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A young man tries to deal with the childhood terror that has affected his life.

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Cast

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Tim
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Franny
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Jessica
Andrew Glover ...
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Tim's Father
Philip Gordon ...
Uncle Mike
Aaron Murphy ...
Jennifer Rucker ...
Pam
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Co-Worker
Michael Saccente ...
Jessica's Dad
Louise Wallace ...
Jessica's Mom
Brenda Simmons ...
Jessica's Grandma
Josie Tweed ...
Jessica's Sister
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Storyline

Set in the country, 'Boogeyman' tells the haunting tale of a young man traumatized by memories of terrible events he experienced in his childhood bedroom and who, years later, reluctantly returns home to face his fears of a monstrous entity that could be real or merely a figment of his imagination. Written by bondish

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childhood | fear | boogeyman | hometown | uncle | See more »

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You thought it was a just a story... but it's real.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of horror and terror/violence, and some partial nudity | See all certifications »

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4 February 2005 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$42,974 (South Africa) (20 May 2005)

Gross:

$103,542 (South Africa) (20 May 2005)
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Goofs

When Tim goes swerves around the truck on his way to the house you can see a hubcap rolling off the left side of his car. Both hubcaps are on the left side of his car in following scenes. See more »

Quotes

Tim: One, two, three, four, five, SIX.
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Crazy Credits

In the theatrical version, after all of the credits have rolled there is a scene shot from inside of a closet looking out into a darkened room with a boy sleeping. The boy awakes and asks his mother (not pictured) to shut the closet door. Footsteps are heard as she approaches the door, but as she closes it, there is a huge slam noise and the screen cuts to a blue screen displaying, "This film was rated PG-13". See more »

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References Psycho (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Bodega
Written by Ali Dee (as Ali Theodore) and Zach Danziger
Performed by Boomish
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Typical January Horror Flick
18 April 2005 | by See all my reviews

Tim (Barry Watson) must return to his childhood home and confront the visions that have terrified him his whole life. When he gets there, the evil forces behind the visions are given another chance to get their hands on him.

The story sounds a lot like Darkness Falls from a few years back. That film was pretty disappointing but it was pretty stylish. Boogeyman is more or less the same. It offers a few decent scares and it is pretty stylish. However, the film is kind of a joke, using cheap tactics to scare it's audience. The attempted scares are all cheap loud noises, which might make you jump if you watch the movie in a theater full of girls. There were maybe a few scenes that did scare me. Like the first fifteen minutes or so are pretty creepy but then the film falls back into generic land. It rates a three on the horror scale.

The acting isn't as bad as one would expect. Barry Watson gives a decent performance but he isn't good enough to truly save the film. Emily Deschanel also gives a decent performance, nothing special. Lucy Lawless has a small role and she makes the most out of it. Skye McCole Bartusiak offers the worst performance and her character is pretty pointless. Director Stephen T. Kay can't really build up suspense well. All he does is film the main character scaring himself to death and it all becomes a bit silly after awhile.

A big problem with the film is the script. It's very poor and it doesn't make a lot of sense. The ending is especially random and nothing is explained at all. The reason why the story is weak is because of the very short running time. 85 minutes is too short to tell a real effective story with this type of material. If they had bothered to write a decent story with decent scares then the movie would have been a lot better. However they didn't and Boogeyman ends up being a ridiculous and disappointing horror film. In the end, while better than The Grudge, this lame horror film is still not really worth watching. Rating 5/10


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