Written by: Chad Langen
As if Hollywood couldn't get anymore unoriginal, there's Boogeyman , the latest crap-fest from Sam Raimi that combines the utter stupidity of the cast, a lifeless story that has been recycled from previous work, and the massive evidence that Mr. Raimi is indeed after our money.
Most will suggest that Boogeyman is another attempt at 2003's poorly manifested horror film entitled Darkness Falls , which is a creepy take on the legend of the Tooth Fairy. I beg to differ. Although Darkness Falls had it's share of twelve year old dialogue and cheesy acting, at least it was some-what entertaining. Yet in Boogeyman, I don't recall a single scare, and if there was one, it was the scaring away of the teenage audience actually stupid enough to sit through this.
The film tells the story of a young man, Tim, who is haunted by terrifying memories of events that took place in his childhood home fifteen years ago. Such events involved the unbearable death of his father, whom which he claims was taken by the infamous Boogeyman . Now, years later, Tim receives a phone call stating that his mother is dead. Fed up with the massive loss of family members, Tim decides to return to his childhood home and face down every child's worst fear...The Boogeyman.
For starters, the wanna-be inventive camera tricks that director Stephen Kay presents us with are unnecessary and a complete waste of film. Not only is it agitating, but in the end you'll feel like hurling. Sorry Stephen, but save the hippy camera tricks for the next music video you'll be directing; cause after Boogeyman my guess would be that you won't get many motion picture offers.
Next is the script. What happened here? Not only was the story an exact reflection from that of Darkness Falls, there were two many plot-holes to count. None of the corners met and none of the loose ends were tied. I felt as if the writer was writing this thing just as they were filming. It was an udder disaster.
As I said earlier, the cast was lifeless. The expressions on their faces told me that they really didn't want to be there. More or less, they were in it for the money just like Sam Raimi.
I can't stretch the fact of how awful this year has been for horror films. Both 2003 and 2004 were pretty damn good to the horror genre. Is Hollywood really running out of fresh material? Is it that hard to come up with something new? And I'm very disappointed in Sam Raimi. Once a huge addition to the horror genre, most of us could give a damn if he was killed in a plane crash. Not to be harsh, but where's the guy that brought us Evil Dead. We want him back!So there you have it. Boogeyman is yet another disappointing horror film that will probably end up collecting dust on video shelves. It's a useless waste of time that I wouldn't advise anyone seeing unless they simply enjoy wasting their time.