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The Boogey Man (1980)

R | | Horror | 7 November 1980 (USA)
Through the reflection in the mirror, a girl witnesses her mother's boyfriend's murder.

Director:

Ulli Lommel

Writers:

Ulli Lommel (screenplay), Suzanna Love (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Suzanna Love ... Lacey
Ron James Ron James ... Jake
John Carradine ... Dr. Warren
Nicholas Love ... Willy
Raymond Boyden Raymond Boyden ... Kevin
Felicite Morgan Felicite Morgan ... Aunt Helen
Bill Rayburn Bill Rayburn ... Uncle Ernest
Llewelyn Thomas ... Father Reilly
Jay Wright ... Young Willy
Natasha Schiano Natasha Schiano ... Young Lacey
Gillian Gordon Gillian Gordon ... Lacey and Willy's Mother
Howard Grant ... The Lover
Jane Pratt Jane Pratt ... Jane
Lucinda Ziesing Lucinda Ziesing ... Susan
David Swim David Swim ... Timmy
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Storyline

A young girl witnesses her brother murder a man through a reflection in a mirror. Twenty years later the mirror is shattered, freeing his evil spirit, which seeks revenge for his death. Written by David Swim <dave@fraust.com>

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Taglines:

The most terrifying nightmare of childhood is about to return!

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Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 November 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Boogeyman See more »

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Budget:

$300,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

| (extended)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The house used for the exterior shots of Lacy and Willy's childhood home is located in La Plata, Maryland, and in 2004 was severely damaged by a tornado. See more »

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The knife Willy takes from the dish of discarded chicken bones is not the same knife that Jake was using to carve with. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Warren: Your mother, did she date other men?
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Alternate Versions

Although passed uncut for cinema the film fell foul of the UK's Video Nasty controversy, and the 1992 video release suffered 44 secs of cuts with edits to shots of a bloody topless woman in a bathtub and a dream scene where Lacey is dragged along a floor and tied to a bed. The film was later passed fully uncut in the UK in 2000. See more »

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Instantly forgettable video nasty
6 April 2012 | by tomgillespie2002See all my reviews

Like many horror films back in the 1980's (and even today), The Boogeyman takes its influence from John Carpenter's landmark in horror, Halloween (1978). While Michael Myers was the physical embodiment of the 'boogeyman' legend (I say legend, but it is more a term given to whatever scares little children at night), Ulli Lommel's shockingly s**t video nasty goes the extra mile and adds a supernatural spin to the story in the shape of a haunted mirror.

The quite effective opening has a young girl and boy spying on their slutty mother as she seduces a man with a stocking on his head. They are spotted, and the man ties the boy to a bed while they have sex in another room. The girl cuts him loose with a large knife, and the boy then uses it to murder the man. Years later, the boy Willy (Nicholas Love) is mute, and the girl, Lacey (Suzanna Love), is psychologically troubled by the events of her childhood. Her psychiatrist Dr. Warren (John Carradine, looking like he's hoping nobody will notice his presence in the film) advises her husband Jake (Ron James) that she should go back to her childhood home to confront her demons. She does, and while there she sees the man wearing the stocking in the bedroom mirror, which she smashes. Jake pieces together the mirror and takes it home, when strange deaths start occurring.

Yes, this is as daft as it sounds. Horror movies have long made killers out of strange things (tomatoes, clowns, a house), but a mirror that influences suicides? Mmm. It's one of the strangest choices for a killer 'bad guy' I've come across in horror since the strangely likable Death Bed: The Bed That Eats (1977). If anything, this at least separates it from other mundane entries into the slasher genre, but the film struggles along trying to juggle a story a sibling connection, psychological torment, and standard stalk-and-slash. There is a half- decent death involving a 'long kiss', but apart from this, it is instantly forgettable.

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