There is one thing genuinely scary about "Boogeyman 2." That would be that the first three words onscreen are "Ulli Lommel Presents." Lommel has made some terrible films (Don't believe me? Check out "Revenge of the Stolen Stars.") but this one is among his very worst. (As a caution, there are two films of this name and this review is for the 1983 release, not the 2007 movie.) It is highly derivative and highly boring. The script is awful, and the acting worse. Lommel stars against Suzanna Love as Lacey, a young woman haunted by her past and the gruesome deaths of her family and friends.
While the film is sadistic, it is also incredibly plodding and fails to chill on any level. While the film allegedly stars John Carradine, be advised that he is in it as a dour psychiatrist for maybe five minutes. It's a shame, as he turns in the best performance in the film (not that that's saying much.) The plot revolves around a house where murders occurred years ago. There's a mirror that witnessed the killings and little pieces of it possess people and objects to bring more death and destruction. I will not bore you with details, but the following is a non-exhaustive list of murderously possessed items: scissors, electric hedge trimmers, a window frame (not the glass part, you understand,) a medicine cabinet, a can of shaving cream, and my personal favorite, a toothbrush. Bonus points go to Lommel for the most ridiculously deadly French kiss in history.
The "Exorcist" and "Amityville Horror" influences are obvious, but the film is clearly not in the same league. The film centers on B-movie personalities in Hollywood, where Lacey confronts her past while the cast gets thinned out. The film has poor sound and lots of annoying directorial choices and camera work (the closeups of children's toys in the dark, etc.) that utterly fail to create suspense or horror. The film winds down with a jarringly quick, but wholly ridiculous conclusion involving a convertible in the desert with three unlikeable cast members in it. I couldn't help but think of the parallel sequences in "Manos, The Hands of Fate," but "Manos" is a much more enjoyable movie.
Even John Carradine's most devoted fans may want to steer clear of "Boogeyman 2," surely one of the most trying horror films of his career to endure. You have been warned.