Boogeyman Preview

In Boogeyman, premiering Saturday, August 11 at 9PM (ET/PT), a group of young boys inadvertently free the creature from captivity. Going on a rampage, the Boogeyman, whose origin dates back to the time of Genesis, targets an innocent child – whose father is the town Sheriff (Eddie McClintock). Boogeyman also stars Emma Samms (General Hospital). The movie is a production of UFO Films.

I have to say I wasn’t expecting much out of Boogeyman, out of the gate it had 2 strikes against it.

  1. It’s a SyFy Channel original Horror movie. (these are traditionally bad)
  2. It’s about the Boogeyman.

I had to do my due diligence though, so when the screener arrived I popped it in the DVD player and watched.  Syfy has made this preview very difficult on me.  It is very easy to Preview/Review something that is either really good or really bad.  If a movie is really good you can extol its virtues and discuss what you loved about it.  On the other hand if a movie is really bad, then you can tear it apart scene from scene.  However in the case of Boogeyman, we have a mediocre movie.  They had a very interesting concept, but it took far too long to get around to actually explaining anything about it.  If they had just started out with it or explained it about 20 minutes in, then they could have delved deeper into the mythology, and it would have made for a much more interesting movie, as opposed to one that was just mildly entertaining to watch.

***** WARNING: What follows may contain minor spoilers, but you know you want to read it anyway! *****

Things that irritated me about Boogeyman:

  1. If you are going to lock away the ultimate evil and secure it with a padlock, don’t leave the key hanging on the wall next to the padlock.
  2. The store fronts for the town’s Main Street looked about as real as the sets for a High School play.
  3. I’m not sure where this is supposed to take place, but with this much fog it must be London, but no one has English accents.
  4. Why is it foggy in people’s houses?
  5. Seriously, just how much was SyFy’s budget for smoke machines?
  6. How and why did the Boogeyman get into a locked police cell, lash up a police officer and get out of the cell in just a couple of seconds.  All this, while leaving the prisoner in the cell alone.  This has nothing to do with the storyline, and doesn’t fit the Boogeyman’s modus operandi at all.  Or am I trying to add too much logic and reason to a SyFy horror movie?

Things that I liked about Boogeyman:

  1. The Police Chief gets a great line “You kids want to learn about pepper spray?”.  I always love a good one liner.
  2. It’s nice to see that Sheriff Carter’s (Eureka) old jeeps can still get work after the series was prematurely cancelled. (Six Seasons and a Movie!)
  3. The classics never get old.  After all, what is a movie about a supernatural maniac killer without a group of teenagers in the woods getting drunk, doing drugs, and having sex?
  4. I thought the Boogeyman looked pretty good; the CGI/Prosthetics used were quite good.
  5. I really enjoyed the explanation of the Boogeyman, I just wish they had done more with it.

Final Thoughts:

Other than the very poor acting by the children, Boogeyman was actually a pretty enjoyable movie.  I went into it with low expectations, I mean how much can you expect from a movie titled Boogeyman?  But I was pleasantly surprised.  If I had to rate it on a scale of 1 to 10, I would probably give it a 5.5.