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The Boogens (1981) Poster

(1981)

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Only one creature was made for this film.
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To create the roar of the monster, Sound Supervisor Jeffrey L. Sandler asked his son Robert Sandler to come up with something scary. The monster's roar was a dog & cat fight, played backward, and slowed down. And to test it's effectiveness, speakers were set up at the ends of 4 long hallways at Glen Glenn Sound in Burbank,Ca. With the lights out, Jeffrey and Robert played the effect...they were both too scared to walk down the hall alone to turn the lights back on.
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Anne-Marie Martin originally agreed to do nudity when she signed on to act in the film, but refused to disrobe when the shooting of the movie commenced.
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In his Twilight Zone Magazine review, author Stephen King called The Boogens... "A wildly energetic monster movie!"
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Rebecca Balding met her future husband James L. Conway while acting in this movie.
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The mine interiors were built in a disused grocery store.
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The interior of the house was a set built in an elf lodge in Park City, Utah.
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Two dogs were used for Tiger.
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Shot in six weeks in January and February of 1981.
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Some believe that "The Boogens" is an actual term once used by miners to describe the fear some would experience while spending too much time in deep mines. In fact, it was a word fabricated by screenwriter David O'Malley, using the word "boogeyman" as it's root.
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Veteran character actor John Crawford's last film.
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Co-writer David O'Malley based the script on things that scared him. For example, the sequence in the garage was inspired by O'Malley's fear of being attacked by rattlesnakes in the garage of his home.
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The last day of shooting took twenty hours.
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The climax was filmed in a real mine.
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Though quite different, author Charles E. Sellier wrote a novel of the same title based upon the film.
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The dog that plays Tiger is actually a Bichon Frise, not a poodle like some believe.
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