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"The Boogeyman" - movie review

"The Boogeyman: A Promising Premise Hindered by Cheap Scares"




In theaters this week, horror fans eagerly anticipate "The Boogeyman," the highly anticipated adaptation of the Stephen King novel of the same name. With a premise that holds great potential and an interesting story, audiences hoped for a thrilling and terrifying experience. However, as much as I admire director Rob Savage and his previous works, such as his top 10 films for HMU in the past two years, I must confess that "The Boogeyman" left me sorely disappointed.


One of the subtle similarities between the book and the film lies in the exploration of the universal concept of the boogeyman. As every culture has its own version of this fear-inducing entity, "The Boogeyman" aims to tap into the collective nightmares of the audience. Unfortunately, it fails to capture the terror that the concept could have invoked. Instead, the film resorts to overuse of cheap scares and unbelievable antics, diminishing the overall impact.


The cast, including Sophie Thatcher, Chris Messina, and Vivien Lyra Blair, delivers exceptional performances. Vivien Lyra Blair, in particular, exhibits great potential and is undoubtedly a future leading lady in the making. However, even with such talented actors, the film fails to capitalize on their abilities due to the lackluster execution of the scares and plot.


As an admirer of Savage's previous works, I expected "The Boogeyman" to present a truly disturbing and terrifying monster. Savage has an eye for creating visually striking and unsettling creatures, and in this regard, "The Boogeyman" does not disappoint. The design and execution of the monster are commendable, instilling a sense of dread and unease whenever it appears on screen. The creature's menacing presence and unique characteristics make it a standout element of the film.


One of the film's biggest issues is its lack of entertainment value. Despite having a different storyline from the failed straight-to-DVD film of the same name, "The Boogeyman" shares the same problem—it fails to captivate and engage the audience. The film feels more akin to "Lil Monsters" than to a thought-provoking horror film like "The Babadook." It seems that Savage and his crew missed the mark on their intended vision.


In conclusion, "The Boogeyman" falls short of its potential. While the premise and the cast showed promise, the film's overreliance on cheap scares and its inability to deliver a truly terrifying experience hindered its success. Despite the exceptional performances, the lackluster execution left much to be desired. Therefore, with a heavy heart, we at HMU can only award "The Boogeyman" a 2/5 rating. Let's hope Savage's future endeavors will recapture the essence of his previous works and deliver the horror experience we crave.


The BOOGEYMAN in theaters now everywhere. It is directed by Rob Savage and stars Sophie Thatcher, Chris Messina and Vivien Lyra Blair.


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