A young man tries to deal with the childhood terror that has never stopped haunting him.


Stephen Kay


Eric Kripke (story), Eric Kripke (screenplay) | 2 more credits »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Barry Watson ... Tim
Emily Deschanel ... Kate Houghton
Skye McCole Bartusiak ... Franny
Tory Mussett ... Jessica
Andrew Glover Andrew Glover ... Boogeyman
Lucy Lawless ... Tim's Mother
Charles Mesure ... Tim's Father
Philip Gordon Philip Gordon ... Uncle Mike
Aaron Murphy Aaron Murphy ... Young Tim
Jennifer Rucker Jennifer Rucker ... Pam
Scott Wills ... Co-Worker
Michael Saccente Michael Saccente ... Jessica's Dad
Louise Wallace Louise Wallace ... Jessica's Mom
Brenda Simmons Brenda Simmons ... Jessica's Grandma
Josie Tweed Josie Tweed ... Jessica's Sister


Every culture has one - The horrible monster fueling young children's nightmares. But for Tim, the BOGEYMAN still lives in his memories as a creature that devoured his father 16 years earlier. Is the BOGEYMAN real? Or did Tim make him up to explain why his father abandoned his family? The answer lies hidden behind every dark corner and half-opened closet of his childhood home - A place he must return to and face the chilling unanswered questions... Does the BOGEYMAN really exist?

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


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 »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »

Did You Know?


"Boogeyman" (2005) starred Barry Watson, while his 7th Heaven (1996) brother David Gallagher has a small role in Boogeyman 2 (2007). See more »


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 »


[from trailer]
Jessica: Hey, you're not getting weird on me again are you?
Tim: No.
See more »

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 »


Falling Home
Written by Dave Whitehead
Performed by Noisehead
Courtesy of White Noise Ltd
See more »

User Reviews

Not really that bad,with a few good scares,but still a bit of a missed opportunity
25 March 2005 | by DrLeneraSee all my reviews

Boogeyman really isn't all that bad. It's an OK horror movie which provides a few scares and thrills. The problem is it should have been so much better. After all the premise-what is it that little children are scared of at night which could come out of the cupboard-is a good one,not totally original,but not too familiar either.

After a genuinely scary opening,we have our usual setting up of plot and build up for a while,than the scares start again. There is one truly effective 'jump'involving one,than a whole room full of,ghost children.There has been a lot of criticism of the way films like this and The Grudge use lots of sudden shocks and images but it works for me! However,after this great scene,the film just had nowhere to go. The hero must confront his fear,and that's it. The filmmakers attempt to atone for this by having it's characters constantly passing from one place to another in a kind of teleportation but it becomes overused and laughable. The weak climax is not scary and considerably weakened by MTV-style directing so you can't see whats always going on {a bugbear of much recent cinema}. Still,at least the monster is only shown briefly,making it more effective.

You could do probably do worse than see Boogeyman,it holds the attention for the first half at least and it's a good one for teenagers who want to be scared a bit but not actually disturbed. However,after it's over you may just want to cry "is that it?". It's very annoying when a film starts off good and promises a lot but fails to deliver.

8 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 405 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »



USA | New Zealand | Germany



Release Date:

4 February 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Boogeyman See more »


Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,020,655, 6 February 2005

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed