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The Boogeyman (1982)

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


Jeff Schiro (as Jeffrey C. Schiro)


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


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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The scariest things...
26 May 2004 | by tabaddonSee all my reviews

The scariest things about this ultra-low budget short are the opening titles and jarring score that tries far too hard to mimic Wendy Carlos' 'The Shining' score. It does not succeed.

Even as a student film, it's contrived and poorly executed. Framing is off (and not in an 'artistic' way), direction seems scatterbrained (and not in a 'good horror film' way), and the soundtrack seems out of sync in places (enough to draw attention away from the story). The climactic end scene is anything but, and even confusing.

Steer clear of this slow, tired adaptation - it doesn't represent the story well at all - and read King's original composition. The out-of-print VHS (part of the 'Nightshift Collection') is only worth hunting down if you're a serious collector of Stephen King or amateur/student horror attempts.

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

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