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Boogeyman (Special Edition) (2005)

Barry Watson , Emily Deschanel , Stephen Kay  |  PG-13 |  DVD
2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (242 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Barry Watson, Emily Deschanel, Lucy Lawless, Skye McCole Bartusiak, Tory Mussett
  • Directors: Stephen Kay
  • Writers: Eric Kripke, Juliet Snowden, Stiles White
  • Producers: Carsten H.W. Lorenz, Chloe Smith, Doug Lefler, Eric Kripke
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Chinese
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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    Some Region 1 DVDs may contain Regional Coding Enhancement (RCE). Some, but not all, of our international customers have had problems playing these enhanced discs on what are called "region-free" DVD players. For more information on RCE, click .
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 31, 2005
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (242 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00080ZG24
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,616 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Boogeyman (Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Multi "Making of" Featurettes
  • Deleted scenes
  • Alternate ending
  • Animatics
  • Visual effect progressions

Editorial Reviews

Every culture has one - the horrible monster fueling young children's nightmares. But for Tim, the Boogeyman still lives in his memories as a creature that devoured his father 16 years earlier. Is the Boogeyman real? Or did Tim make him up to explain why his father abandoned his family? The answerlies hidden behind every dark corner and half-opened closet of his childhood home - a place he mustreturn to and face the chilling unanswered question does the Boogeyman really exist?

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111 of 133 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars I thought the "Boogeyman" was supposed to keep me awake February 5, 2005
If there's one trend in horror movies that really needs to go away it's the Loud Sudden Noise, aka the "SHREEENK!"

I mean that overamplified, more-annoying-than-scary racket that jumps from the speakers during a thriller whenever anything mildly startling happens. It usually sounds like a cello being sliced in two by a guillotine and it's a sure sign that a movie doesn't have any honest scares.

You know the drill:

The hero cautiously backs into a dark room and bumps into - SHREEENK! - a coat rack.

The heroine closes a medicine cabinet and in the mirror - SHREEENK! - sees the ghost of her great-aunt.

Few recent horror flicks have relied as heavily on the "SHREEENK!" as "Boogeyman," which is often atmospheric but mostly silly and boring.

Following a childhood run-in with the title character, magazine editor Tim (Barry Watson) is left with a crippling fear of closets and other dark storage spaces. He's a mess. At 23, he still stops in for treatment at the kid's ward of his neighborhood psychiatric hospital.

"Look around you," his doctor finally tells him. "There are only children here."

I fear that scene isn't nearly as moving as the writers intended, but it sets the tone because Tim spends most of the movie walking around his dark old house wigging out - in fact, a good 60 percent of the film's running time is devoted to scenes in which he approaches sinister-looking doors/staircases/barns really... really... really... slowly (just before the "SHREEENK!").

The rest of the movie involves Tim doubting his sanity and awkwardly courting his childhood sweetheart (Emily Deschanel, who isn't given much to do but still manages to be the best thing in the movie).
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52 of 63 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Complete Waste of Time and Money June 6, 2005
Format:DVD
You know what would have made "Boogeyman" scarier? Just about anything! Truly nothing happens in this movie after the first five minutes. The lead guy walks around teary-eyed and looking mysterious at half opened doors or ceiling tiles......and then.....nothing. Don't waste your time with this thing, if you want something that sets a pretty good eerie mood, get "Fear of the Dark" instead. It's shot on almost no budget, with no stars of any kind, but at least "Fear of the Dark" gives the viewer some kind of pay-off, and packs at least a minimal fright factor.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars TONS of missed potential...... June 27, 2005
Format:DVD
Boogeyman could have been a very scary film except that the director and producer wanted that all-important PG13 rating. This is killing the horror movie as an art form; Boogeyman is a clear case of shocks traded in for an imaginary audience who likes bloodless horror movies (like "The Ring").

This movie sets up an interesting story, then does almost nothing with it. And the "surprise twist" in the film was a surprise only to the 5 year olds in the audience taken to this film by their baby-sitterless parents.

I miss the old "Hellraiser" days when horror films strived for an "R" rating and wore it as a badge of honor. I hope Hollywood will start making films like that again.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars forget the critics! April 29, 2005
Format:DVD
I recently watched Boogeyman, and I was sooooo glad I didnt listen to every wannabe critic in every magazine and newspaper i picked up. I was told, and i read, that this film was rubbish. Whereas it's really not.

I'm not gonna summarise it, i'm just going to tell you that this film is pretty scary. I will admit that the alst half isnt really as scary as the first half. But there is interesting, but confucing, twists in the second half that will consume you. And the ending was strange too, but very watchable.

If you wanna get totally freaked out, as I did, watch this in the dark, with the volume up high and you'll get every jump and chill out of this movie....
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Is it just me or did anyone else notice that "Boogeyman" is almost a scene for scene rip off of the much better 2003 movie, "Darkness Falls"?

Don't believe me? Check it out:

1) Both movies open with a young boys in their bedrooms at night who are afraid to go to sleep because they fear that mythical beings from folklore will come and harm them. In "Darkness Falls," it's a vengeful Tooth Fairy. In the Boogeyman it's well, duh, the Boogeyman.

2) In both movies these scenes end with the young boys watching in helpless terror as said mythical beings slaughter a parent. In "Darkness Falls," Mom buys the farm. In "Boogeyman" it's Dad that gets it.

3) After the previous scene, both movies jump forward several years to the same boys as young men. In both cases, they remain so traumatized by the prior events that they've even adapted their living quarters to fend off future attacks they believe will one day come. In "Darkness" hero Chaney Kley's apartment has more lights than the Las Vegas strip since the Tooth Fairy can only exist in darkness. In "Boogeyman," every closet or cupboard in Barry Watson's apartment is windowed so that he can see if the Boogeyman is hiding inside before opening.

4) In both movies, the young heroes are forced by a tragic events to return to their hometowns where they must face the evils that have haunted their dreams since childhood. And once they hit town, both young men immediately reconnect with old childhood flames who've not surprisingly grown up into serious hotties.

5) Lastly, both movies also end with frantic, climaxes where the young heroes use their wits to dispatch their supernatural enemies in explosive finishes.

Seriously, I could go on but what's point?
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1.0 out of 5 stars My review on the Horror Film (naturally by castle rock films) is that...
Well, what can one say but this film is garbage. The first 1/2 of the movie what we watch is a Tireless
Grown up Boy of say approximately 23 years old, who never forgets... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Robert Pylant
3.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!!
I have such a sexual crush on the lead actor I'd watch him bath and pay to see it... this is a god film and I recommend buying it.. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Raven
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good horror movie
Boogeyman is a very cool horror film with lots of great scenes. It is made by the same people who made ''The Grudge'' and ''Army Of Darkness''. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Fuwwyfootpaws
5.0 out of 5 stars Good graphics
Good movie, scares you big time, it is tense, and the graphics from dvd to blu ray are awesome. I'm still waiting for the other 2 to be in blu ray.
Published 5 months ago by Leonardo Capel
1.0 out of 5 stars Boogeyman
whatever happened to fear?
i mean REAL primal fear!
it's what you don't see that's supposed to scare you. Read more
Published 6 months ago by thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars To scarey for me but daughter loved it !
Well I did not view this as it was a gift but I guess they loved it,all are happy now. Yeah
Published 8 months ago by dandyrue
1.0 out of 5 stars HUGE DISAPPOINTMENT
As a fan of scary movies, I am so confused and disappointed with The Bogeyman. The director was all over the place, completely missing the goal of being scary. Read more
Published 9 months ago by I'd rather be at the Beach
1.0 out of 5 stars Snorefest
Alfred Hitchcock would turn over in his grave if he were to see this film. It is built on the foundation of suspense but does not know how to execute it, and there is so many... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Robert
5.0 out of 5 stars great movie
my grandson loved it...he saved up his own money and had me order it for him....he was not disappointed with it.
Published 12 months ago by Lorrie Richard
5.0 out of 5 stars boogyman
it was o.k. I was expecting more of lucy lawless in that movie but it was not.i wish there was more information about it on amazon.
Published 13 months ago by hassan akbar nejad oshagh
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