Written & Directed By: Rakefet Abergel, Starring: Rakefet Abergel, Josh Kelly & Laura Wiggins.
Here at reelhorrorshow, we love a good horror, short. The ability to tell a solid yet chilling tale in under twenty minutes is a talent that you either have or you don’t.
As a writer, I have dabbled in short stories and it’s much harder than you’d think. To pack in everything you need to have a strong narrative, interesting character(s) and a decent twist, without feeling overstuffed is a tricky beast to be sure.
It was with that in mind (as is always the case with short films) that I sat down to watch Boo, written by, directed by and starring Rakefet Abergel (Jax In Love).
So is Boo a good short horror film? The answer to that would be no. It’s better than good. It’s fantastic. It’s dark, at times funny, and a fresh take on well-worn genre staples.
With a runtime of fifteen minutes, Boo moves at a pace that doesn’t at any point feel rushed, towards a killer, twist ending that I feel I should have guessed but didn’t.
I don’t want to give too much of the story away as most of Boo’s enjoyment comes from going in cold. All I will say is that it revolves around the aftermath of what appears to be an AA meeting and a subsequent attempted sex attack.
I briefly mentioned the twist ending. Not to dwell on it too much, but it really is quite clever. So clever in fact that I’m surprised it hasn’t been thought up before. There are plenty of clues to the twist throughout the film, disguised as throwaway lines. I’ll let you try and figure those out for yourself.
Boo is basically the story of a girl struggling with addiction. As anyone with an addiction of any sort will know, every day is a fight to overcome and not give in to our cravings, yet every man and his dog has an opinion on addicts and addiction. These opinions are often judgemental and seldom constructive or empathetic. Boo turns those preconceived notions of addiction on its head. Some people get clean for their own benefit. Some get clean for the benefit of others.
The performances all great. Especially that of Abergel as the principal character, Devi. She transitions from the comedic banter of the first third of the film, to panicked and traumatised thereafter, with brilliant, ease.
The direction and cinematography are superb and everything comes together to make Boo the perfect horror/comedy short to entertain us this spooky time of year.
Hit the link to watch Boo for yourself and feel free to let us know your thoughts in the comments, below: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_3I03XbMag&ab_channel=ALTER