Boogeyman (2005)

“Boogeyman” is not a great film, but I don’t get why so many people hate it so much.  Predictable?  Yes.  Disappointing, considering all the childhood terrors they had to work with?  Yes.  Further bogged down by some pretty shaky acting?  Yes.  Okay, I guess I can see why people hate it so much, but it really wasn’t as bad as all that.

Young Timmy witnesses the death of his father at the hands of the boogeyman (literally) and is pretty much traumatized forever after.  Eventually returning home years later, he finds that growing up hasn’t banished his demons.  He’ll actually have to do that himself if he wants to save himself and (you guessed it) the girl from his youth.

The film really misses the boat with a shockingly unscary monster and a completely useless storyline involving Tim and his fiance.  They apparently just wanted to add another character for him to care about but got carried away with an entirely irrelevant trip to her parents’ house.  They also did next to nothing to explain the “nuts and bolts” of their boogeyman.  In the end, it seemed like they had a pretty cool idea going in which Timmy created his own boogeyman and that was what he had to destroy but at the end of the movie (after the credits) we find out that’s not the case.

The film did get some things right.  Tim’s nightmarish pursuit of the boogeyman through all of his haunts and the final moments of Tim’s loved ones that the beast has claimed was stylish, cool and flat-out mind-bending.  The pacing was fairly good and the film “looked” creepy – I bought it.

All in all, an interesting take on the legendary stalker of childhood nightmares that comes up short not so much because it was bad, but because it could have been better.


Stars: 3/5



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