Boogeyman 1-3 (2005)(2007)(2008)

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Friday, August 2, 2013

Boogeyman 1-3 (2005)(2007)(2008)

I originally saw the first film in this series back in 2006 and thought it was an interesting idea and enjoyed it.  I watched it again earlier today and noticed the flaws starting to come creeping through.  Still an enjoyable film but not quite as excellent as I remember it, but can anything be terrible that has Emily Deschanel in it?

Boogeyman (2005)

  • Actors: Barry Watson, Emily Deschanel, Lucy Lawless, Skye McCole Bartusiak, Tory Mussett
  • Directors: Stephen Kay
  • Writers: Eric Kripke, Juliet Snowden, Stiles White
  • Producers: Carsten H.W. Lorenz, Chloe Smith, Doug Lefler, Eric Kripke
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 31, 2005
  • Run Time: 89 minutes

In this chilling horror movie, Barry Watson stars as Tim, a young man who must return to his childhood home and confront the terrifying visions that have haunted him all his life.

On the surface, Tim is a seemingly normal, twenty-something guy.  He’s got a decent job and is moving fast in his relationship with his girlfriend Jessica.  But an intense, paralyzing fear that has been terrifying him since childhood is tearing him apart.  And it’s getting worse every day.

When Tim was eight, something devastating happened.  Each night his dad would put him to sleep with a bedtime story.  Many of these stories teetered on the brink of horror, much to his mom’s chagrin, but Tim and his father made sure his bedroom was safe when the lights finally went out.  Until that one fateful night.  As Tim watched from his bed, paralyzed with fear, his father was violently sucked into the closet, and was never seen or heard from again.

Tim is terrified that the Boogeyman will someday return and take him as he has taken so many before.  Until now he has coped by eliminating opportunities for the Boogeyman to get to him.  He has removed every dark corner in his apartment; there are no closets, and his bed is on the floor so the evil force has nowhere to hide.  The thought of getting a jacket out of a closet sends him spiraling into terror.  When Tim is forced to move outside his comfort zone on a Thanksgiving trip to Jessica’s parents, he leaves this protected world and things begin to fall apart.

Tim turns to the only other person who understands and shares his fear, Franny, a precocious and mysterious young girl who first appeared at his mother’s funeral.  It turns out that Tim and the little girl have something in common.  She is the only one who sees what he sees......and Tim draws on Franny’s courage and advice to face the Boogeyman once and for all.  But when he discovers that Franny was abducted years ago and has been missing ever since, he realizes that the line separating what is real and what is not has vanished.  Now Tim must fight to put the evil force and the demons to rest in a final battle to save his life.  But how can he know what is real and what is imagined?

Boogeyman 2 (2007)

  • Actors: Tobin Bell, Danielle Savre, Matthew Cohen, Christine Griffith, Michael Graziadei
  • Directors: Jeff Betancourt
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 8, 2008
  • Run Time: 93 minutes

The term giallo derives from a series of crime-mystery pulp novels entitled Il Giallo Mondadori (which translates as the Mondadori Yellow Books), first published by the Mondadori publishing house, starting in 1929, and taking its name from the trademark yellow cover background.  For Italian audiences, the term "giallo" has come to refer to any kind of thriller, regardless of where it was made. Thus American, British or other thrillers such as Psycho, Vertigo or Peeping Tom are, for Italian-speaking audiences, examples of gialli.  For English-speaking audiences however, the term has over time come to refer only to a very specific type of Italian-produced thriller which Italian audiences have historically referred to as "thrilling all'italiana" (in other words, thrillers in an Italian style) or, sometimes, "spaghetti thrillers".  So, for Italian audiences, the term "giallo" denotes a broad genre (the thriller film in general), but to English-speaking fans denotes only the specific subgroup of thrillers that were actually produced in Italy (Dario Argento for example).

The film subgenre that emerged from these novels in the 1960s began as literal adaptations of the books, but soon began taking advantage of modern cinematic techniques to create a unique genre which veered into horror and psychological thrillers.  The giallo film genre proved to be a major influence on the later slasher film genre.

Boogeyman 2 is a 2007 direct-to-video horror film directed by Jeff Betancourt and starring Danielle Savre.  It is the sequel to the 2005 film Boogeyman.  Despite being a direct-to-DVD release, the film received a very rare theatrical run in some countries including Russia, Italy, Mexico and Venezuela.

Laura Potter has suffered a lifelong fear of the boogeyman after witnessing the murder of her mother as a child.  Fed up with her phobia, she checks herself into a mental health facility in order to confront her fears and try to find some therapeutic closure.  Her fears, however, confront right back at her.  Other patients in the hospital begin dying in brutal and bloody ways.  Laura’s boogeyman has snuck into the hospital way past visiting hours and means to stay and slay all night long.

The other patients of the hospital are made up of a grab bag of assorted and varied phobias.  There’s the girl who’s a cutter and likes slicing herself when bored; the clean freak who’s constantly at work disinfecting his room; the eating disorder victims; those with a fear of the dark.  It’s like a swab of the American disturbed, all neatly arranged and lined up for inspection.  This variation mostly serves the film in prompting the general theme of each character’s brutal murder.  Many of the characters meet their demise in some twisted manner that plays directly upon their phobia.

This film is the sequel to the 2005 film, Boogeyman, however appears related in name only.Boogeyman 2 plays out somewhat like the giallos that slashers are inherently based upon.  The expected atmospheric closet monster is missing, and in its place we have a brutal murderer playing on everyone’s fears (including, of course, our heroine’s fear of the boogeyman).  The film becomes a sort of murderous who-dun-it as this monster is quite human and real. In standard giallo fashion, the film twists and double twists before revealing everything there is to know about the killer behind all the vicious, gory, and rather creative murders that Boogeyman 2 offers.

Boogeyman 3 (2008)

  • Actors: Erin Cahill, Chuck Hittinger, Mimi Michaels, Matt Rippy, Nikki Sanderson
  • Directors: Gary Jones
  • Writers: Brian Sieve, Eric Kripke
  • Producers: Andrew Pfeffer, J.R. Young, Jeffery Beach, John Cappilla, Phillip J. Roth
  • Language: English
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 20, 2009
  • Run Time: 94 minutes

Like Boogeyman 2, the third film is tangentially related to the movie prior to it.  It begins with Audrey (Nikki Sanderson), the daughter of Boogeyman 2's Dr. Allen (Tobin Bell), who died in the second film.  Audrey is a college student who discovers her father's journal, which hypothesizes that his patients' mere faith in the existence of the Boogeyman could actually make the monster real.  By reading this theory, then, the root of belief is planted in Audrey's mind, thus bringing the Boogeyman into reality.

One night, she comes crying to her friend Sarah (Erin Cahill), a fellow student who hosts a campus radio show. Sarah isn't sure what to make of Audrey's hysterical blubbering about a Boogeyman, but she lets her stay in her dorm room until she calms down.  Before they know it, rumors of the Boogeyman start to spread like an infection through the dorm, and the monster itself shows up to pick off Sarah's circle of friends one by one.  And with each death, belief in the Boogeyman grows, empowering the creature even further.

Unconvinced her roommate committed suicide, the co-ed tries convincing the rest of the dorm that the Boogeyman killed her.  Her dorm mates laugh it off, until the Boogeyman shows up again -- and students start dropping out. For good.

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