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Boogey man - Threat still potent

by Ano Puchalski, staff writer


The fabled “Boogey Man,” used to scare children for as long as anyone can remember. Now it is brought to life by producers Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert and director Stephen Kay, the same team that produced the American The Grudge.


Barry Watson, who played Matt Camden, in the TV series, 7th Heaven, plays Tim, an associate magazine editor, plagued by memories of horrific childhood events.

As an 8-year-old boy, Timmy watched in horror as his father was viciously attacked and killed by the title character after attempting to reassure his son that the boogey man did not exist. Despite years of psychiatric treatment, designed to convince him that what he witnessed as a child was just a way of dealing with his father’s abandonment of the family, Tim develops a phobia of closets and other symptoms of paranoia.

He wakes up in cold sweats, is visited by his dead mother, and often feels something is lurking in the shadows behind every closed door. His apartment serves as a testament to his severe phobia of anything with doors. Even his refrigerator has a glass door; his rooms have an unusual number of ceiling and plug-in lights, and all the room and cupboard doors have been removed from their hinges.

When Tim’s mother dies, his psychologist advises that he spend a night at the old house to help him overcome his phobia. Freakish things start happening. Ghosts of missing children appear, a little girl starts following him around town, doors in the house mysteriously slam shut, and people start to go missing. In time-honored horror movie tradition, Tim denies the fate that lies before him and courageously faces his fears head-on. Does he live to tell about it?

If you’re looking for a good story line, with a great plot, then Boogey Man isn’t the film for you. However, if you are looking for non-stop jolts and heart-pounding suspense, then this is the movie to watch.

Boogey Man uses psychological scares, like The Others, but also manages to shove in enough heart-pounding suspense and false jumps, and delivers more than enough cheap thrills to make us forgive plot holes.

In its third week, this film was ranked No.2 and had grossed more than $41 million. Film Threat said, “This film does cause shivers, creeps, scares, and jumps. It may even make you scream a bit.”




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