21). "Film Review: Scary or Die (2012)".

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