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Writer (WGA):
Mark Edward Edens (written by)
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Release Date:
9 October 1999 (USA) See more »
A teen enlists the help of an imaginary friend named Larry Houdini to deal with a prank-playing bogeyman, who's framing her for his dastardly deeds. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Erin Chambers ... Frances Bacon McCausland

Ty Hodges ... Larry Houdini (as Eric 'Ty' Hodges II)

Robin Riker ... Karen McCausland

Steve Valentine ... Boogeyman
Mary Parker Williams ... Ms. Readle
Geoff Hansen ... Mr. Kepler

Barry Yourgrau ... Principle Gribben

Stephen Tobolowsky ... Michael McCausland

Nathan Stevens ... Bert McCausland

RuDee Sade ... Joanne Smith (as RuDee Lipscomb)

Rachel Kimsey ... Zoe
Ruth Hale ... Old Zoe
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cody Cowdell ... Library Child #1

Frank Gerrish ... Driving Instructor

Travis Holt Hamilton ... Johnny - Student
Isaac Lipscomb ... Schoolkid
Jean Lipscomb ... Reporter #2
Jake Sakson ... Darwin McCausland
Hillary J. Walker ... Jello Diver

Michelle Wright ... News Reporter
Dajon Young ... Jason

Elizabeth Miklavcic ... Teacher (uncredited)

Jimmy Miklavcic ... High School Teacher (uncredited)

Tiffany Pipkin ... Girl in Cafeteria (uncredited)

Directed by
Kenneth Johnson 
Writing credits
Mark Edward Edens (written by)

Produced by
David Lancaster .... executive producer
Jeffrey Morton .... executive producer (as Jeff Morton)
Don Schain .... producer
Original Music by
Daniel Licht 
Cinematography by
Richard M. Rawlings Jr. 
Film Editing by
David Strohmaier 
Production Design by
Gary Constable 
Art Direction by
Mark Hofeling 
Makeup Department
Brent Armstrong .... assistant makeup artist
Jill Rockow .... assistant makeup artist
Rick Stratton .... makeup effects design and application
Rick Stratton .... special makeup effects artist
Production Management
Benjamin Benedetti .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Venita Ozols-Graham .... first assistant director
Robert Andrew Reeves .... second assistant director
Peggy Stuber .... second second assistant director
Art Department
John Malmborg .... carpenter
L.S. Prickett .... on-set dresser
Sound Department
Douglas Cameron .... production sound mixer
Tim Chilton .... foley artist
Stephen Fitzmaurice .... adr mixer
G. Michael Graham .... supervising sound editor
Alan Green .... boom operator
Visual Effects by
Craig Weiss .... visual effects supervisor
Niel Wray .... digital effects artist
Jon H. Epstein .... stunt coordinator
T.J. White .... stunt double
Gene Williams .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Kevin Kennedy .... key grip
Rory Robert Knepp .... Steadicam operator
Rory Robert Knepp .... camera operator: "a" camera
Shawn Lacy .... best boy grip
Terry Mitchell .... best boy electric
Glade Quinn .... dolly grip
Penny Sprague .... first assistant camera
Casting Department
Marshall Burgtorf .... casting assistant
Editorial Department
George Carlston .... dailies colorist
Location Management
Lee A. Steadman .... location scout (as Lee Steadman)
Music Department
John Dickson .... composer: additional music
Paul Hepker .... additional composer: score
Paul Hepker .... orchestrator
Steven A. Saltzman .... music editor (as Steven Saltzman)
Rick Winquest .... music scoring mixer
Other crew
Suzanne Bingham .... script supervisor
Jennifer Chapman .... production assistant
Tina Edwards .... assistant production accountant
Michael Kiely .... production accountant (as Michael A. Kiely)
Stephanie Shayne .... adr loop group
Stephanie Shayne .... looping coordinator
John Shoenfelt .... coordinator: Los Angeles
Aaron Lee Syrett .... liaison: film commission
Eve Watterson .... production coordinator

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100 min
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The first and only Disney Channel Original Movie to have a TV-PG rating.See more »
[first lines]
Frances Bacon McCausland:[narrating] Middleberg is a middle-sized town in the middle of the country. Middleberg is where I live, and so does something... else. Some people said that Middleberg was dull, that nothing ever happened here. Well, they were very wrong.
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Twizard Rating: 84, 2 November 2015
Author: goolizap from United States

I've detailed in previous posts my feelings about the current state of children's television. And while the Disney Channel is the main culprit, I do long for 1999 again when Disney Channel Original Movies (DCOMs) were at their peak. Sure, they were cheesy and full of head-scratching character decisions, but we loved them anyway because the protagonists were just like us.

Don't Look Under the Bed follows Frances (Erin Chambers), a teenage girl living in a small town where, one day, strange things start happening. Dogs are on the roof, the high school's pool is filled with gelatin, and the letter "B" is spray painted all over town. Everyone is convinced that it's Frances who's pulling these pranks, but she befriends Larry Houdini (Ty Hodges)--an imaginary person who only she can see--who informs her that the Boogeyman is framing her. So she tries to figure out why he seems to have a bone to pick with her.

The film is full of twists and has some fun scenes that actually hold up fairly well considering the age of the movie and the target demographic.

Not that it's not without a little schmaltz, but believe it or not, compared to its counterparts, Don't Look Under the Bed isn't terribly cloying at all--possibly due to the fact that it's directed by Kenneth Johnson--the creator of The Bionic Woman and The Incredible Hulk TV series. Whatever the reason, if you saw this movie as a child, chances are it stuck with you.

It's Disney Channel's only PG-rated DCOM--and for a good reason. The scenes with the Boogeyman are seriously creepy. They still haunt me to this day. However, they never make the film lose its youthful essence. Rather, it may be more appealing since it fails to insult its young audience. There's a good enough balance between the macabre and the jovial to maintain its fun nature.

The issues it deals with may not be the deepest, but it's no Dude, Where's My Car either. The themes include deep-rooted denial and growing up too fast. It gets its point across without feeling overly preachy. And even older audiences will find the intrinsic emotions relatable and may cause them to conjure up fond memories of their own childhood--much in a Toy Story type of way.

In the last 15 minutes, the characters venture into Boogeyland, which is a real highlight to this movie. The world that the filmmakers create is so spooky and detailed that we feel like we're there too. We wait throughout the whole story to find out where the Boogeyman goes when he's not creating chaos, and the answer definitely lives up to our expectations.

The film's biggest pitfall is its lead actress. She's alright when she's just conversing with other characters, but as soon as she shows any kind of grand emotion, her conviction is nowhere to be found.

But the plot holes are scarce and mostly towards the beginning, so we grant it forgiveness during its final act--which may the single greatest ending to any DCOM. In Don't Look Under the Bed the characters have a lot to lose, and while so many others of its kind take the easy way out, this one really works for it.

Twizard Rating: 84

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