The latest in a series of horror movies with the exact same plot but different titles, "Boogeyman" tells the story of a troubled young man who witnessed his dad die at the hands of an evil ghost when he was little and now has returned to face his demons - only to realize that the ghost really exists. If this doesn't sound like "Darkness Falls" and a dozen others I don't where you've been, but the results are about the same.
While I never had high hopes for "Boogeyman," you can always be hopeful that there will be a few good scary moments. And "Boogeyman" does have a few creepy scenes, including one where poor Barry Watson in the lead is accosted by a bunch of dead children (who amazingly never show up again for the rest of the movie) and another where we finally catch a glimpse of the ghost. Unfortunately, those scenes come few and far between, and by the end of the movie you've realized what a complete disaster it has become.
Watson isn't that bad in the lead, but with so little to work with we never really get much out of him. Most disappointing is the supporting cast, which include two equally uninteresting (and not especially attractive) young women and a creepy little girl who actually has the most established resume of anyone involved in the production. If I'm going to watch a bad movie I'd at least like some eye candy.
It used to be the case that horror movies don't need much of a plot, but that's really not true anymore. The most successful horror movies generally have at least an outline of a plot, or are stylistically interesting enough to cover up plot holes. The better the plot and the more interesting the characters, the scarier movies become. "Boogeyman" has none of this. I still don't know why the Boogeyman was killing people, and I don't really care.
Still, everything could have been salvaged by a good ending, but like with most horror movies the ending really sucks. What started out as a creepy villain turns into a poorly-animated computerized ghost; the movie's ending is so filled with cheesy and downright crappy special effects that I completely lost interest with about fifteen minutes to go. I had only partially lost interest before then.
There have been worse horror movies out there, but that doesn't mean "Boogeyman" is anywhere close to being good.
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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