A supernatural horror that has some promise, The Boogeyman sadly dies a quick death in terms of watchability and any form of effectiveness as it goes on. A truly missed opportunity hampered by lazy writing, plotting and overall sense of being.
As a child, Tim was terrified of a Boogeyman he believed lived in his closet. This was heightened one night when his father came to comfort his son from what he believed was a nightmare. His father was snatched by an unseen force and never seen again, traumatising young Tim. Memories of that night are dismissed by others who believe that he was just trying to process his father leaving him and vanishing from his family. Now grown up( and portrayed by Barry Watson), the scars of that night have never left him. He doesn’t have doors on cupboards, keeps lights on even when sleeping and has a dozen locks for his front door. He’s in a relationship with Jessica(Tory Mussett) but there is a hesitancy on his part to further things, which doesn’t bode well with Jessica. Around this time, he receives news that his troubled mother (Lucy Lawless) has passed away. Now without either parents and lots of questions regarding his childhood incident, he contacts his childhood psychiatrist. She suggests staying in his old house to purge the demons that have tormented him. He reluctantly does this and along the way reconnects with childhood friend Kate(Emily Deschanel), who is concerned by his emotional state . Tim knows that he will have to face his fears and confront his demons once he steps back into the house from his childhood. At first nothing happens, but soon enough creepy events besiege the house. But just what demons will Tim have to fight , literal or imaginary?
Stephen Kay tries to be edgy with a dizzying visual style of quick zoom shots and wind machines a plenty, but it’s ultimately rendered hollow and without a sense of substance. A lacklustre script does the movie no favours whatsoever, resulting in what can only be called a mess. As aforementioned, Boogeyman does have some moments that suggest it could get better. The opening specifically is very creepy and seems auspicious, before delivering sub par work from that moment on. As the film goes on and the jarring editing and sloppy effects take hold, Boogeyman falls apart spectacularly and it’s rendered just dull. Boogeyman is the definition of a film with a seemingly decent set up only to be completely blown apart by awful execution. I can live with a movie being predictable but shoddiness and laziness is another bag. The supposed mystery at the centre is anything but enigmatic as it’s obvious whether the eponymous spectre is real or not. The music is also very obvious and leaves nothing to the imagination, which is a shame as it’s done by Joseph LoDuca, who has done great work on many a film and tv series.
Barry Watson gets the haunted look of someone clearly dealing with a deep sense of trauma but he isn’t particularly given much to work with. Watson himself resembles Timothy Olyphant but sadly doesn’t really show off near enough star presence to make him memorable. Emily Deschanel doesn’t stand out either, despite being a good actress. The problem once again lies with the script that seems to just place her in the story and not really given much depth or reasoning. There’s a small role for Lucy Lawless, but it’s practically a nothing part thats insubstantial. It’s a shame to waste the talents of Lawless in such a thankless and blink and you’ll miss it part. Skye McCole Bartusiak and Tory Mussett are also hampered by underwritten roles that lead to nowhere.
So my advice is to avoid Boogeyman, unless you’re a fan of horror that isn’t really that scary and doesn’t add up in the slightest. It’s best to set your sights on watching some effective horror instead of this piece of drivel.