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Boogens [Blu-ray] (1981)

Rebecca Balding , Fred McCarren , James L. Conway  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Rebecca Balding, Fred McCarren, Anne-Marie Martin, Jeff Harlan, John Crawford
  • Directors: James L. Conway
  • Writers: David O'Malley
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Special Edition
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Olive Films
  • DVD Release Date: August 7, 2012
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0081XOK9A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,676 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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In a small town near Denver, two young men begin to explore a long-abandoned old mine recently re-opened by a group of minors. When one the men is discovered missing, his friends begin a search that leads them to horrifying consequences. They're all unaware of the evil that's been unleashed and soon, one by one, a monster that no one has seen snatches up the townspeople. Suddenly, the grisly truth is revealed and a young couple is forced to confront the unknown in order to save their lives... and the entire town. Directed by James L. Conway (Hanger 18).

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun example of a type of horror not made anymore. August 9, 2012
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The Boogens is a 1981 horror flick that has become a bit of a cult classic partially due to it's unavailability for almost 2 decades and partially for it's amusing title. It's just fun to say "Boogens". The film also has sentimental importance to me, as it was one of the horror flicks I saw with friends at the legendary Oritani grind house in Hackensack, N.J. A time when B movies were still released in a theater, where they belong, and a time I now cherish in this direct to DVD and VOD age. Now being given the chance to revisit this low budget chiller, it's time to answer the question of whether it's as fun as I remember or has time and nostalgia created a far better memory then it was a movie. And I'm happy to report it still is a fun flick, although 80s nostalgia does play a part. In a way, "Boogens" is a quintessential horror for the late 70s, early 80s with it's slow burn, creepy old man with ominous warnings, and nubile girls in skimpy bathrobes investigating noises in dark cellars. This is exactly the type of movie Ti West paid homage to in the recent "House Of The Devil". A few months later Evil Dead would arrive and crank horror flicks up to 11 and Jason was just getting started on his body count.
This 1981 horror stars Rebecca Balding ("Silent Scream") and takes place in rural Silver City, Colorado, a small mining town where the mines are being reopened for the first time since a supposed cave-in 70 years previous. But, unknown to two college grads (Fred McCarren and Jeff Harlan) working on the re-opening and their two nubile young ladies (Balding and the equally cute, Ann-Marie Martin), the mines were caved in on purpose and unsealing the tunnels unleashes our title creatures and they are quite hungry.
Boogens is well directed by James L.
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43 of 49 people found the following review helpful
Well, I wasn't exactly a kid when this gem of a film came out, and it didn't give me nightmares or make me afraid to go in the basement, but it was one of the most enjoyable movie dates ever with my future husband in December 1981. We liked it so much that we bought the VHS version as soon as we found that it was available in the 1990's, and made an anniversary tradition of sending the kids to grandma's, lighting a fire in the fireplace, turning out the lights and popping some Boogens into the VCR (we even brought it along to a hotel once). The tape lasted about a decade before becoming unwatchable a few years ago, so it will be terrific to be able to revive the tradition for our upcoming 30th anniversary. Thanks for releasing this long-awaited treat in DVD format!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A rare, shining gem in a tired, boring market June 19, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Wow! That's all I can say about this one. I first saw the Boogens when I was nine years old and it scared me so bad I couldn't even look under my bed for a week. I had to wait more than half a lifetime to find the movie again on VHS, but when I did it hadn't lost any of its gruesome charm whatsoever. Set in the majestic Rockies (my native territory) The Boogens focuses on four twenty-somethings who move into a nice, if somewhat sinister cabin in the woods which was the site of a brutal killing in the beginning of the film. The four soon split up for various reasons and go about their own ways. The story kicks into overdrive when the first of them is dragged under his vehicle and sliced open by the nasty claw of the Boogen. We see this only in quick flashes of ingenious editing that gives us only a "taste" of the real thing. Dark, cramped, sometimes unbearably spooky, the Boogens sent a message to us in the early eighties: Horror is not dead, not even sleeping, we just have to know which cave to look in to find the scariest monster, and The Boogens provided it. I thank the director and the cast for giving a nine-year-old boy the scare of a lifetime!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars THERE IS NO ESCAPE! August 14, 2012
In the small mining town of Silver City, an evil has been unknowingly unleashed on its unsuspecting residents. The old mine has been sealed up and abandoned for over seventy years but now some outsiders are about to make a big discovery and it isn't silver or gold. What unspeakable horror lives in the mine? Is there any way to escape it? What is a Boogen?

The Boogens is a slow paced horror film that relies on its ability to build up the suspense for most of the film and then unleash everything it has on the viewer in the last 20-30 minutes. If you're a horror fan looking for a high body count and plenty of gore and nudity then this film may not be for you. There isn't a high body count, there's very little gore and barely any nudity to speak of. Fans get a brief glimpse of Rebecca Balding's butt in one scene and her breasts in another, that's it. As for the creatures; we never really see them until the last 20-30 minutes of the movie.

Thanks to Olive Films the "Boogens" has finally seen daylight on Blu-ray and DVD. I don't know what type of restoration Olive Films did to the print if any, because the film still suffers from embedded artifacts, speckling and a certain amount of graininess throughout. Don't get me wrong, the video image is clear and definitely viewable.

Aside from the old school non CGI creatures and effects this film also benefits from an eerie music score, so the mono soundtrack provided on this release was a bit of a disappointment for me. The mono sound is clear and crisp but I had hoped for a 5.1 sound option as well. I expected this Blu-ray release would be filled with tons of bonus features and extras, it isn't. The only extra included is an audio commentary from director James L. Conway, screenwriter David O'Malley and actress Rebecca Balding.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
love these old school monster movies.
Published 1 month ago by andrew martinez
5.0 out of 5 stars Again a great movie!
First scary movie with a plot-- not just kill blood and sex.. Again a great movie!!!!
Published 1 month ago by Gloria Moline
5.0 out of 5 stars Horror Junkie's Review: I want a Boogen. No I need a Boogen. Wait, I...
I never saw, or heard of this film back in the day. I stumbled upon it after I got a Blu ray player a couple of years ago and figured I'd give it a shot, after initially passing... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Elizabeth Renee Blue
4.0 out of 5 stars Goold old fashioned monster flick
The production values in this movie are pretty good for early 80's with a low budget. The director took a page out of the Jaws playbook and made a very wise decision to not show us... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Renter
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this movie , Suspence !!!!
I'm not going to say this movie is great , but once again , I have no problem watching these types of movie for some reason , I thought the scrip was well . Read more
Published 3 months ago by victor watson
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh, it's good!
Jay The Stingray is wrong!

This film is classic creature feature goodness. Do yourself a favor a purchase this right now!
Published 4 months ago by Trust Me, Folks
5.0 out of 5 stars Good work with a low budget
Many monster movies spend lavishly on special effects and have plots so overused and full of holes that the movie is barely watchable. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Arthur Daigle
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent old-school horror
If you know me or if you’ve been following Shattered Ravings for a while, you’ll know that creature-features are one of my favorite sub-genres of horror. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Matthew Scott Baker
5.0 out of 5 stars old movie
good classic monster movie i cant get enough of these old 80s movies this one was pretty should be checked out by everyone..
Published 6 months ago by D. Harkness
1.0 out of 5 stars Unable to play entire movie
I put the movie in my dvd player to watch it and got a good clear picture and good sound. However some halfway into the movie, it goes back to the start of the movie, never... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Jim Straley
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