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Boo (2005)

A handful of college students get trapped in a haunted hospital on Halloween.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Trish Coren Trish Coren ... Jessie Holden
Rachel Harland Rachel Harland ... Cindy
Jilon VanOver ... Kevin (as Jilon Ghai)
Happy Mahaney ... Emmett
Shirlene Quigley Shirlene Quigley ... Honey
Algie Hamilton Algie Hamilton ... Count Pimpula
Dig Wayne ... Arlo Ray Baines / Dynamite Jones
Rosamaria Juarez Rosamaria Juarez ... Louise
Nicole Rayburn ... Marie
Josh Holt ... Freddy
M. Steven Felty ... Jacob
Michael Samluk ... Allan
Taylor Hurley Taylor Hurley ... Ghost Girl
Rachel Melvin ... Meg
Terri Novak ... Jessie's Mom
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Storyline

The friends Emmett, Freddy, Marie, Kevin and his reluctant girlfriend Jessie decide to spend the Halloween night in an abandoned hospital. Meanwhile, the younger Allan meets the old friend of his father Arlo Ray Baines and asks him to help to find his vanished sister Meg in the same spot. The two groups meet each other in the mental institution section on the haunted third floor and they find that they are trapped in the place. Jessie has visions from the past and discovers that the ghost of Jacob, a former patient that raped a little girl and burned the hospital, is trying to escape possessing their bodies that melt down with his evil spirit. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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You Don't Have A Ghost Of A Chance

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Horror

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Rated R for horror violence/gore and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 July 2006 (Singapore) See more »

Also Known As:

Apolytos efialtis See more »

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Trivia

The director has said in interviews that the Arlo Ray Baines character (played by Dig Wayne in Boo) starred in five different (fictitious) "Dynamite Jones" blaxploitation films: Meet Dynamite Jones, Dynamite Ignited, Dynamite Jones vs The Dope Pope, Dynamite Jones vs Count Pimpula (which was seen partially in Boo), Dynamite Jones vs Frankenfro (which is referenced in the deleted scenes on the Boo DVD). See more »

Goofs

Emmett and his dog are riding in the elevator and it stops on floor 3, he is clearly terrified with his flashlight close to his body but when the scene changes to the elevator opening up, we see Emmett with his arms down at his sides with a neutral expression then it cuts back to him terrified again with the flashlight close to his body and when it cuts to a shot of his dog, his hand with the flashlight again is down to his side. See more »

Quotes

Freddy: That's who you are that old movie cop, Action Jones or something.
Allan: Dynamite Jones?
Freddy: Yeah, yeah, I remember, I remember and "Danger" is Dynamite's middle name. Those were some funny movies.
Arlo Ray Baines: They weren't suppose to be funny.
Freddy: Do that old match trick thing, that was pretty cool.
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References The Ring (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

One, Two, Three
Written by Robbie Rist and Anthony C. Ferrante
Copyright Control (ASCAP)
Performed by The Black and Blues Revue
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BOO 'scare' tactics and bad acting, oh my!
27 November 2005 | by davitalvitchSee all my reviews

I was happy to rent "Boo" after reading that it was from the same producer as "Dog Soldiers," which I found wonderfully relentless. While "Dog Soldiers" is on my list of films to buy, I soon found "Boo" to be tedious. It is the sort of movie I began to watch in bits for it was becoming too aggravating to sit through in one stretch. While I appreciate horror films made on a small budget (and therefore, it can be assumed, made out of a passion for the genre and not a mere eye on box office returns), recent films, such as "Boo," rely on SUDDEN LOUD NOISES to elicit their scare moments. (It's the new 'screeching cat leaping out' gimmick.) This film made me jump once. However, when a film uses a LOUD NOISE or sudden ghost/killer reveal a second time, the impact is usually lessened, and when this happens a THIRD time, and then again, the 'scares' become predictable for the audience now knows the rhythm of the film, that whenever there's a quiet moment, there will be a JOLT, or whenever a character is about to move out of frame, the ghost/killer will be standing there. And really, what suspense can be given to a film when there is an overuse of a creepy little girl suddenly, without actually moving, advancing toward another character, accompanied by A LOUD SOUND. The squeaking, slowly moving wheelchair was much more effective for then a sense of dread was built, a 'What's going to happen?' apprehension. JOLTS just become numbing, and then boring.

I can forgive bad acting but there are certain true reactions to which we can all relate and when a character does not REACT the way that we would, that is when the amateurish performance becomes distracting. If my girlfriend/boyfriend or best friend is murdered, my reaction is horror and anger; in this film, there is shock (and one character gets very upset and weepy) but then everyone just seems to gloss over this and resumes looking for a way to escape the hospital. The murder then becomes a mere plot device, another 'reanimated dead' complication for our remaining cast to soon deal with.

Great use of a particular costume however, and it's always wonderful to see Dee Wallace Stone on screen.


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