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  • Actors: Barry Watson, Emily Deschanel, Skye McCole Bartusiak, Tory Mussett, Andrew Glover
  • Directors: Stephen T. Kay
  • Producers: Sam Raimi, Robert G. Tapert
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 4 July 2005
  • Run Time: 89 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009KKWGI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,361 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Supernatural horror produced by Sam Raimi. Tim (Barry Watson) is a young man haunted by the memories of a horrific incident in his childhood home, in which his father was killed. Convinced that Tim's memories of the mythic 'Boogeyman' are part of an elaborate psychological phobia, his psychiatrist sends him back to the house to confront his fears, reasoning that a night spent in his childhood bedroom will cure him. But when Tim realises that his memories were right all along, he finds himself trapped inside the house with the vicious supernatural killer and decides that he must fight his fears in a more literal manner than his psychiatrist intended.

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Since movies began, thrillers have depended on a door just slightly ajar, with a narrow slit of darkness that promises to hold your worst fears. In the first five minutes of Boogeyman, a young boy's father is violently sucked into a closet, scarring the boy so badly that he grows up to be blank-faced Barry Watson, who plays Tim, an editor at a newspaper. Tim, to impress his girlfriend's parents, wears a coat and tie but doesn't shave his sexy stubble. A premonition of his mother's death drives him back to his childhood home so he can exorcise his phobias. From there...well, there's lots of atmospheric cinematography, regular jolts of loud music, and many quick edits. What actually happens is pretty obscure and, really, not worth unobscuring. The obsession with doors and doorknobs verges on the avant-garde. Also featuring a brief glimpse of Lucy Lawless, wearing some truly terrible old-age makeup. --Bret Fetzer, Amazon.com

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2.9 out of 5 stars

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Jolley HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 31 Oct. 2005
Format: DVD
When are Hollywood writers and directors going to learn? Once you show us the "monster," it's no longer scary. I don't understand this obsession with CGI and special effects; this movie isn't original by any means, but it works reasonably well - until the special effects guys take over toward the end. Besides showing us what the Boogeyman looks like, they also give us a climax that is much ado about nothing. Apparently, they believed that they could cover up the flatline of an ending by making us dizzy and distracting us with the power of giant fans off-screen. It's disappointing because Boogeyman could have been a pretty good scary movie.
There is a reason that this kind of thing-in-the-closet movie with all of the standard horror clichés keeps being made - quite simply, it works to some degree. At some point in our childhoods, we all were scared of the dark and the monster in the closet (or under the bed), and my own feeling is that we adults are also - deep down inside - still a little afraid of the proverbial Boogeyman. Silly it may be, but I wouldn't go to sleep with a closet door left open for all the tea in China. The basic premise works because we can all identify with it. Boogeyman starts out following the traditional path - the child in bed intro, the spooky closet door phobia, the creepy old house where everything squeaks, and the movement of nasty little somethings just outside our field of vision. Then the filmmakers expanded things out a little and added another perspective - that's okay, even though I and probably most viewers saw right through it from the very beginning. Then they just blew it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Miis R. E. Gardner on 21 May 2006
Format: DVD
Now this film is a strange one. The ideas behind it are great, everyone in the world has been scared of a boogyman at some point (Mine lived in our bathroom.) But as usual this film failed to deliver. The effects were bad and it became tedious that a grown man was still scared of a thing that lived in his closest!! However i have given it 3 stars because there are a few good moments in the film, where i nearly became scared, and i really loved the fact that the cupboards and closets were all linked (When he entered his closet at home and ended up back at the motel) They could have worked on this a little better and made something genuinly scarey. Not completely appaling, if you forget that its supposed to be a horror film.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. WARE on 31 Mar. 2006
Format: DVD
The best thing about this DVD is the extras. About 50 minutes worth, but the making of is best. Why? Because it is so funny hearing the cast and crew talking about making a serious horror movie, a great character driven film with human drama, yada yada yada.
Their comments made me laugh so much that it is actually worth watching because it is more entertaining than the actual film, which is suspenseless, scare less and just plain daft.
It is about a man confronting his fear of cupboards. Yes, cupboards, wardrobes, closets, confined spaces. He fears there is a boogeyman inside them, you see. So he tries to get over his fear by facing it...
Which wouldn't have been so bad if the CGI effects hadn't looked like Nintendo graphics. Still, what's even worse, is that it doesn't make sense. The film is saying the boogeyman doesn't exist, so the guy shouldn't be scared, yet they have finale that involves...yes, a boogeyman. What?!
Coupled that with lame dialogue, cliche acting, and just bizarro plot twists, and this is one of the worst films ever. But watch the extras though!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John on 21 April 2007
Format: DVD
I fell asleep part way through this film and its so monotonous in storyline that I wasn't sure which part I had seen before falling asleep. Anyway I watched some of it again in case I had missed an expected horror part. I kept waiting for the scary part until it ended! Not scary it all and yet it says on the cover it will make me jump out of my skin! Not true! Good job this was only a loan! Don't waste your time trying to understand this film its not worth it!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Tracy Vermeulen on 6 Jun. 2006
Format: DVD
The most exciting part of this film was when the end credits arrived, hooray its over. What a waste of 186 minutes, for the first hour nothing happens but noises coming from the closets and a few spooky screams, the action all happens in the last ten minutes and even then you don't know how he worked out how to get rid of it or why he was there in the first place leave this one well alone. This deserves no stars
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Although I've given this one star, I think it probably falls in the "so bad it's good" category, because some of it is unintentionally funny (little girl and her scarf, the "I have to go" moments, etc.)

Most of the film is really just a man called Tim wandering around being constantly frightened by strange bumps, whirls and whoops. It doesn't seem to matter where he goes, something vaguely spooky ends up happening. He could be shopping in Tesco on a Saturday afternoon for all it matters, he'd still end up suddenly being shocked by a tube of toothpaste falling off a shelf, or a flickering light bulb in the frozen food section, or a mysterious figure who shoots across the front of the screen and actually turns out to be a baguette.

After this has gone on for about an hour, he finally confronts the "boogeyman", who I guess is supposed to have been responsible for all of these strange happenings. This really just results in a lot of flashing lights and culminates ultimately in him punching the boogeyman in the face. It didn't seem to be any more complex than that. I apologise if that ruins the ending, but really I'm not sure if someone punching the boogeyman in the face really qualifies as an ending.

As one of the other reviews stated, the whole concept doesn't make much sense. If the story was some sort of metaphor about confronting your fears (i.e. none of these strange figures/noises really existed and he just had to confront them to move on with his life) then that would be fine, but the fact that the boogeyman ends up going on a killing spree at the end pretty much dispels that idea.
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