Writer/Director talks Halloween horror comedy ‘Boo’

Boo the Movie

Taking us right back to 1984, Dana Melanie’s Boo will give us a psychotic killer who will akin the horror icons of that era but also a mix of high school comedy.

We got the chance to quiz Dana all about the project.

Tell us where the idea came from for Boo? 

BOO sort of just happened organically. I was toying with the idea of a scream queen who was so mean you wanted her to die. Cue our main character, Blair. She’s an alpha. I wanted a strong female lead that was unapologetic.
That mixed with the idea of a murderer in a white cotton sheet and the one-liners started to flow. Throw in the 80’s and buckets of blood and it was done.
Was it always your intention to set the film in the 80’s?
Yes! The 80’s are fun! I see it as a character in its own right. The language, the fashion, the whole esthetic.
Shows like Glow are showing that when done right, the 80’s is still one of the best eras to set your story in, do you agree?
I definitely think it’s a top contender. Like I said before the 80’s is its own sort of character. You had an explosion of music, technology, art, and film.
New things were coming from every which way, it was fun, it was bright, it was loud. It has so many different layers and avenues to explore and we are seeing them all more and more in film and TV right now.
The 80’s had purity and simplicity — cellphones weren’t in every pocket, social media hadn’t been created yet. If you wanted to hang out with friends you did it face to face, not through a computer.
There’s something magical about that time and audiences are clearly responding to it.
Why did you decide on the ghost as your killer?
I wanted to create a “monster” that at first glance, audiences wouldn’t necessarily think it was scary.
I mean, it’s a bed sheet with two black eyes. In one of our first scenes, Blair says ghosts aren’t scary. Her opinion drastically changes by the end of the film.
 
Does the killers look come from Michael Myers’ ghost sheet turn in Halloween?
Actually, no not at all! I had completely forgotten about that scene entirely until the other day, when the new trailer came out. I was inspired by the simplicity of children dressing up as a ghost for Halloween back in the day.
 
How hard is it to get the balance right for a horror comedy?
I think it may have been harder had I not set the film in the 80’s. I tend to write more dramatic pieces, but I always slip in comedic moments because it’s true to life.
 
Were there any other surprising inspirations for Boo?
Well it’s interesting because originally we assumed we were going to shoot the film here in Los Angeles, since that’s where we are all based. But one day our producer, Mike was telling us a story about his childhood growing up in the small town of Kiester, Minnesota.
The town looks similar to the one in Children of the Corn. BOO wasn’t finished yet, but after some deep stalking through Google Earth, I knew it was the perfect location for us to shoot.
 
Tell us about the character of Coach Deluca?
Coach Deluca! You can’t have an 80’s movie with out a jazzercise sequence. And Coach Deluca delivers. She’s the female Richard Simmons, jazz hands and all.
 
Are you very much in favour of practical effects over CGI?
Practical effects completely. We are working with a micro budget, so CGI isn’t really an option for us. But regardless, I like authenticity, the less digitized the better.
It also pushes us to get creative. Also, you don’t necessarily need to see everything to be scared or heighten the stakes. There’s terror in the unknown. Just look at Hitchcock’s work.
Do you think this idea has franchise potential?
We think so. Hopefully, it’s a hit with audiences and we can explore that avenue when we get to it!
Right now we are just focusing on bringing this film to life and raising the money needed to make it happen so we can shoot this October.
What is your opinion on sites like IndieGoGo in terms of supporting independent cinema?
IndieGoGo is a great method to build early momentum, find your niche audience and attract interested investors. For small budget indie films like us, publicity through social media is essential for success.
So far it’s been a very positive experience! It’s a lot of hard work, but it’s worth it. You get feedback directly from the people who are going to be the ones going out and supporting your film. It’s an incredible way to engage.
Donate to Boo on IndieGoGo HERE
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