by Anthony C Ferrante
had seen the trailer for Boo
and it looked good, so I was looking forward to seeing the movie in its
entirety. Seeing it at last though, in its entirety, I was entirely
was filmed at the Linda Vista Hospital in Los
Angeles and I cannot think of a better setting. It is a very spooky
looking place and just oozes atmosphere. The special effects in Boo were very good
too and when people's fingers started to fall off, it looked like
peoples fingers were falling off. When people exploded, it looked like
they really had exploded, and the resultant debris was suitably
So, all of this being said, why didn't I enjoy the movie? It's hard to
put my finger on it, but I think the main problem was that I didn't
find the characters believable. When they acted scared, that was just
it, I could tell they were acting. For me it was more like watching
someone put on a show than watching a movie and I never got fully drawn
into the story. I also didn't care for the characters, so when
something bad was happening to them, or it looked like it would be
shortly, I just didn't care because none of them were real enough, or
likeable enough, for it to matter to me—except the dog. I liked the dog.
The basic story is this:
Two college couples—Freddy and Marie, and Kevin and Jessie, decide to
spend Halloween at the deserted Vista Mira Hospital. What the girls
don't realize is that the guys have sent their friend Emmett ahead of
them to prepare a few Halloween surprises. Of course, when the gang
arrive at Vista Mira there is no sign of Emmett or his dog and some of
the Halloween surprises seem just a little too real. It is around this
time that we discover—rather conveniently—that Jessie is
Also trapped in the creepy corridors of the hospital: Allan, who is
looking for his sister, who went there with some friends and then
vanished along with them; Meg—the aforementioned sister—and a police
officer named Arlo Baines, who looks a little like a pimp from a bad
70's film. Arlo is there because he feels obligated to look-out for
Allan and Meg. He used to partner with their dead father, who was also
a cop. The only other characters in attendance are the ghosts.
Everyone eventually ends up on the third floor that used to house the
mental patients and, once there, discover they are trapped.
The DVD does have some bonus material included: The Making of Boo, Inside the
Special Effects of Boo, Intensive Scare: Tales of the Linda Vista
Hospital, and deleted, alternative, and extended scenes,
and a trailer.
I might not have been impressed by Boo, but I did
enjoy the short documentary Intensive
Scare:Tales of the Linda Vista Hospital. In it, cast and
crew recount their own strange experiences on set during the making of Boo.
There is the option of hearing the filmmaker's commentary while you
watch the movie. English subtitles are included for the hard of hearing
and, for the not so hard of hearing, there is a choice of Dolby Digital
5:1 surround sound, or Dolby Digital 2:0 stereo.
.... Jessie Holden
.... Count Pimpula
.... Arlo Ray Baines/Dynamite Jones
Rosamaria Juarez ....
.... Ghost Girl
.... Jessie's Mom
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