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The Boogey Man (1980)

R  |   |  Horror  |  7 November 1980 (USA)
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Through the reflection in the mirror, a girl witnesses her mother's boyfriend's murder.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Suzanna Love ...
Ron James ...
Jake
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Nicholas Love ...
Willy
Raymond Boyden ...
Kevin
Felicite Morgan ...
Aunt Helen
Bill Rayburn ...
Uncle Ernest
Llewelyn Thomas ...
Father Reilly
Jay Wright ...
Young Willy
Natasha Schiano ...
Young Lacey
Gillian Gordon ...
Lacey and Willy's Mother
Howard Grant ...
The Lover
Jane Pratt ...
Jane
Lucinda Ziesing ...
Susan
David Swim ...
Timmy
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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. Written by David Swim <dave@fraust.com>

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The most terrifying nightmare of childhood is about to return!

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7 November 1980 (USA)  »

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$300,000 (estimated)
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Star Suzanna Love is the real-life sister of co-star Nicholas Love, who plays her brother in the film, and was at the time also the wife of director Ulli Lommel. She and Lommel co-authored the screenplay for this film. See more »

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Frightening and terrifying story about possession occasioned by eerie mirror
18 July 2008 | by See all my reviews

This is a fairly suspenseful and horrifying story with simple special effects. It starts when through the reflection in a mirror, a little girl witnesses her brother kills their mother's lover . The weird mirror is possessed by strange spirit. Several years later, one time grown-up, this records still haunt her. She(Suzanne Love, director wife who starred many his films) is assisted by therapist Dr. Warren(John Carradine). Then, the mirror is now broken revealing again its ominous powers. Caught in a series of otherwordly events, she becomes inextricably involved in creepy murders .

This spooky movie packs terror, tight pacing, bone-chilling scenes, tension, grisly killings and numerous images have you on the edge of your seat.It's a very average little horror movie and has some cool death scenes. The film emphasizes the bloody, cruel and disgustful killings. The script stretches plausibility to the breakpoint point for a massacre final. Frightening musical score imitating partially to Mike Oldfield's Tubular bells from 'The exorcist'. It's followed by 'Boogeyman 2' continuing the plot, similar footage and new director; Ulli Lommel acted and co-written this follow-up. Furthermore recent version, very different to original : 'Boogeyman, 2005' by Stephen T. Kay with Barry Watson and Emily Deschanel and 'Boogeyman 2,' by Jeff Betancourt with Rene O'Connor and Tobin Bell.

The film is middling directed by Ulli Lommel, he's a German born actor and director with a long career in both US and Europe and known by his collaboration with Rainer W. Fassbinder and Andy Warhol(who produced him two movies : Blank generation and Cocaine cowboys). In 1988 he changed to Hollywood and directed 'Boogey man', that became in Box office success, grossing millions of dollars worldwide. Later , made 'Olivia, Brainwaves, Devonsville terror' and several movies with little budget, such as 'Black Dahlia and curse of the Zodiac', among them.


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