Titled BOOGEYMAN 3 on screen and bearing a 1994 copyright, this late-coming franchise entry represents the absolute nadir of opportunistic horror sequels.
A young woman named Annie (Kelly Galindo) is under the care of psychiatrist Dr. Love (Richard Quick) for her recurring nightmares and hallucinations. These visions center on a young woman named Natalie (Suzanna Love) who once watched as her brother killed their mother's lover when they were
children, and is now haunted by the dead man's murderous spirit. Annie "sees" that the spectral killer will electrocute a woman in a nearby house, though her vision at first appears incorrect. Then the murder occurs just as she saw it, but 24 hours after she thought it would.
Dr. Love realizes that Annie and Natalie are somehow connected, and that Annie somehow can give Natalie the strength to stop the phantom. Her visions continue: After killing more people, the ghost possesses Natalie, but with the help of her husband and a priest, she is able to fight it off, and
the men destroy the mirror that contains the spirit. Apparently cured of her nightmares, Annie prepares to drive off--and the killer's face appears in her car's rearview mirror.
Like BOOGEYMAN II (which it follows by more than 10 years), RETURN is generously stocked with replayed scenes from Ulli Lommel's original BOOGEY MAN, played here as Annie's visions. But while the first follow-up at least made an attempt at Hollywood satire and came up with new horror material of
its own, this pathetic ripoff has absolutely no dramatic purpose except to provide a frame on which to hang the stock footage. Almost every scare scene is derived from the older film (with the bathtub electrocution lifted from Lommel's film BRAINWAVES), with Love's character renamed from Lacey to
Natalie in an apparent attempt to keep fright fans with short memories from realizing they've seen this material before. The result is an incoherent mess rife with choppy editing, annoying repetition of scenes both old and new, and poor sound mixing that renders a lot of the dialogue inaudible.
Some of the crew credits are certainly pseudonyms, and none of the supporting players are identified with their characters, meaning they'll only be recognizable to their relatives--the only possible audience for this cynical dreck. (Graphic violence, nudity, sexual situations, adult situations,profanity.)
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- Released: 1997
- Rating: NR
- Review: Titled BOOGEYMAN 3 on screen and bearing a 1994 copyright, this late-coming franchise entry represents the absolute nadir of opportunistic horror sequels. A young woman named Annie (Kelly Galindo) is under the care of psychiatrist Dr. Love (Richard Quick)… (more)