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The Boogey Man -- A girl witnesses the murder of her mother's boyfriend while looking in the mirror.


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Release Date:
7 November 1980 (USA) See more »
The most terrifying nightmare of childhood is about to return!
Through the reflection in the mirror, a girl witnesses her mother's boyfriend's murder. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Suzanna Love ... Lacey
Ron James ... Jake

John Carradine ... Dr. Warren
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
Katie Casey ... Teenager
Ernest Meier ... Teenager

Charles David Richards ... Teenager (as Stony Richards)
Claudia Porcelli ... Teenager

Catherine Tambini ... Katy

Directed by
Ulli Lommel 
Writing credits
Ulli Lommel (screenplay) and
Suzanna Love (screenplay) and
David Herschel (screenplay)

Produced by
Gillian Gordon .... line producer
Ulli Lommel .... producer
Wolf Schmidt .... executive producer
Terrell Tannen .... associate producer
Original Music by
Tim Krog 
Cinematography by
Jochen Breitenstein (director of photography)
David Sperling (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Terrell Tannen 
Art Direction by
Robert Morgan 
Set Decoration by
David Weiss 
Production Management
Howard Grant .... production manager
Sound Department
Stuart Deutsch .... sound engineer
Jane Goldsmith .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Craig Harris .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Philippe Carr-Forster .... still photographer
Steve Dubin .... camera assistant
Arthur Gardner .... lighting director
Chris Li .... camera assistant
Jürg V. Walther .... camera operator (as Juerg V. Walther)
Editorial Department
Philippe Carr-Forster .... assistant editor
Sharon Oreck .... assistant editor
Malsy Prévotat .... assistant editor (as Malsy Prevotat)
Music Department
Ed Christiano .... music editor
Tim Krog .... music performer
Other crew
Neil Boyden .... location supervisor
Ralph Boyden .... location supervisor
Susan Ensley .... assistant to director
Stace Hill .... production assistant
Rudy Laurent .... assistant to director
Yvonne Winters .... production assistant

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Boogeyman" - UK (alternative title), USA (alternative title)
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82 min | UK:85 min (extended version)
Color (Metrocolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:R | Finland:K-18 (uncut) (2010) | Finland:(Banned) (heavily cut) (1981) (original rating) | Finland:K-18 (heavily cut) (1981) (re-rating) | France:-16 | Germany:BPjM Restricted | Italy:VM14 | Norway:(Banned) (video version) (1983) | Singapore:M18 | UK:X (original rating: 1980) | UK:18 (re-rating) (1992) (cut) (re-rating) (2000) (uncut) | UK:(Banned) (1984-1992) | USA:R | West Germany:18

Did You Know?

Albert Zugsmith suggested to Ulli Lommel that he should cast John Carradine in a secondary role in order to enhance this film's overall commercial appeal. Moreover, Carradine's scenes were all shot in a single day.See more »
Revealing mistakes: Before the guy on the beach gets into his car as he searches for the breathing sound, the light on the ceiling inside the car is on, meaning the passenger side door was open for the cameraman.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Blow Out (1981)See more »
Baby Go Bye ByeSee more »


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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Frightening and terrifying story about possession occasioned by eerie mirror, 18 July 2008
Author: ma-cortes

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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