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25 September 1981 (USA) See more »
There Is No Escape! See more »
Otherworldly creatures inhabit the bootleg tunnels underneath a small town mining community, and they kill any of the townsfolk who invade their home. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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You Had To Let 'Em Out, Didn't Ya! See more (61 total) »


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Rebecca Balding ... Trish Michaels
Fred McCarren ... Mark Kinner

Anne-Marie Martin ... Jessica Ford

Jeff Harlan ... Roger Lowrie

John Crawford ... Brian Deering
Med Flory ... Dan Ostroff
Jon Lormer ... Blanchard
Peg Stewart ... Victoria Tusker
Scott Wilkinson ... Deputy Greenwalt

Marcia Dangerfield ... Martha Chapman (as Marcia Reider)

Directed by
James L. Conway 
Writing credits
Thomas C. Chapman (story by) (as Tom Chapman) &
David O'Malley (story by)

David O'Malley (screenplay by) &
Jim Kouf (screenplay by) (as Bob Hunt)

Produced by
Bill Cornford .... associate producer
Carole Fontana .... assistant producer
Cliff Osmond .... associate producer
Charles E. Sellier Jr. .... producer
Original Music by
Bob Summers 
Cinematography by
Paul Hipp (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Michael Spence 
Casting by
Amy Schreiber 
Production Design by
Paul Staheli 
Art Direction by
Linda Kiffe 
Costume Design by
Julie Staheli 
Makeup Department
Karoly Balazs .... makeup artist (as Charles Balazs)
Peter Tothpal .... hair stylist
Production Management
John Forrest Niss .... post-production supervisor
Daxon Thomas .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Leon Dudevoir .... first assistant director
Jerry Fleck .... second assistant director
Art Department
Dean R. Brown .... construction supervisor (as Dean Brown)
Brian Cornford .... property master
Delia Dalton .... shop mistress
Scott Harris .... carpenter
Ken Horn .... design and construction: Boogen
William Munns .... design and construction: Boogen
Pat Smith .... set dresser
Tony Weber .... carpenter
Sound Department
Flash Deros .... boom operator
Tim Nelson .... sound transfer engineer
Jeffrey L. Sandler .... sound supervisor (as Jeff Sandler)
Rod Sutton .... sound mixer
Jill Taggart .... adr editor
Mark Friedgen .... sound (uncredited)
Special Effects by
David Kissell .... foam technician
Doug Kramer .... special effects
Jon Reeves .... special effects
Greg Brickman .... stunt coordinator
Eliza Coleman .... stunt double
Jim Connors .... utility stunts (as James Mathiasen Connors)
Nancy DeTamble .... utility stunts
Dawn Grant .... utility stunts
Tom Lupo .... utility stunts
Karen McLarty .... utility stunts (as Karen Ann McLarty)
Lisa Resendez .... utility stunts
Janell Twomey .... utility stunts
Walter Wyatt .... utility stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Mike Ezelle .... best boy
Jerry L. Madore .... key grip (as Jerry Madore)
Kim Marks .... camera operator
Mike Sherman .... grip (as Michael Sherman)
Brian Sullivan .... assistant camera
Arly H. Thomsen .... grip (as Arly Thomsen)
Garlan Wilde .... gaffer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Heather Staheli .... wardrobe mistress
Sarah Staheli .... laundress
Editorial Department
Simon Gittins .... apprentice film editor
Robert Martel .... apprentice film editor
Mark Phinney .... apprentice film editor
Mark W. Rosenbaum .... assistant film editor (as Mark Rosenbaum)
Roxanne Vigil .... post-production coordinator
Music Department
Don Perry .... music supervisor
Bob Summers .... conductor
Transportation Department
Larry Alexander .... utility driver
Sparky O'Driscoll .... transportation captain
Other crew
Peg Berry .... script supervisor (as Peggy Berry)
Rochelle Durrant .... business coordinator
Archie W. Ezell .... business affairs director
Wayne Ezell .... mechanic
Michael Lee .... runner
Karin McElhatton .... animal trainer (as Karen Dew)
Debi Nelson .... production secretary
Maggie Probst .... business affairs manager
Roberta Romely .... runner
Denis L. Stewart .... extras coordinator (as Denis Stewart)
Garth Wilkinson .... safety and security manager

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95 min
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The dog that plays Tiger is actually a Bichon Frise, not a poodle like some believe.See more »
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15 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
You Had To Let 'Em Out, Didn't Ya!, 15 April 2004
Author: Rob Crespino ( from Macon, Mississippi

This is a must-see late-night popcorn muncher that I first saw on HBO when I was about twelve. For years and years, I searched for the video. How excited I was a couple of years back when I found a copy! How can you not love that title? This movie is slow, many questions are left dangling, and the ending could have been stronger. However, it definitely has its moments! Best watched in groups, preferably while drinking. "Boogens" are killer monsters who are released from a closed land mine after mine workers blast it open after a 100 years. (One of the promo tag lines was "After 100 years, someone has reawakened The Boogens!) Some college-age kids rent a house in the woods, and the Boogens seem to have taken over the basement. Everyone hears noises coming from the basement but think nothing of it. One of my favorite characters was the old, old man whose great-grandfather was killed by Boogens. He approaches the miners and nervously rambles, "Boogens...Boogens...Ya had to let 'em out, didn't ya! Couldn't leave well enough alone, could ya!" The Boogens remain unseen until the last few minutes of the movie, and you will hit the floor laughing once you see a Boogen. (There are supposedly hordes of Boogens running loose, but perhaps because of budget problems, we see only one.) The Boogen looks like a giant turtle shell with elephant trunks for legs and the face looks like a Muppet on a crystal meth binge. One of the funniest scenes is when a Boogen is chasing a girl through the house and she tries to defend herself by throwing a tea pot and newspapers at it. Yep, that'll stop 'em! This is sooooo early 80's that it will most be enjoyed by thirty-somethings who fondly recall the kind of drive-in horror flicks they used to make. Fun for a bad movie/horror night. Fact: This is actually one of STEPHEN KING'S FAVORITES! He gives glowing reviews on the video box.

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