Fifteen years ago, Tim Jensen
(Watson) was told a story about the man who lived in your closet and who get you
when lights went out. Terrified to go to sleep, his dad came into show him that
everything was safe, only to be taken before his very eyes. Now grown up, Tim
was still gripped by fear but on hearing about the death of his mother, he realises
he has to return to the house were it all started.
starting well with the remake of 'The Grudge', Sam Raimi's production company
'Ghost House Pictures' second picture is an original fright fest but does it have
what it takes to produce some genuine scares? Definitely not!
where high when Sam Raimi started his own film company to specialise in horror
but after this effort you might start thinking it is going down the same route
as Robert Zemeckis's Dark Castle Entertainment buy producing unoriginal, mundane
horror movies. This is horror on its most basic level, providing the most basic
scares and delivering a pay off that is extremely predictable and just plain lame.
By trying to utilise different camera techniques, quick focus,
erratic movements and fast cuts, director Stephen T. Kay, wants to create as many
jumps as he can but he just doesn't have the still or vision of the current leaders
in the field, Asian cinema. For a film that is supposed to be running on tension,
the level is high in the beginning but then plunges to an all time low when it
comes to the completely awful finale.
The main problem with
the movie is the pacing. It is just far too slow and this just dissipates any
tension that has been built up in the pre-credit sequence. The film plods along,
offering the odd jump but as the movie builds to its inevitable climate, everything
becomes far too clichéd and repetitive. How many times do we have to have Tim
looking scared while looking at a closet door?
reveal of the Boogeyman himself is the biggest let down. Originality is thrown
totally out of the window and, as with many Hollywood horror flicks, they do not
reveal the origins or reasoning behind his actions. What drives him to torment
little children? Where does he come from? How did he get his powers? These questions
are unanswered and this will frustrate most horror fans.
is an example of Hollywood doing horror extremely badly. With no real creativity
or originality, this is a like and instruction manual on what not to do. By trying
to imitate the Japanese style but combining it with the traditional tinsel town
monster, the filmmakers have created something that just doesn't work and creates
no tension, suspense or real horror. You'd be right in expecting more from Sam
Raimi's production company.
PICTURE & SOUND
in Anamorphic Widescreen 1.85:1 with Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound, the movie
is presented very well.
Cast and Crew Interviews Evolution of the
Horror film (14.55 mins)
Director Stephen Kay, producer Rob Tapert and
stars Barry Watson, Lucy Lawless, Skye McCole Bartusiak, Tory Tusset and Emily
Deschanel talk about bringing 'Boogeyman' to the silver screen. The cast and crew
reveal the influences behind the movie, looking at the Japanese approach to the
genre. They also look at night terror experiences and explain what they think
the Boogeyman actually is.
Crew, Characters and Cast (19.35 mins)
Stephen Kay, producer Rob Tapert and stars Barry Watson, Lucy Lawless, Skye McCole
Bartusiak, Tory Tusset and Emily Deschanel talk about the technical aspects and
characters of the movie. Here we are taken behind the scenes of the film making
process, highlighting the look and feel of the piece and the influences behind
the aesthetics. The featurette also looks that the characters Tim, Jessica, Kate,
Franny and Tim's mother, as each actor and actress discusses their roles.
Scenes (15.52 mins)
Entitled 'Alternative Ending', 'Trying to rescue Dad',
'Tim strapping himself into a chair', 'Owner of the backpack', 'Bedroom flashback
& dead cat', 'Park & Street scene', 'Photocopy room and Jessica in the office',
these deleted or alternative scenes suffer from a lack of commentary or introduction
to inform you why they were cut.
Storyboards (9.15 mins)
the animated storyboards for 'Opening', 'Missing Children' and the 'Alternative
Ending'. These transition from the actual film into the animated storyboard, letting
you put them into the context of the film.
Visual Effects Progression
Watch the how the visual effects were created for the 'bathroom',
'final confrontation' and 'the battle' sequence' at various stages of completion.
though this is a completely awful horror movie, the DVD transfer is good. Despite
the lack of a commentary track (probably due to embarrassment), the rest of the
extras are very watchable, even when you hear producer Rob Tapert comparing the
film to 'Evil Dead'. Fans of the film will be very happy.