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"Boogeyman"

by Michael Handorf
Handorf@comcast.net

Barry Watson. Emily Deschanel. Horror.

Synopsis: A young man goes back to the house in which he was tormented by the Boogeyman as a child, in an attempt to face his fears.

Review: The trailers proclaim that this is the 'scariest movie ever.' It probably is, if you're afraid of spending $6 on a horrible movie.  But even by those standards, Alone in the Dark would then reign supreme.

Tim has spent his life being afraid of closets.  In fact, at his apartment, none of the closets or cupboards have doors. His father was abducted by the Boogeyman when he was 10, but everyone told him that he made up the story, that he just couldn't deal with his father leaving.

Anyway, it's 15 years later, and Tim is traveling to his old stomping grounds for Thanksgiving when his mother dies.  This is the impetus to get him back to his childhood home, where he intends to (yawn) confront his childhood demon.

I have to admit that for about 10 minutes during the middle of this film, I thought that the screenwriter had created a somewhat unique twist to the whole Boogeyman mythos, and that this was going to accelerate rapidly into a great film.  But once again, I overestimated the filmmakers' intelligence, while they insulted mine.

This movie covered so many horror clichés - children's mental ward, check; abandoned country house, check; funeral, check - that I was almost disappointed when the film ended and I hadn't seen the obligatory black cat jump out from behind a closed door.

OVERALL GRADE: D-

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