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Albert DeMond (dialogue)
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Release Date:
1 December 1932 (USA) See more »
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A wisecracking narrator mocks footage featuring Frankenstein's monster and Count Dracula. | Add synopsis »
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Mediocre yet interesting short film... See more (19 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)
Morton Lowry ... Man reading 'Dracula'
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Mae Clarke ... Elizabeth (edited from "Frankenstein") (archive footage) (uncredited)

Lawrence Grant ... Crosby (edited from "The Cat Creeps") (archive footage) (uncredited)
Raymond Hackett ... Paul (edited from "The Cat Creeps") (archive footage) (uncredited)

Boris Karloff ... Frankenstein's Monster (edited from "Frankenstein") (archive footage) (uncredited)
Elizabeth Patterson ... Susan (edited from "The Cat Creeps") (archive footage) (uncredited)

Max Schreck ... Dracula-Nosferatu (edited from "Nosferatu") (archive footage) (uncredited)
Helen Twelvetrees ... Annabelle West (edited from "The Cat Creeps") (archive footage) (uncredited)
Edward Van Sloan ... Dr. Waldman (edited from "Frankenstein") (archive footage) (uncredited)
Gustav von Wangenheim ... Hutter (edited from "Nosferatu") (archive footage) (uncredited)

Directed by
Albert DeMond 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Albert DeMond  dialogue

Produced by
Albert DeMond .... producer
 
Film Editing by
Lynn Harrison 
 
Music Department
James Dietrich .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Heinz Roemheld .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Albert DeMond .... supervisor
Carl Laemmle .... presenter
 

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Runtime:
10 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Finland:K-15 (2002) | Netherlands:16 (DVD rating)

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Boo was re-released by Universal in 2004 on DVD as part of the extras of "Frankenstein (The Restored Version)". Other extra's are: The Files of Frankenstein, The Archives of Frankenstein, Original Cinema Trailer of Frankenstein and you can watch Frankenstein with movie-commentary by Rudy Behlmer.See more »
Quotes:
Narrator:He acts like Congress and always ends up where he started.See more »
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Featured in Top 10 Lost Horror Films (2010) (V)See more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Mediocre yet interesting short film..., 23 July 2007

Whenever someone talks about horror movies of the 30s, the words "Universal Horror" always have to appear sometime during the conversation, as the importance of the movies done by Universal Studios in that decade is simply unquestionable. While Universal Horror was technically born in the 20s, it was in 1931 when it truly became a synonym of high quality fantasy stories, as it was in that year when the two first films of the "Golden Age" were released: Tod Browning's "Dracula" and James Whale's "Frankenstein". Based on classics of Gothic literature, both films became instant hits and transformed their lead actors (Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff respectively) into legends. Due to their great success, the two films quickly entered our pop culture as the ultimate monster films. "Boo", a 1932 short comedy film produced by Universal, is an early example of this.

In "Boo", a Man (Morton Lowry) is decided to have nightmares, so following the advice of the Narrator (possibly director Albert DeMond himself), he has a heavy dinner made of lobster and milk, and reads a horror novel before going to sleep. Our hero has read Bram Stoker's "Dracula", so as soon as he falls asleep, he begins to dream the horror of his lifetime. In his dream, he sees Dracula (archive footage of Max Schreck from 1922's "Nosferatu") preying on helpless humans and sucking their blood. To our hero's horror, Frankenstein's Monster (archive footage of Boris Karloff in 1931's "Frankenstein") also appears on his dream, and the Monster is willing to prey on humans too just as the vampire Count does. However, something is not right with these monsters, as their motifs seem rather dubious, or at least that's what the Narrator tries to explain.

Written by Albert DeMond, "Boo" is nothing more than a series of clips from F.W. Murnau's silent classic, "Nosferatu", James Whale's "Frankenstein" and Rupert Julian's "The Cat Creeps", everything mixed but joined together by DeMond's tale of a poor man's nightmare. DeMond's story is merely an excuse to put the clips in funny ways, putting footage on a loop or adding wacky sounds to them. In his narration, DeMond makes fun about the congress and the economical situation of their time, as well as of horror movies in general. It's all in good fun, although certainly the jokes haven't really aged well and now may sound boring and unfunny. While this can be blamed on the fact that humor has changed, in all honestly the jokes weren't that funny to begin with, although some can still bring at least a smile.

Where the movie shines is in it's use of clips from Universal horror films, as DeMond puts them out of context and makes some funny segments by playing with them. Interestingly, DeMond used Murnau's "Nosferatu" instead of Universal's own "Dracula", mainly because Lugosi's vampire was probably too elegant and good looking for his wacky spoof, so he used Max Schreck's interpretation as it was more of a monster. Of great interest is the fact that "Boo" contains what's probably the last surviving footage of Rupert Julian's 1930 horror classic, "The Cat Creeps", a movie that has been missing for years and that it's considered lost by many historians. While out of context and done for laughs, we can see bits of that now legendary film in this little short movie.

While I wouldn't say that "Boo" is a great movie, it's an interesting oddity to fans of Universal's Golden Age of horror movies, as not only it offers the only way to see a slice of "The Cat Creeps", it also shows a different view of those classic movies and how strong was their impact in those early years. Sure, as a comedy it's pretty mediocre (even for laugh tracks standards), but like most of the horror movies done by Universal, this one has a strange charm that makes it special. Not exactly a good film, but definitely a must-see for Universal horror fans. 5/10

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