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Boogeyman (2005)

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4.21 h 28 min2005PG-13
A young man tries to deal with the childhood terror that has affected his life.
Directors
Stephen T. Kay
Starring
Barry WatsonEmily DeschanelSkye McCole Bartusiak
Genres
SuspenseHorrorDrama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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4.1 out of 5 stars

356 global ratings

  1. 61% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 15% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 9% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 5% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 10% of reviews have 1 stars
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RogerReviewed in the United States on November 5, 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Average quality horror film made nearly unwatchable by constant extreme volume swings
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Well, I kind of had a feeling this would be a so-so horror flick in spite of the high average ratings, but, it just goes to show that star ratings are only a rough guide to how good any particular movie will be. It didn't disappoint in spooky and eerie content. There was more than enough of that to keep it from getting boring - more or less. But what REALLY GOT ON MY NERVES, was the constant shifting in volume from people speaking at barely above a whisper level of volume, to sudden EXTREME volume jumps in order to shock and jar the viewer. This is one of the cheapest, most amateur methods a horror filmmaker can use to try to be "scary" and the producers of this film went WAY overboard with it. Since I was watching it late at night with other people sleeping in adjacent rooms, I couldn't let the volume get too high. Normally this isn't a problem and I just lower the volume with the remote if the movie begins to get too loud. Well, forget it with this movie. It goes from barely audible to apocalyptic, insane LOUD in the blink of an eye. All the time. The whole movie. Without warning. All in a clumsy, amateurish attempt to scare you out of your seat. Which, granted, it does, simply because the human brain is wired to jump at sudden loud sounds. But it's an extremely annoying and lame practice that some filmmakers use as if it's the best thing since Velcro. I watched the entire movie, but I had to wait until daylight hours to finish the second half so I wouldn't wake anyone up with the manic swings in loudness. Who wants to watch a horror movie about the "Boogeyman" when the sun is shining outside? Who does that? Well, you will if you have roommates or family that go to bed relatively early at night. Or you could wear headphones and risk permanent deafness or tinnitus. Or just not even watch this movie. Your choice, but now you know...
12 people found this helpful
jbej1Reviewed in the United States on February 23, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
You really want to like the camera work, but all for naught some bad CG.
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Builds up and you think it's going somewhere, then where there should be a climax there is a gaping hole that the protagonist just sort of falls into and before you know it he lands on his feet and the movie is over with no real resolution or character developed. The camera man worked his butt off and nails the angles, so there are time when you'll be that edge of your seat only to have to go the next scene and literally be spoon fed exposition.
Duncan PattilloReviewed in the United States on October 16, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Solid horror flick
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Barry Watson stars as troubled young adult who had a traumatic experience with a supernatural force that was the Boogeyman. No one believes him, and he even questions his own sanity. As things start to unravel, he must confront his childhood demons. The story is set up pretty well, and the acting surprisingly good. There are some genuine scares here. Overall, it gets convoluted at certain points, but is still a pretty solid horror movie.
SandpshkrReviewed in the United States on November 19, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Better than a sleeping pill...
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This movie should have been called "Xanax: The Movie".
2 people found this helpful
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on December 14, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Don't bother unless under 12 yoa
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Good budget, acting and effects. Story totally lacking. True disservice to the legendary Boogeyman. The Bye Bye Man was much better.
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Jack CReviewed in the United States on May 4, 2010
2.0 out of 5 stars
Pretty good cure for insomnia
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A young kid sees his father killed by the boogeyman. Years later he's in college and gets a message on his phone that his mother's health is failing. Could he come and visit her? He doesn't even bother responding to the message, it's much more important to him to go to a party with his girlfriend. Yeah, real sympathetic character. Then his mother dies and he surprisingly finds time to go to her funeral - what a guy! - and he's also inherited the house where he saw the boogeyman kill his father. So he wanders around the house for most of the movie. He's terrified of dark closets, so at one point he goes into a dark closet and they edit a whole bunch of shots together of him being in the closet, while dramatic music plays. Yawn. This crap goes on forever.

Overall, it's a boring movie and I didn't care at all about the characters. I give it 2 stars only because I've seen worse.
10 people found this helpful
JoanneReviewed in the United States on February 23, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
A must see movie
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A great movie it's a must see if you haven't seen it yet
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The 15th DoctorReviewed in the United States on February 25, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Classic Boogeyman flick
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Classic Boogeyman flick and I watched it when it first came out anyway, I'm so happy I was able to rewatch it. Oh, if you like this movie I recommend Boogeyman 2 & 3.
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