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The Boogeyman (1982)

Unrated | | Horror, Short | 2 October 2010 (USA)
A man tries to explain to his psychiatrist that the Boogeyman is real and has been killing his children.

Director:

Jeff Schiro (as Jeffrey C. Schiro)

Writers:

Stephen King (short story), Jeff Schiro (as Jeffrey C. Schiro)
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Cast overview:
Michael Earl Reid ... Lester Billings (as Michael Reid)
Bert Linder Bert Linder ... Dr. Harper
Terence Brandy Terence Brandy ... Sgt. Garland
Mindy Silverman Mindy Silverman ... Rita Billings
Jerome Bynder Jerome Bynder ... Coroner
Bobby Persicelli Bobby Persicelli ... Denny
Michael D'Agostino Michael D'Agostino ... Andy
Nancy Lindeberg Nancy Lindeberg ... Neighbor
James Holmes James Holmes ... Husband
Ross Macdonald Ross Macdonald ... Cop #1
Dave Buff Dave Buff ... Cop #2
Rich West Rich West ... Attendant #1
John Coté John Coté ... Attendant #2
Brooke Trivas Brooke Trivas ... Dispatch Voice
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The three children of the separated family father Lester Billings are dead, like a psychiatrist tells, killed bye the Boogeyman. The worst thing for Billings is, that he has suspected that, when his first child died, and was sure, when his second child died. still he admitted that the Boogeyman took his third child. Now he believes, that the Boogeyman will take him too, and is afraid to open his closets at home. His psychiatrist understands him well, too well... Written by Franz-Josef Brinkkoetter <franjo@amclust2.amclust.mcnet.de>

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Horror | Short

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 October 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stephen King's Nightshift Collection Volume Two: The Boogyman See more »

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Decent Telling of the King Story
9 October 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

The Boogeyman (1982)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Stephen King adaptation has a father (Michael Read) being arrested for killing his child but the story he tells Dr. Harper (Bert Linder) is quite different than what the police think happened. The father claims that his son was murdered by the boogeyman who lived in his closet and he tells the doctor his story. This student film from Jeff Schiro actually managed to get released back in the day and while I think it has a few good moments the end result isn't quite as good as one would hope. I thought the first five minutes were quite effective and I think they really captured the heart of the story, which is meant to say that the boogeyman kid's fear is living in their closet is real and it can kill them. The middle section of the picture is where it drags as we get some rather boring dialogue scenes that I'm sure were meant to work as psychological horror but they never really reach a creepy level. The ending of the film finally picks up some but at 28-minutes there's no question that it feels a tad bit too long. The performances are really hit and miss but I thought both Read and Linder were fine, although I think some better editing could have helped both. The music score isn't all that good and appears to be trying to copy THE SHINING. With that said, fans of King's short story should get a few kicks out of this but a better version is certainly needed.


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