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This one wasn't all that bad of an effort. One of it's stronger points is the fact that it plays incredibly well with the concept of the new boogeyman at the center of the film. Bringing aboard a culturally-specific boogeyman that not many are familiar with or now about is a slightly-original touch that makes this somewhat more engaging than just a regular boogeyman on the loose effort. Not only does that work nicely but there's also the general specifics of the legend to take into account due to that specific boogeyman, including the idea of kidnapping bad children and stealing them away into his special sack to be dealt with later that invokes specific viewpoints of the story as well as the focus on that culture for the characters which allows it to make sense to feature the creature. This one utilizes that setup to launch into a strong series of confrontations that provides this one with plenty to like about the creature appearing in the community, from the opening appearance at the guy's house to abduct the brother to the later appearance at the teenage girls' house who keeps seeing the being in her selfie's and then finally the great scene of it appearing in their house to abduct the sister which is rather creepy and enjoyable how it plays off with the switch in its target. The finale as well is incredibly strong and enjoyable with the entity chasing them through it's underground lair following the abduction of the older sister as that allows for some creepy work to be had within the confines of a creepy location as they try to get away and lead into the final battle that has plenty to really like about it. As well as the strong and truly worthwhile practical effects-work, these here are what hold this one up over it's few minor negative aspects. The main detriment working against the film is the setup here involving the initial reasoning for her house-arrest, as this doesn't make any sense in the slightest as to how she got involved in that considering it's the setup for the entire film. This one gives it such a lousy reasoning for the girl to get that sentence that's generally ignored for large sections of the film with only a few passing mentions making it somewhat questionable why it was brought up since it played no real part in the story. As well, the continuous rounds of cliches present, from the doubting authorities and the mysterious stranger who's on their side all along to the strange coincidence that turns out to be the missing clue they needed to understand the creature and its purpose. The last flaw here is the rather low amount of stalking scenes present here due to the vast majority of the middle portion of the film staying on the investigation of the incidents and getting everyone onto her side in order to fight the creature. Despite not limping along with a dull investigation since it's focus is on the neighbor who's actually on their side unknowingly, this stays interesting but it doesn't provide the continuous creature attacks that are usually found here. Otherwise, there isn't much else really wrong here.
Rated Unrated/R: Violence, Language and children-in-jeopardy.
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