Boogeyman

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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A bloated 86 minutes of overzealous spookiness.
  • PG-13
  • 2005
  • 86 minutes

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 7 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 19 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive messages
Violence

Near constant peril, reference to child abandonment, children threatened, adults abducted violently, death or disappearance of several characters, creepy dream/imagined sequences, supernatural threats.

Sex

Sexual references, brief nudity, non-explicit bathtub scene.

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, drugs & smoking

Characters drink to celebrate and to escape; references to drunkenness.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie tries everything possible to be a scary horror movie but retain its PG-13 rating. Family members disappear violently, animals panic, children are strange, corpses lunge, lights frequently go out for no reason, there is an aural assault of haunting sounds, and no one believes the main character. A character watches as loved ones are tossed around and then taken from him, a child is shut in a closet as a cure for being scared, another child is separated from her family. There are references to sex and a character is naked (non-explicit). Characters drink to drunkenness at a party and there are references to drinking, as well as a jarring product placement.

User Reviews

Parent Written byPlague October 20, 2010

Boogeyman

Ultimately boring. CSM should add a "why did this movie ever manage to spawn its exsistance" concern button.
Adult Written bydudelydad2 April 9, 2008

stupid but ok also

this is a scary movie but had no plot and a lame ending this was just like non-stop voilence with absolutely no story the whole movie i spent time covering my 1...
Kid, 12 years old November 8, 2010

Fine but you should watch a lot of others before this

I just saw this movie, it was scary but it was not good. The beginning of the movie was very well done but then it just got dumb. The movie was kind of like a 3...
Teen, 14 years old Written byMeow314159 August 15, 2010

UNINTENTIONALLY FUNNY

I completely agree with the review below me. When I saw this movie I wanted to hit myself in the head with a lamp. It was so lame that it was almost funny. I...

What's the story?

Eight-year-old Tim Jenson is scarred for his life before BOOGEYMAN'S title sequence rolls. He went to bed one night jumping at shadows in his rural, gothic home and watched in horror as his closet violently swallowed his father. Fast-forward 15 years and Tim (Barry Watson), now a twitchy lygophobic with a tendency to stand staring at dark closets, returns home for a funeral. He alone sees that all dark places -- under the bed, in the closet, behind the pantry door -- are potential lurking spots for the boogeyman. At the off-hand recommendation of his psychologist and to further the plot, he must face his childhood fears, including that of his supernatural closet.

Is it any good?

The storyline is thinner than the protagonist's stereotyped rich girlfriend, and there's enough lead-heavy dialogue to sink a movie of twice the caliber. BOOGEYMAN is a bloated 86 minutes of overzealous spookiness, to be admired primarily by aspiring sound-effects specialists. The movie cuts to the chase quickly but then wallows in atmospherics. Lengthy scenes reveal nothing more than predictable, two-dimensional characters. Ominous portent is constant. The creaking house, unnerving close-ups, quick cuts, and flickering lights might make some viewers seasick and others wish they could TiVo to the final confrontation.

 

Touches of humor, some genuinely spooky moments, and the occasional flash of decent acting keep this movie a notch above straight-to-video caliber. Watching Tim at the child counseling center offers a hint that this movie could be richer, more interesting fare, but then the next scene -- a possible boogeyman lurking behind a ceiling tile -- tugs us back to the over-the-top forcedness of it all.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the legend of the boogeyman, who appears in many cultures as a warning to misbehaving children. The psychologist discusses how children might turn to supernatural explanations as a coping mechanism for feelings of loss or powerlessness. How do modern stories use scary characters or the supernatural to guide behavior now? Urban legends often have an element of the supernatural, how might they derive from older tales, like those of the boogeyman?

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