Newest Reviews
Transformers: The Last Knight
Foreigner, The
Clones, The
Monster Hunt
Happy End
Ugly American, The
Ritual of Evil
Vigilante Diaries
Happy Death Day
You Can't Stop the Murders
Legend of the Mountain
Man: The Polluter
Wolf Warrior II
Journey to the Seventh Planet
Ghost Story, A
Lady in the Lake
Devil at Your Heels, The
Paddington 2
Two Jakes, The
Re: Born
Dracula Sucks
Perfect Weapon, The
Hollywood Babylon
True Legend
Die Laughing
Thor Ragnarok
Killing of a Sacred Deer, The
Newest Articles
Stop That, It's Silly: The Ends of Monty Python
They're All Messed Up: Night of the Living Dead vs Land of the Dead
The House, Black Magic and an Oily Maniac: 3 from 70s Weird Asia
80s Meet Cute: Something Wild vs Into the Night
Interview with The Unseen Director Gary Sinyor
Wrong Forgotten: Is Troll 2 Still a Thing?
Apocalypse 80s UK: Threads and When the Wind Blows
Movie Flop to Triumphant TV Revival: Twin Peaks and The League of Gentlemen
Driving Force: The Golden Age of American Car Chases
Madness in his Method: Jim Carrey and Andy Kaufman
  Boo Same Old Same OldBuy this film here.
Year: 2005
Director: Anthony C. Ferrante
Stars: Trish Coren, Josh Holt, Dig Wayne, Nicole Rayburn, Ghilon Ghai, Happy Mahaney, Rachel Melvin, M. Steven Felty, Dee Wallace, Michael Samluk, Terri Novak
Genre: Horror
Rating:  5 (from 1 vote)
Review: It's Halloween night in one American smalltown and Jessie (Trish Coren) is preparing by hollowing out a pumpkin to make a lantern. She is interrupted by the telephone, yet she's unsettled by the voice on the other end, hangs up and closes the door to the garden. The phone rings again and it turns out to be Jessie's friend, trying to persuade her to join a party, but she's reluctant. Then the doorbell rings and Jessie goes to answer it, not noticing that she is not entirely alone in the house, but handing out treats to the little girl who has appeared at the door in costume. When she returns to the kitchen, she is shocked to see the pumpkin now has a square of paper with the word "DIE" stuck to it and a masked figure grabs her from behind...

...but don't worry, this isn't Scream, so the opening is simply a jokey prologue to the night of supposed terror ahead and the masked figure is Freddy (Josh Holt), Jessie's prank playing boyfriend. The word "Boo" can have two meanings, here it's meant to raise comparisons with getting a fright, but it can also be the noise an audience makes when they're unimpressed with the entertainment they're watching. Scripted and directed by former horror movie critic Anthony C. Ferrante, the film is nothing if not derivative, and many rip-offs, sorry, homages lie within as the action moves to a large, lonely abandoned hospital.

If you think you've seen it all before in better movies, then you're missing the point, as Boo exists more as a tribute in the vein of those works Ferrante is a fan of than a straight compilation of highlights from elsewhere. In that hospital is Emmett (Happy Mahaney), who has been sent ahead by Freddy to turn on the power at the place and set up a few tricks to scare his friends. But oh dear, Emmett ends up being scared himself when various strange things start occuring, including a lift which only takes its passengers to the third floor, proving difficult later on for the characters wishing to go to the basement where the exit is.

One thing that can turn you off Boo is the noise - this is one of the loudest horror films of its era, all intended to unnerve but actually getting on the nerves with every bang, clatter, boom and scream. What a racket! It's a miracle nobody in the neighbourhood called the police when the mayhem kicked off. When Jessie, Freddy and two others break into the hospital, Jessie is keen to leave, but goes along with them so as not to be a wet blanket; of course, she's right to want to go as there is a supernatural presence there which means them all harm and to nobody's surprise they begin to be picked off one by one. To fill out the numbers, a brother looking for, and finding his sister, shows up along with an ex-blaxploitation movie star cop played by Dig Wayne of JoBoxers fame and so the night draws on. We have seen it all before, so originality is thin on the ground, but as a whole it speeds along at a fair pace and shouldn't exasperate those viewers in the mood for second hand chills. Music by Alan Howarth and Carey James.

[The extras-packed Region 2 DVD features a trailer, an audio commentary with the filmmakers (but not the actors) and some featurettes.]
Reviewer: Graeme Clark


This review has been viewed 4138 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

Review Comments (0)

Untitled 1

Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.

Latest Poll
Which film has the best theme song?
The Ups and Downs of a Handyman

Recent Visitors
Andrew Pragasam
Graeme Clark
Darren Jones
Enoch Sneed
Jason Cook
Paul Shrimpton
  Jony Clark
  The Elix


Last Updated: