February 4th, 2005



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A young man tries to deal with the childhood terror that has affected his life.

Release Year: 2005

Rating: 3.9/10 (17,245 voted)

Critic's Score: 32/100

Director: Stephen Kay

Stars: Barry Watson, Emily Deschanel, Lucy Lawless

Set in the country, 'Boogeyman' tells the haunting tale of a young man traumatized by memories of terrible events he experienced in his childhood bedroom and who, years later, reluctantly returns home to face his fears of a monstrous entity that could be real or merely a figment of his imagination.

Writers: Eric Kripke, Eric Kripke

Barry Watson - Tim
Emily Deschanel - Kate Houghton
Skye McCole Bartusiak - Franny Roberts
Tory Mussett - Jessica
Andrew Glover - Boogeyman
Lucy Lawless - Tim's Mother
Charles Mesure - Tim's Father
Philip Gordon - Uncle Mike
Aaron Murphy - Young Tim
Jennifer Rucker - Pam
Scott Wills - Co-Worker
Michael Saccente - Jessica's Dad
Louise Wallace - Jessica's Mom
Brenda Simmons - Jessica's Grandma
Josie Tweed - Jessica's Sister

Taglines: You thought it was a just a story... but it's real.


Official Website: Sony Pictures [United States] |

Release Date: 4 February 2005

Filming Locations: Albert Park, Princes Street, Auckland Central Business District, Auckland, New Zealand

Box Office Details

Budget: $20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $19,020,655 (USA) (6 February 2005) (3052 Screens)

Gross: $67,192,859 (Worldwide)

Technical Specs


Continuity: When Tim goes swerves around the truck on his way to the house you can see a hubcap rolling off the left side of his car. Both hubcaps are on the left side of his car in following scenes.

[from trailer]
Jessica: Hey, you're not getting weird on me again are you?
Tim: No.

User Review

I Hate this film!

Rating: 1/10

Soooo I ended up seeing this film at the cinema cos my half brother is a moron who only likes bland Hollywood movies... I could have said no... no... I won't suffer the indignity but foolishly I figured "Hey, at least I'm not paying for it" and tagged along... but I did pay... oh lord I did pay...

This film is basically about a middle class twenty-something advertising executive (with a hot rich girlfriend and a really slick car)... who is frightened of cupboards!!!!!!!! CUPBOARDS!!!!! I didn't know whether to laugh or cry. This is apparently due to some childhood trauma that occurs in the opening scene but to be honest I'm not sure exactly what happened cos the sequence looked like it was shot and edited by an epileptic who had taken an amphetamine overdose. It seems to have become accepted in Hollywood that the best way to make a scary movie is to direct it like a Britney spears music video... admittedly thats pretty terrifying but not if you:

Cast bland, wooden actors... Base all your scares on tired haunted house cliché's (The wardrobe scene was one of the most poorly executed horror sequences I've ever seen, void of tension, void of style and the pay off is so lame even a black cat hissing and jumping on him would have been preferable)... Layer the most annoyingly intrusive score over everything... Make no attempt at narrative cohesion... Drench the final scene in childish CGI...

If this film had contained even a shred of lightheartedness about it I might have found it tolerable but everything about it was so po-faced and serious, I find it hard to believe anyone could enjoy this film on any level. It's almost impossible to relate to any of the characters, mainly because they are so miserable and unlikeable and as a result it's impossible to CARE whether they live/die/disappear/get snatched by a stupid purple comic book character.

I recommend that anyone who is remotely considering seeing this film does not do so for their own well being and the sake of their souls... Don't become like me! Don't become a bitter purple CGI freak who hides in cupboards thinking about how much he wants to flame this film on every website on the internet... I hate this film! AAARGH!


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