Boogeyman (2005)

logoDirector: Stephen Kay

Writer: Eric Kripke, Juliet Snowden, Stiles White (Screenplay) Eric Kripke (Story)

Starring: Barry Watson, Emily Deschanel, Skye McCole Bartusiak, Tory Mussett, Andrew Glover, Lucy Lawless, Charles Mesure

 

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

 

Verdict: Lock your Closest

 

Story: We follow as one boy has his father taken by the Boogeyman, grown up he still contains fears of the dark while trying to live a normal life. Upon his mother’s death he returns home to confront his demon once and for all. We see that while he attempts to get over his fear he uncovers a truth about a string of missing person and when a loved one gets taken again the presences intensifies.

Using a basic fear every child has of a mythical Boogeyman and how if it is not treated correctly it could turn into an adult fear, this all works well to create a creature for this horror. Now for the massive plot whole issues, does any of the family and friends believe the dad just left without taking anything? Sure the kidnapped by the Boogeyman is hard to believe but still they should have looked into the mystery disappearance. Not only his disappearance but the large amount of people who have vanished without a trance seems to make for a big argument about a potential serial killer out there, but no just no investigation at all. Once we see past these two plot holes we get an interesting horror that is very much no stop with the tension building and goes for plenty of scares. The story isn’t the most difficult to follow and will keep your attention all the way through, which does all you want a horror to do. (6/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Barry Watson: Tim the grown up version of the young boy who lost his father, he still struggles with closest doors, and darkness, in all honestly I’m not sure how this guy sleeps with this much fear. He returns home to fight the creature once and for all. Good performance in the role that has to carry the film. (7/10)

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Emily Deschanel: Kate an old friend of Tim’s who tries to support him in his return to clean up his family home. She never believed him about the creature but she will learn he was right by the end. Solid support performance, who gets a chance to be a scream queen. (6/10)

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Skye McCole Bartusiak: Franny a little girl who visits Tim and helps him get through the problem. Nice supporting performance offering advice. (6/10)

 

Tory Mussett: Jessica girlfriend of Tim, who has supported him through his problems and upon making a surprise visit she becomes the creatures latest victim. Solid performance with what little time she has to work with. (6/10)

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Support Cast: Mostly family members who all end up offering a small moment of advice to the hero as he goes to battle the Creature. But they also comprise of people from his past who have been affected by the experience.

 

Director Review: Stephen Kay – Solid direction creating plenty of scares throughout that will leave give you jumps and make you check under your bed before you go to sleep. (7/10)

 

Horror: Has plenty of jump scares that are all well built up. (8/10)

Mystery: You are left to wonder what could have happened but it never offers you another option to what might have happened. (6/10)

Thriller: Well built up scenes make you put the pillow down before the jump. (8/10)

Settings: Each setting however normal it looks is made to look like something scary could happen there. (8/10)
Special Effects
: The Creature creation is CGI and kind of disappoints once you see it. (4/10)

Suggestion: This is one for the horror fans to enjoy, it will have you having jump scares but don’t expect any gore. (Horror Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Opening Sequences doesn’t hold back

Worst Part: Big plot hole issues

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Has sequels

Post Credits Scene: Yes

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $46 Million

Budget: $20 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 29 Minutes

Tagline: You thought it was just a story, but it’s real

 

Overall: Strong horror

Rating 70

Rose Red (2002) Mini Series

logoDirector: Craig R Baxley

Writer: Stephen King (Screenplay)

Starring: Nancy Travis, Matt Keeslar, Kimberly j. Brown, David Dukes, Judith Ivey, Melanie Lynskey, Matt Ross, Julian Sands, Kevin Tighe, Julia Campbell, Emily Deschanel

 

Plot: Rose Red is one of the most haunted mysterious houses in America, with people disappearing and dying mysteriously for a century. Professor Joyce Reardon (Travis) wants to prove the existence of the paranormal. Along with the last remaining family member Steve Rimbauer (Keeslar) she arrange for a team of different type of psychic to investigate. Her team includes Cathy (Ivey), Emery (Ross), Nick (Sands), Victor (Tighe), Pam (Deschanel) and an autistic girl Annie (Brown) and her non-psychic sister Rachel (Lynskey). Spending the weekend in the house how will they cope with all the haunting going on and how many secrets does the house hold?

 

Verdict: King delivers another wonderfully creepy story

Story: Not many people can create a large cast and develop the characters so well, King knows how to do this and this proves it again. With plenty of mystery involved and secrets from the house and the characters we get a genuine creepy story. (9/10)

 

Actor Review: Nancy Travis – Joyce her obsession with Rose Red will push her to professional limits and personally limits. It is a good performance from Nancy showing how an obsession can take over you goals. (9/10)

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Actor Review: Matt Keeslar – Steve the last remaining family member of the house who has also experienced the houses power as a child. Good performance as one of the voices of reason who seemingly doesn’t suffer from the hauntings compared to the rest. (8/10)

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Actor Review: Kimberly J. Brown – Annie the autistic girl with the strongest powers of all the psychics. Good performance from the young actress who is important to the story. (8/10)

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Actor Review: Melanie Lynskey – Rachel one of the non-psychics who also doesn’t seem to suffer from the hauntings but is only there to protect her sister. Good performances with a calm protective domineer. (8/10)

 

Actor Review: Julian Sands – Nick a mind reader who is the one of the nicest characters involved always knowing more than the rest but unwilling to share to protect the rest. The star of the show here, dominating the screen every time he is on it. Star Performance Award, Scene Stealer Award, Favourite Character Award (9/10)

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Actor Review: Matt Ross – Emery a very unlikeable character who only cares about himself but has a power to make the spirits disappear. Great performance to create such an unlikeable but important character. (9/10)

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Actor Review: Judith Ivey – Cathy she believes that god will protect her against anything in the house and with her power she also is an important to the final showdown. Good performance to show a good character that has to deal with all the anti-good in the house. (8/10)

Director Review: Craig R Baxley – Great direction to turn this great story into such an interesting visual experience. (9/10)

 

Horror: Great build for horror that doesn’t scare you silly but offers enough jumps to keep you on the edge of your seat. (8/10)

Thriller: it may be four hours long but you just want to keep watching to see what will happen next. (9/10)

Special Effects: Some great special effects but some poor or dated effects. (7/10)

Believability: Many people believe at haunted house but this goes to the extremes. (5/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Settings: Rose Red is an excellent setting for the film showing that isolation even in the middle of a big city can create extra scares. (10/10)

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Suggestion: Stephen King fans have to watch this most horror fans have to watch this but just don’t expect gore. This is a great series that people will enjoy watching. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Cathy gets lost in the house.

Worst Part: It could be too long for some.

Oscar Chances: No but got nominated for Prime Time Emmy.

Chances of Sequel: No

 

Overall: Great miniseries that has plenty of scares.

Rating 85