"Boo" (Short Film) (2019) | Sam Gall Movie Review Issue #81 Gem Mint 10.0
Updated: Feb 18, 2021
Director: Rakefet Abergel
Writer: Rakafet Abergel & Tiffany Kiely
Starring: Rakefet Abergel, Josh Kelly, Parisa Fitz-Henley, Laura Wiggins, Michael Villar, Brigitte Graham, Lowam Eyasu
Rated: Not Rated
Genre: Short, Horror, Thriller
"A traumatic event forces a recovering addict to face her demons, without her worried fiancé uncovering the truth. Over the course of a rough night, Devi, 7 years sober, must make a difficult choice between who she loves and WHAT she loves."
"Boo" (2019) has screened at over 60 festivals, received over 75 nominations and 44 awards - "Boo" (2019) is on ALTER for the world to see!
You might like this if you like: horror movies, thriller movies, horror-comedy films, Rakefet Abergel('s work), Short Films, Indie Films, Female Directors/Writers, Josh Kelly, Parisa Fitz-Henley, Laura Wiggins, Michael Villar, Brigitte Graham, Lowam Eyasu
I was so honored that Rakefet Abergel had reached out to me asking if I could review her film! Not only that but she sent me a copy of her first film, "Jax in Love" (2017), which was brilliant. If you haven’t seen Jax check out that one on Amazon. You can also see my Gem Mint review of Jax here: https://www.samgallmoviereviews.com/post/jax-in-love-short-film-2017-sam-gall-movie-review-issue-80-gem-mint-10-0
“Boo” (2019) feels certainly more on the mystery, horror side with Rakefet's brilliant humor mixed in subtlety. We really get to see a side of her, at least for me, that we hadn’t got before. Having seen her reel, I thought then she had some range for sure, but “Boo” (2019) really completed the whole piece for me. As an actor and a filmmaker.
Josh Kelly in "Boo" (2019)
Her directing abilities were instinctual. Knowing when to show and when not to show something. Especially in the climatic scene in the car about halfway through the film.
Parisa Fitz-Henley in "Boo" (2019)
After seeing her first written and starred in film as well her famous episode of Showtime's “Shameless”, I noticed her continuous work with the lovely Laura Wiggins, and was excited alone at the fact that they were working together again! All I wanted was more! Whether they’re best friends in real life or not, their chemistry is growing on me.
Laura Wiggins in "Boo" (2019)
This one I really had no idea where it was going and took me on a new and exciting look into where Rakefet Abergel’s storytelling career could go! She surprises me in ways that I love whether it be with scares or laughs! I was left wanting more of what I don’t even know what to call!
Rakefet Abergel in "Boo" (2019)
Bravo to the whole team on “Boo” (2019)! Such an awesome project to have been on! You could tell they had a blast making this and only excited me more for what they’ll do next! Keep an eye out for this exciting, up and coming filmmaker who shines in both the spotlight and in the shadows; Rakefet Abergel! Thank you so much for reaching out and allowing me to watch your film! I’m a true fan and cannot wait the next one! Please don’t stop!
Tune in for the Q&A tonight regarding "Boo" (2019) (10/19/20) at 7pm PST. Send them your questions!
Follow Rakefet Abergel and her production company "Cycalmen Films":
Cyclamen Film: @cyclamenfilms
Rakefet Abergel: @kef827
Written by Sam Gall on 10/18/20
CGC Grading: Gem Mint 10.0
"Rakefet's passion for filmmaking shines through with every beautiful shot. Love, pain, and longing are ongoing themes in her story work. Boo is no different. With a strong foundation and terrifying plot twist, Boo does not disappoint." - graserjr, IMDB
"The layers really fall into place and it was so well done for such a minimum amount of space." - joeyfree88, IMDB
"I had the pleasure of seeing Boo at Scares That Care in Williamsburg Virginia. It caught my interest from start to finish and I loved every bit of it. I definitely recommend checking it out!" - dauntingdarkness, IMDB
The award-winning short horror film BOO will be having it’s official online premiere October 19, 2020 on ALTER (watchalter.com). ALTER produces and releases feature movies, series and short form stories from the most provocative and innovative minds in horror reaching fans across all platforms. The film stars Rakefet Abergel (Superbad, New Girl, Shameless) as Devi, a woman struggling with a unique addiction who has to choose between who she loves and what she loves.
“I’m really proud that Boo will be featured on ALTER, which is arguably one of the best distributors a short horror film can have,” said Abergel, who also wrote, directed, and produced the film. “I’m excited it’s finally going to be available for online viewers and I’m looking forward to hearing feedback from fans all over the world!”
Boo is the second film from Abergel’s production company, Cyclamen Films. Her first film, Jax in Love, is currently streaming on Amazon Prime and Vimeo On-Demand and playing on ShortsTV.
Boo was an official selection at over 60 film festivals, received 75 nominations, and took home 44 awards to date including Best Director at GenreBlast Film Festival, Best Writing in a Short at Nightmares Film Festival, the Minerva Award for Best Female Filmmaker at Filmquest, and Best Actress at Unrestricted View Horror Film Festival in the U.K.
Boo features performances by Josh Kelly (UnReal / Midnight, Texas / Transformers), Parisa Fitz-Henley (The Sinner / Midnight, Texas / Fantasy Island), Laura Slade Wiggins (Shameless / Rings / The Tomorrow People), and Michael Villar (Skin / The Soviet Sleep Experiment).
The film will be available on ALTER beginning October 19th as a kick-off to their Halloween programming. The trailer is available on YouTube or their website MeetMyBoo.com. More platforms to be announced soon. Abergel will be doing a live Q&A on the Boo Facebook page with some of the cast and crew the week of the premiere. Check the page for updates.