The Boogey Man

  • 1980
  • Movie
  • R
  • Horror

A fairly clever attempt to merge the slasher-movie characteristics of HALLOWEEN with the supernatural elements of THE EXORCIST and THE OMEN, THE BOOGEY MAN was directed by Ulli Lommel, a former member of German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder's stable of actors and filmmakers (he appears in Fassbinder's THE AMERICAN SOLDIER and CHINESE ROULETTE). Loaded...read more

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A fairly clever attempt to merge the slasher-movie characteristics of HALLOWEEN with the supernatural elements of THE EXORCIST and THE OMEN, THE BOOGEY MAN was directed by Ulli Lommel, a former member of German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder's stable of actors and filmmakers (he

appears in Fassbinder's THE AMERICAN SOLDIER and CHINESE ROULETTE). Loaded with repressed sexuality and dark family problems, the film opens as a young boy murders his mother's evil lover while his sister, Lacy, watches. Twenty years later, Lacy--now played by Suzanna Love, the director's wife--is

haunted by the ghost of the murdered man. In an attempt to purge her demons, Lacy returns to the house where the killing took place, and, to her horror, sees her mother's lover in a mirror. Lacy smashes the mirror with a chair, but, instead of destroying the ghost, she unleashes his evil force,

causing several more deaths. This interesting, if not entirely successful, effort was a surprise hit at the box office and would be followed by a sequel in 1983. Director Lommel must be obsessed with the subject matter; his film A TASTE OF SIN (also 1983) has a very similar plot.

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  • Released: 1980
  • Rating: R
  • Review: A fairly clever attempt to merge the slasher-movie characteristics of HALLOWEEN with the supernatural elements of THE EXORCIST and THE OMEN, THE BOOGEY MAN was directed by Ulli Lommel, a former member of German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder's stable of… (more)

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