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.”