Bride of Boogedy

Movie review by
Tracey Petherick, Common Sense Media
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Made-for-TV comedy horror sequel is spooky but silly.
  • NR
  • 1987
  • 93 minutes

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A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Meant to entertain rather than educate.

Positive Messages

The importance of a positive attitude and an open heart. One scene shows you don't need gimmicks (in this case a magic cloak) to make friends, you just need to be a good person.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The Davis family is warm, loving, and supportive, though the corniness of the parents, Carleton and Eloise, might make you cringe. Mr. Boogedy is portrayed as angry and aggressive.

Violence & Scariness

The mood is spooky and sinister right from the off with classic horror motifs like ghost stories round a campfire, owls calling, wolves howling, thunder and lightning, creepy music, dark shadows, and wicked laughter. Occasional jump scares. However, much of the spookiness is tempered by humor -- for example, the scary opening scene turns out to be a Halloween prank. A character has a sinister laugh, disfigured face, and green glowing eyes. A character becomes possessed by another, but this is largely played for laughs.

Sexy Stuff
Language

"God" is used as an exclamation. 

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Bride of Boogedy is a Disney made-for-TV comedy horror sequel to Mr. Boogedy with scares throughout that could upset sensitive kids. Mr. Boogedy (Howard Witt) -- back to haunt the Davis family home -- is sinister and shouty with a disfigured face and penchant for menacing laughter. However, he doesn't actually do anything dangerous or violent. There are lots of spooky scenes including graveyards at night, wolves howling, thunder and lightning, and ominous, tension-building music. Mr. Boogedy is brought back from the dead by a séance, which may be too much for younger viewers. That said, there is also plenty of silliness and the overall tone is clearly supposed to be light-hearted. For example, in one scene, Mr. Boogedy possesses Carleton (Richard Masur), but it's played for laughs rather than scares. With little depth in terms of characters or positive messages -- apart from a warm, loving family that sticks together -- this spook-show won't make a big impression. But it's entertaining enough for families who don't scare too easy.

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What's the story?

The sequel to Mr. Boogedy, BRIDE OF BOOGEDY is set one year after wholesome pranksters the Davis family defeated the ghost of Mr. Boogedy (Howard Witt) who was haunting their house. When teen Jennifer (Tammy Lauren) thinks she has spotted Mr. Boogedy in the woods, and her younger brothers both have the same nightmare in which they visit the ghost's grave, their parents Carleton (Richard Masur) and Eloise (Mimi Kennedy) stage a fake séance to try and reassure their children that everything's ok. But the joke backfires when Mr. Boogedy rises from the grave, this time determined to retrieve his magic cloak and find his lost love, Marion. Will the family survive another haunting and get rid of Mr. Boogedy once and for all? 

Is it any good?

A made-for-TV feature from the Magical World of Disney stable, this 1980s comedy horror is either deliciously spoofy and self-aware or embarrassingly corny and dated. Younger viewers will no doubt presume the latter -- and they might be right. A confusing mixture of bad jokes and slapstick alongside genuinely spooky frights -- séances, the undead, characters being possessed -- makes it hard to know who Bride of Boogedy is aiming at. The silliness level would suit younger kids but the scary stuff makes it only really suitable for tweens or older.

In its defense, Bride of Boogedy does do a great job of building tension with its classic horror movie motifs and ominous music. And although Carleton and Eloise's prankster schtick might grate, you can't help but like them. Despite its flaws -- and some frankly bizarre plot lines -- Bride of Boogedy will still entertain families who like scary stories, but it's definitely best enjoyed with a pinch of salt. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the scarier moments in Bride of Boogedy. Did the fact the movie contained comedic moments make it less scary? Why do you think people like watching movies that combine humor and peril? Do you think Bride of Boogedy strikes the right balance of both? How much scary stuff can kids handle?

  • How do you think special effects influence the impact of scary scenes? Do modern special effects mean that horror movies are scarier now than they used to be? Are the effects as important as the story and characters?

  • How does Bride of Boogedy compare to modern comedy horror movies like Goosebumps? Which do you prefer and why? 

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