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The Boogey Man (1980)

R | | Horror | 7 November 1980 (USA)
Through the reflection in the mirror, a girl witnesses her mother's boyfriend's murder.

Director:

Ulli Lommel

Writers:

Ulli Lommel (screenplay), Suzanna Love (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Suzanna Love ... Lacey
Ron James Ron James ... Jake
John Carradine ... Dr. Warren
Nicholas Love ... Willy
Raymond Boyden Raymond Boyden ... Kevin
Felicite Morgan Felicite Morgan ... Aunt Helen
Bill Rayburn Bill Rayburn ... Uncle Ernest
Llewelyn Thomas ... Father Reilly
Jay Wright ... Young Willy
Natasha Schiano Natasha Schiano ... Young Lacey
Gillian Gordon Gillian Gordon ... Lacey and Willy's Mother
Howard Grant ... The Lover
Jane Pratt Jane Pratt ... Jane
Lucinda Ziesing Lucinda Ziesing ... Susan
David Swim David Swim ... Timmy
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Storyline

A young girl witnesses her brother murder a man through a reflection in a mirror. Twenty years later the mirror is shattered, freeing his evil spirit, which seeks revenge for his death. Written by David Swim <dave@fraust.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The most terrifying nightmare of childhood is about to return!

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Boogeyman See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$300,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$4,500,000, 15 October 1980

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$35,000,000, 31 December 2003
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (extended)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

A poster of the film can be seen in the background of one of the scenes in the film Blowout. See more »

Goofs

When Lacey and Kevin are at the lake and Kevin says, "Mommy, mommy, I caught a fish, I caught a fish!" He is shouting, yet it is clearly Lacey doing the reeling in - you can see her shirtsleeves and it is a female adults arms and hands. Even more obviously, little Kevin is wearing a long-sleeved jacket. See more »

Quotes

Willy: The well!
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Alternate Versions

The budget UK DVD by 'Hollywood Video' is fully uncut, under the title 'Boogeyman'. This is also available as a double-sided disc, paired with the sequel. See more »

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Followed by Return of the Boogeyman (1994) See more »

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Baby Go Bye Bye
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12 March 2008 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

The Boogeyman (1980)

*** (out of 4)

As a child, Willy killed his mother's lover and all of it was reflected in a mirror and witnessed by his sister Lacey. Now, as adults, Lacey (Suzanna Love) begins to struggle so her husband recommend she go see a doctor (John Carradine). The doctor recommends she return to her childhood home and when she does she sees that mirror and breaks it. Soon a possession and murders follow.

Ulli Lommel's THE BOOGEYMAN is a rather effective horror film that I've always felt deserved to have a much better reputation. People have said it borrowed from HALLOWEEN and various possession films and perhaps it did but at the same time it has such a unique and weird atmosphere that you can't help get drawn into its story and the characters. THE BOOGEYMAN certainly deserves to be better remembered as it is quite effective.

The film shows what a talented director can do whenever he doesn't have too much money. The film has a terrific atmosphere that comes from the director's sense of style and especially the camera work. Just check out the sequence when Lacey is looking around the old house and the camera just basically floats around her making it seems as if someone is there waiting for her. The ending is also quite effective with the director using various color tints to build up a strong atmosphere.

The entire film really has a raw and creepy feel to it and all the credit must go to Lommel. The performances are a mixed bag but I think Love, while not the greatest actress, at least manages to keep us caught up in the story. You've also got John Carradine who shows up for a couple scenes, which means he was probably on the set for a day or two at most. The special effects are quite effective and especially the now somewhat notorious scissor death.

THE BOOGEYMAN has probably had its reputation lowered due to a couple really awful sequels, which is too bad because this is a rather effective movie.


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