Boo, a new short horror film currently making its way across the country on the winding path of the film festival circuit, is racking up awards right, left, and center and for very good reason.
Written, directed, and starring Rakefet Abergel, the film tells the story of Devi, a young woman who is a recovering addict who finds herself in an impossible situation late one night when she’s confronted by a drunk in a parking lot after an AA meeting.
The film moves forward and backward in time as Devi’s boyfriend Jared (Josh Kelly, Midnight, Texas) arrives to pick her up only to discover her inconsolable and covered in blood. She desperately tries to pull herself together while Jared peppers her with questions about what has happened.
On the surface, this can be read as a simple horror film with a tried and true premise, but much like Abergel’s last short film Jax in Love, it’s what is going on under the surface that is most interesting about Boo.
Abergel, like Stephen King did with The Shining, manages to tell a story about addiction and its repercussions, not only for the addict but also for those around them. When Devi goes “off the wagon” even though she’s seemingly forced into it, she and everyone around her pays the price.
“Who pays more” is one of those questions you’ll ponder long after the credits roll.
Abergel and Kelly give excellent performances in the film as does Michael Villar (Carnage Park) in the role of Devi’s attacker. In fact, Boo boasts an abundance of talent including Parisa Fitz-Henley (Midnight, Texas), Laura Slade Wiggins (Shameless) and Brigitte Graham (Misfire).
This was Abergel’s first time directing a film like this, and while some moments on screen could have been tightened up just a little, it’s an overall impressive debut that will most definitely have us watching what she does next.
It would be remiss not to also spotlight Alex U. Griffin (Amaterasu), Abergel’s cinematographer. He did an excellent job of capturing little moments and infusing them with a grit that makes the world of Boo seem all the more real and thus more dangerous.
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