Rated: R Reviewed by: Chris Release date: February 4, 2005 Released by: Sony Pictures
Most kids are afraid of the boogeyman who hides under their beds or in their closets. He only comes out when mom or dad turns out the lights and closes the door at night, and then he scares the living daylights out of them.
That’s the idea behind Boogeyman. I only know that in my imagination, my childhood boogeyman was a lot scarier than anything this sorry excuse for a horror film comes up with.
Tim (Barry Watson from TV's “7th Heaven") goes back to his hometown when his mother dies to attend the funeral and face his childhood demons.
Through flashbacks, we see Tim’s father trying to teach him to deal with his fears by shutting him in a closet and telling him that if he counts to six, everything bad will disappear. When his father leaves Tim explains his disappearance by telling others that the boogeyman took him away.
Tim decides to spend the night in his old house which has been empty for years. The inside is covered in plastic sheets as his uncle is planning to fix up the place soon.
Tim’s fears consist of a shadowy figure coming out of the dark closet and dragging him back in, to do what is never clear, but something terrible of course. As an adult he wants to confront this evil spirit and get rid of it once and for all!
Everything that happens in Tim’s house has happened in almost every other horror film. The hanging plastic rustles in the wind mysteriously moving through the house, children’s voices whispering in the background, doors slamming when no one is there, and our hero is frightened by an image in the mirror.
That Boogeyman offers nothing new is not the only disappointment, the special effects are amateurish as well. When the title character finally makes an appearance, he’s not worth waiting for.