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Boogeyman (2005)

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

Director:

Stephen Kay

Writers:

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

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Cast

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
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Storyline

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?

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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 »

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Details

Country:

USA | New Zealand | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 February 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Babaroga See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$19,020,655, 6 February 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$46,752,382

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$67,192,859
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Runtime:

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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Eric Kripke, who wrote the screenplay for this film, would go on to reference the film in an episode of his show Supernatural (2005). See more »

Goofs

When the tub of bathwater at the motel is shown from the side, it always has water in it. In all the overhead shots, it is empty and the drain is not plugged. See more »

Quotes

Tim: One, two, three, four, five, SIX.
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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 »

Connections

Followed by Boogeyman 3 (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Jazzacuba
Written by Ali Dee (as Ali Theodore) and Zach Danziger
Performed by Boomish
Courtesy of Dee Town Entertainment, Inc.
By Arrangement with Format
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Scary Effects, Promising but Empty Story, Awful and Ridiculous Conclusion
2 November 2005 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

Tim (Barry Watson) is a young man with a great trauma: when his father left his family sixteen years ago, in his imagination his father was indeed taken by the Boogeyman. In Thanksgiving, while visiting the family of his girlfriend Jessica (Tory Mussett), his uncle Mike (Philip Gordon) calls him informing that his mother has just passed away. Tim travels to his hometown, meets his former crush Kate Houghton (Emily Deschanel) and advised by his shrink, decides to spend the night is in old home to face the monster of his imagination. Along the night, weird events happen with Tim and his closest friends.

"Boogeyman" was really a great deception for me. I saw the trailer and I expected a promising story, exploring the fear of darkness of children through the American legend of the monster in the closet. (Note: in Brazil, we do not have the legend of the "monster in the closet". The legend of the Boogeyman does exist (it is called "Bicho-Papão"), but its location is not specified and certainly is not necessarily in a closet). However, the story is very empty, without explanation, and with an awful and ridiculous conclusion. In the DVD, there is a not good alternate ending, but better and better than the released conclusion. The scary effects and the music score are the best this movie can offer. "Boogeyman" is watchable, not a masterpiece of the genre, but also not among "the worst horror movies" as commented by some users. My vote is six.

Title (Brazil): "O Pesadelo" ("The Nightmare")


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