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Don't Look Under the Bed (1999)

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.


Kenneth Johnson
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Credited cast:
Erin Chambers ... Frances Bacon McCausland
Ty Hodges ... Larry Houdini (as Eric 'Ty' Hodges II)
Robin Riker ... Karen McCausland
Steve Valentine ... Boogeyman
Mary Parker Williams Mary Parker Williams ... Ms. Readle
Geoff Hansen 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 Ruth Hale ... Old Zoe
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cody Cowdell Cody Cowdell ... Library Child #1
Frank Gerrish ... Driving Instructor
Travis Holt Hamilton ... Johnny - Student


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.

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One of two Disney Channel productions where Ty Hodges plays a character named Larry. The other was Even Stevens (2000). 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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Written by Jon Lind (as John Land) and Allee Willis
Performed by Earth Wind & Fire
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Childhood Memories
21 September 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Erin Chambers and Ty Hodges star in this Disney feature film where young teen Chambers is haunted from her past by a childhood memory. Hodges is the boogeyman come to life.

According to Boogey legend an imaginary childhood friend should not be discarded so easily lest they become the feared boogeyman. So it was with Chambers's brother who lost his faith in the existence of imaginary friends during a serious illness. Now the friend has come to life and trying to reverse the curse.

Watching the film put me in mind of my niece when she was small. The elder of two sisters she had imaginary playmates, but she grew out of them after a fashion. Her younger sister never took up that particular fantasy though.

Chambers is way too old for the part she sure didn't look a convincing 14. That's the way it is, always casting people too old for teens in Hollywood. Still in her case she couldn't convince me she was a juvenile try as she may.

Don't Look Under The Bed is a charming fantasy which would have worked better with a real teen lead.

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Release Date:

9 October 1999 (USA) See more »

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Ogden, Utah, USA See more »

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16:9 HD
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