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The Boogeyman Review – 1980

220px-BoogeymanposterLanguage: English
Original Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
Directed by Ulli Lommel
Cast:  Suzanna Love, Nathan Love and John Carradine

Synopsis
A young girl witnesses her brother murder a man through a reflection in a mirror. Twenty years later the mirror is shattered, freeing his evil spirit, which seeks revenge for his death.

DVD Release
The Boogeyman was released by Sony Pictures in 2008 in a double feature 2- DVD Set. Not sure why the front cover says it’s a 2 DVD set when it’s just one flipper disc but we can let that slide. The film is in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen with a running time of 82 minutes. The movie transfer-wise isn’t terrible. It’s not the best but considering the low budget feel it looks pretty decent. Audio seems pretty quiet at times and sometimes certain dialog scenes were dubbed in causing me to have to turn up the volume.

Extras

  • Return of the Boogeyman – Full Length Feature film. I’ll save you the trouble and just let you know that it’s a piece of crap. They pretty much re-used 80% of the original film as flashbacks. Very similar to what they did with Silent Night, Deadly Night 2.
  • Trailers
    • The Cave –  (2:31) anamorphic widescreen trailer.
    • Boogeyman – (2:22) anamorphic widescreen trailer of the 2005 film of the same name. Nothing to do with the 1980 film however.
    • The Grudge – (1:27) anamorphic widescreen trailer of the American remake.
    • Resident Evil: Apocalypse – (2:31) Anamorphic widescreen trailer.
    • Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid – (2:20) Anamorphic widescreen trailer.
    • Devour – (1:44) non-anamorphic widescreen trailer.
    • Chupacabra Terror – (1:55)  non-anamorphic widescreen trailer.

Thoughts
I usually don’t put a plot synopsis but I figure having one for a film nobody will see might be beneficial.

A young woman seduces a man in her home while her two kids are outside watching them.  We never get to see his face because she puts her stocking over his head. Of course they notice the kids and start yelling at them. The man, while still wearing the stocking over his head, ties up the boy, Willy, to his bed frame while his mother watches on. Later on, his sister Lacey cuts his ropes with a knife and Willy goes to her mother’s bedroom and stabs the man repeatedly. There is a great knife POV shot going to the bedroom. They definitely stole it from Halloween but it works wonderful compared to the rest of the film. His sister watches the death through a mirror on the wall.

Fast forward in time and they kids look to be in their 20’s now. Willy is a mute and Lacey seems normal until she gets a letter from her mother that triggers flashbacks and nightmares. Her husband says he thinks she should visit her mother and her childhood home for some closure. That would be a great idea for anybody except for people in a horror movie of course. They go to a Psychiatrist and you guess it, she has a flashback and starts talking strangely as if the killer was possessing her. Even after all that crazy stuff just happened, Lacey and her husband  agree to go back to her childhood home.

Lacey and her husband go to their parents old house and she ends up freaking out when she see’s her mother’s dead boyfriend in a mirror. After they leave, something supernatural kills the kids who are currently living in the house. One girl has a pretty bloody death with scissors and her brother gets squashed by a window.  The other girl gets flames coming from the sink and gets whacked in the head by the cabinet door.

In another scene, Willy tries to strangle Lacey’s friend in the barn but stops once he see’s himself  in the mirror. She runs off and we never see her again. This pretty much has nothing to do with the plot but I’m assuming they were going to have him as a red herring until they went full supernatural killer.

Lacey and her nephew go fishing. We cut to a group of teenagers on the beach grilling and partying being killed off one by one.  First teenager dies by having a rod pushed through the back of his head through his mouth. A girl goes to check on him and get’s pushed into the same pole. The other kids think they’re just kissing and leave. Again, this has nothing to do with the plot so we can assume this is filler just made to pad the run time.

A priest comes to visit and touches the mirror and everything goes red. We do an awkward cut to the Aunt and Uncle  dead in the barn. Lacey’s husband tries to call the police and the phone blows up. Lacey ends up having a piece of the mirror lodge into her eye and almost kills her husband. She begins to float in the air and the priest ends up with a knife in his back. Priest ends up taking the piece of glass from her eye and collapses over dead. Willy and Lacey’s husband end up throwing the broken mirror into the well and it blows up. Willy screams out Lacey’s name and is no longer mute afterwards.

The Boogeyman has an excellent musical score even though the main theme seems to take some cues from John Carpenter’s Halloween. Plot wise, it’s a total mess. They went the supernatural route when they probably should just have had Willy as a red herring and had his sister or sister’s husband as the killer. Yeah.

Conclusions 

Boogeyman isn’t a good movie. Slasher movie completists will want to get it but the rest can stay clear.

Rating

1 out of 5