Director: Jeff Betancourt
Writer: Brian Sieve (Screenplay) Eric Kripke (Characters)
Starring: Danielle Savre, Matt Cohen, Chrissy Calhoun, Michael Graziadei, Mae Whitman, Renee O’Connor, Tobin Bell
Plot: A young woman with a long-term phobia of the boogeyman voluntarily checks herself into a mental health facility with the hope of conquering her overwhelming fear. However, much to her horror, she discovers that some things are terrifying on purpose, and confronting her demons was not the best course of action.
Tagline – Fear. In The Flesh.
Runtime: 1 Hour 33 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: Boogeyman 2 starts when a young Laura and Henry witness their parents killed by a home invader, someone they believe to be the boogeyman, 10 years later Henry (Cohen) has been through a therapy to move on with his life, potential moving away from his sister Laura (Savre) who is still having the nightmares.
Laura decides to check into the hospital where Dr Jessica Ryan (O’Connor) looks to treat her with the fellow patients, only for them to start to get picked off dying to their fears.
Thoughts on Boogeyman 2
Characters – Laura saw her parents killed when she was a child, still tormented by the vision of the Boogeyman, she accepts the plan to stay in a home which has helped her brother, only when the patients start dying, she is convinced the Boogeyman is truly coming for her. Henry is the brother that seems to have recovered from the nightmares, looking to continue on with his life, encouraging his sister to escape her own fears. Each patient we meet does have their own fear, which they are trying to overcome, something which can be used against them by the Boogeyman. The Boogeyman character seems more life-like being a targeted killer looking to make the victims pay. Dr Ryan and Dr Allen have their own theories on what might have caused the troubles the patients are going through.
Performances – When it comes to the performances, Danielle Savre does well in the leading role, with the supporting cast doing nothing wrong, playing into the stereotypes you would imagine seeing in a slasher type film, with the biggest name being Tobin Bell as one of the doctors, using his calm tone when needed.
Story – The story here follows a pair of siblings that believe the Boogeyman killed their parents, still living with the nightmares in their lives. When one stays inside a hospital to treat the phobia in the darkness, only to see the other patients starting to get picked off by their own fears. When it comes to a sequel, we do go in a very different direction, which seems to suck out any of the supernatural element turning the figure into a slasher that enjoys Saw like traps. This does disappointing as the idea of the supernatural Boogeyman could be bought to life with great effect, like it was in the original movie. A lot of this film does feel like a bad remake of Nightmare on Elm Street 3, but it can be fun if you are a horror fan looking for some memorable deaths.
Horror – The horror is all about the slasher saw like games that use people’s fears to create the kills we are seeing being more memorable.
Settings – The film is mostly set in the one location the hospital, which sees the patients locked in with the threat.
Special Effects – The effects are used well when it comes to the kills, with most looking like practical ones, each one getting bigger and better.
Scene of the Movie – Maggots
That Moment That Annoyed Me – Turning the Boogeyman into a slasher.
Final Thoughts – Boogeyman 2 is a fun horror sequel that isn’t as good as the original, but it is one you could have a drink or two and enjoy the blood splatter.