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‘Boo’ (2019) Movie Review: Delightfully Twisted and Unexpected

I briefly met Rakefet Abergel (Jax in Love, Superbad, Just Go With It, iCarly, New Girl) at the 2018 Women in Horror Film Festival. She is a jack of all trades in this business and as soon as I saw the poster for her new film Boo, I was hooked. It’s been receiving a lot of love at festivals and I was happy to finally check it out!

As a follow up to Jax in Love, Boo is Rakefet Abergel’s second film as writer and producer. It is her directorial debut. Rakefet also stars in the film alongside series regulars from NBC’s Midnight, Texas, Josh Kelly and Parisa Fitz-Henley, and Showtime’s Shameless, Laura Slade Wiggins. Also Michael Villar from the Oscar winning Live Action Short film, Skin.

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Synopsis for Boo

Over the course of one rough night, Devi, seven years sober, must make a difficult choice between who she loves and what she loves.

The more work I see from Rakefet, the more I become a fan. She slayed it with her directorial debut with Boo and has prove there is nothing she can’t do. This is such a fun, creative, and incredibly twisted story with great performances by all parties.

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It stars out pretty innocent. Some girls going to support meetings, talking about how long they’ve been sober, their challenges, their triggers. Boo has been struggling extra hard lately though and when she runs into an unexpected visitor in the parking lot, temptations run high, and chaos immenses.

Rakefet gives a brilliant and emotionally driven performance as Boo. You can tell she doesn’t want to be the person she was 7 years ago, but when put in an awful circumstance she breaks her sobriety and is reminded of good it tastes. Will she choose what she loves or who she loves? All of the other performances are great as well and it’s always a delight to see Josh Kelly, Parisa Fitz-Henley, Laura Slade Wiggins, and Michael Villar on screen.

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The ending was deliciously perfect and unexpected. The story took a turn for true madness and I loved the awesome special effects and makeup in the last scene. We definitely get to see a whole new side of Rakefet and her acting abilities. Along with this, the dark imagery and soundtrack really helped set the tone for story.

Final Thoughts

Boo is one of my favorite shorts this year. I loved everything about it and from what I can tell everyone else is enjoying it as well. I love that most of the cast is female-driven, I love the story and it’s deliciously twisted ending. If you want to check it out for yourself, it has several upcoming screenings at festivals including Nightmares Fuel Block – Scares That Care, Holly Shorts Festival, Hollywood Horrorfest, and much more!

About Tori Danielle

Tori has had a passion for Horror and music ever since she was a little girl. She got bit by the writing bug in high school where she was involved in both the school newspaper and the yearbook. While getting her Bachelors degree, she took Journalism and Creative Writing classes where her passion grew even stronger. Now, in between work and family, she spends all of her spare time indulging in music, Horror movies, and nerdy fandoms, all while running/assisting one of the biggest Horror groups on Facebook and writing for various websites.

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