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Director:
Writers:
Ulli Lommel (screenplay) and
Suzanna Love (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
7 November 1980 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The most terrifying nightmare of childhood is about to return!
Plot:
Through the reflection in the mirror, a girl witnesses her mother's boyfriend's murder. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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User Reviews:
Instantly forgettable video nasty See more (58 total) »

Cast

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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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Runtime:
82 min | UK:85 min (extended version)
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Color (Metrocolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
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

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Trivia:
The house used for the exterior shots of Lacy and Willy's childhood home is located in La Plata Maryland, and in 2004 was severely damaged by a tornado.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The knife Willy takes from the dish of discarded chicken bones is not the same knife that Jake was using to carve with.See more »
Quotes:
Dr. Warren:Your mother, did she date other men?See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Dead Teenager Movie (2006) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
Not From Her WorldSee more »

FAQ

What are the differences between the old British BBFC 18 VHS and the Uncensored Version?
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Instantly forgettable video nasty, 6 April 2012
Author: tomgillespie2002 from United Kingdom

Like many horror films back in the 1980's (and even today), The Boogeyman takes its influence from John Carpenter's landmark in horror, Halloween (1978). While Michael Myers was the physical embodiment of the 'boogeyman' legend (I say legend, but it is more a term given to whatever scares little children at night), Ulli Lommel's shockingly s**t video nasty goes the extra mile and adds a supernatural spin to the story in the shape of a haunted mirror.

The quite effective opening has a young girl and boy spying on their slutty mother as she seduces a man with a stocking on his head. They are spotted, and the man ties the boy to a bed while they have sex in another room. The girl cuts him loose with a large knife, and the boy then uses it to murder the man. Years later, the boy Willy (Nicholas Love) is mute, and the girl, Lacey (Suzanna Love), is psychologically troubled by the events of her childhood. Her psychiatrist Dr. Warren (John Carradine, looking like he's hoping nobody will notice his presence in the film) advises her husband Jake (Ron James) that she should go back to her childhood home to confront her demons. She does, and while there she sees the man wearing the stocking in the bedroom mirror, which she smashes. Jake pieces together the mirror and takes it home, when strange deaths start occurring.

Yes, this is as daft as it sounds. Horror movies have long made killers out of strange things (tomatoes, clowns, a house), but a mirror that influences suicides? Mmm. It's one of the strangest choices for a killer 'bad guy' I've come across in horror since the strangely likable Death Bed: The Bed That Eats (1977). If anything, this at least separates it from other mundane entries into the slasher genre, but the film struggles along trying to juggle a story a sibling connection, psychological torment, and standard stalk-and-slash. There is a half- decent death involving a 'long kiss', but apart from this, it is instantly forgettable.

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