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Running Time:
1 hour, 26 minutes

Rating: PG-13 Parents Strongly Cautioned.

Rating Explanation:
for intense sequences of horror and terror/violence, and some partial nudity

Jimmy's Buzz Guide Review:
One of the year's worst horror movies, and there have been too many bad ones already.

Additional Info:
DVD Features: Deleted scenes; Alternate ending; Multi-part making-of featurette; Visual effects progressions; Animatics; Previews.

As a boy, Tim (Barry Watson) witnessed the Boogeyman abduct his father. After 15 years of being told by psychiatrists that he imagined the entire event and that his father simply abandoned the family, Tim still is afraid of closets. After the death of his mother (Lucy Lawless), Tim is advised by his former shrink to go back and spend a night in his old childhood home as a means of confronting his fears. Back at the rickety old mansion, portentous gusts of wind and unearthly howls echo through the hallways, but with the help of an old friend (Emily Deschanel) and a mysterious young girl (Skye McCole Bartusiak), Tim begins to uncover the truth about his fixation. He must ultimately eliminate his supernatural pursuer by destroying all the vestiges of his youth (his old sweatshirt, an his favorite old action figure). Director Stephen T. Kay frantically whips his camera around in circles and virtually all of the film’s horrors are sabotaged by his obsession with over-edited montages of frightening images. And even more frustrating is the his refusal to provide the Boogeyman with even a hint of motivation for his gruesome activities. Full of scenes from every horror film you've ever seen including: Poltergeist (windy bedroom), Identity (scary motel), Nightmare on Elm Street (bathtub), Darkness Falls (traumatized child, scary closets), and The Grudge (evil house). In fact there's even a little Being John Malkovich in an undeveloped portal idea, where Tim is mysteriously transported from the scary motel to the evilm house and back). Although Boogeyman starts out with a stylishly presented premise that promises a nightmarish ride into terror, you quickly realize that its cheap terror tactics, abysmal dialogue and its shamelessly tawdry script will make this a very long and unrewarding hour and a half.

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