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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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Director:
Writers:
Ulli Lommel (screenplay) and
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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:
A childhood nightmare come to life 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:
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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:
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 »
Goofs:
Boom mic visible: Visible in the top right corner, as Lacey is talking to her shrink.See more »
Quotes:
Timmy:BOOGEYMAAAAAAAN!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Adjust Your Tracking (2013)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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14 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
A childhood nightmare come to life, 1 April 2007
Author: sgtking from United States

Back in the day when Mom and Pop video stores were all over the place, I like so many other horror buffs, rented movies with: 1. A cool title, and/or 2. Cool artwork on the sleeve. The reason I rented this obscure gem was solely because of the title. The Boogey Man was my biggest fear as a kid and to see the man of my nightmares on the TV screen really intrigued me. After seeing the film I was a tad disappointed that it wasn't about "the" Boogey Man, but what softened that little blow was the movie itself.

Pros: Atmospheric. A goosebump-inducing score. Good performances from a mostly unknown cast. Inventive kills, especially the ones involving teenagers. Some very eerie moments. Plenty of blood for gorehounds. A very threatening monster, similar to Michael Myers.

Cons: Derivative of other horror films of the era like 'The Exorcist' and 'Halloween'. For example, the opening is similar to the one in 'Halloween'. The scene is still effective, but the obvious borrowed elements make the film lack originality. The pacing is slow at times. Though the score is great, the composer uses some cheesy sound effects too. The climax, though fun, is a bit over-the-top compared to the rest of the film.

Final thoughts: Though not in the same league as the films it tries to imitate, this film still has a life of it's own. Unlike a lot of lacklustre horror films today like 'Darkness Falls' and 'Dracula 2000,' this is one of those movies that stays with you after you see it. It's also better than the two sequels it spawned.

My rating: 3.5/5

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