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Drive-In Dust Offs: The Boogens (1981)

Cynicism isn’t hard to come by in the horror genre; any Italian cannibal or home invasion flick will satiate your desire for an outlook on man’s worst transgressions. Conversely, it’s even harder to find a film with such a buoyant feel that is at odds with the terror on display. Well, folks, may I present to you The Boogens (1981), an endearing charmer of a subterranean monster movie. By the time it’s over, you may want to give it a big old hug.

Released by Jensen Farley Pictures in September (with Paramount buying up the TV rights) on a budget of $600,000 Us, The Boogens did nothing to impress critics. However, a certain Stephen King loved the hell out of it, and his praise would grace the advertising as it did with his accolades of The Evil Dead (1981). (A King blurb held a lot of truck in those days.
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The Boogens (1981)

Directed by: James L. Conway

Written by: David O'Malley, Bob Hunt

Featuring: Rebecca Balding, Fred McCarren, Anne-Marie Martin, Jeff Harlan

For horror fans, 1981 was a banner year. First, we were inundated with over a dozen slasher flicks, including genre classics such as Halloween II, The Burning, The Prowler, My Bloody Valentine and Friday the 13th Part 2. The year also included future classics like The Howling, The Evil Dead, An American Werewolf in London and The Beyond, so it's no surprise a little monster movie called The Boogens became lost in all the cinematic mayhem. But the film developed a following and is now out on DVD for the first time.

The Boogens opens by recounting the tale of a silver mine that closed 100 years ago after a devastating tunnel collapse. The sole survivor said the miners who survived the cave-in were attacked by something living in the tunnels, though
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31 Days of Horror: The Boogens (1981)

They said it couldn’t be done. A fifth year of 31 Days of Horror? 31 more terror, gore and shower scene-filled movies worth highlighting? But Rejects always say die and never back away from a challenge, so we’ve rounded up the horror fans among us and put together another month’s worth of genre fun. Enjoy! Synopsis As a small mining company works to re-open an abandoned silver mine, employee Mark (Fred McCarren) invites his girlfriend Jessica (Ann-Marie Martin) and her friend Trish (Rebecca Balding) to join him and buddy Roger (Jeff Harlan) for a weekend off of work relaxing at a mountain cabin. What they didn’t plan on though was their work in the mines releasing the Boogens, a bloodthirsty breed of creature that caused the closure of the mine a hundred years prior. Killer Scene The entire climax of the film ranks as the best scenes because the boogens makes a grand appearance, but
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Get Ready to Stare in Disbelief at The Boogens Artwork!

We've talked about it before as there have been whispers, but now we can officially confirm that the long lost Eighties classic creature feature The Boogens is officially on its way to Blu-ray and DVD! It's actually happening! Bad movie lovers rejoice!

While there is still no word on the extras, if any at all, The Boogens, yes, The Boogens, will be headed home on August 7, 2012, courtesy of Olive Films.

The flick, directed by James L. Conway (Hanger 18), stars Rebecca Balding, Fred McCarren, Anne-Marie Martin, Jeff Harlan, and John Crawford.

Synopsis

In a small town near Denver, two young men begin to explore a long-abandoned old mine recently re-opened by a group of miners. When one of the men is discovered missing, his friends begin a search that leads them to horrifying consequences. They're all unaware of the evil that's been unleashed, and soon, one by one, a monster that
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Boogens

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Aug. 7, 2012

Price: DVD $24.95, Blu-ray $29.95

Studio: Olive Films

The 1981 cult horror movie The Boogens finally makes its DVD and Blu-ray debut!

In a small town near Denver, two young guys begin to explore a long-abandoned, boarded up silver mine old mine. When one of them goes missing, his begin a search that reveals something horrifying: By opening up the mine, a brood of nasty little monsters–turtle-like, agile, talon-clawed and sharp-toothed—have been unleashed. The grisly truth is quickly revealed as the titular creatures begans to knock the townsfolk one by one.

Directed by James L. Conway (Hanger 18), The Boogens stars Rebecca Balding, Fred McCarren, Anne-Marie Martin and Jeff Harlan.

In a rare instance of an archival Olive Film’s release having any supplemental materials, the DVD and Blu-ray of the R-rated film include a commentary by director Conway, star Balding and screenwriter David O’Malley.

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