At 23, Tim (played by star Barry Watson) is still scared of the boogeyman. When he was eight he saw him spirit off his dad into his bedroom cupboard – and he never heard from him again!
Now, for reasons best known to the scriptwriters, Watson’s Tim has got to spend one night in his old Gothic home (a doctor advises him: ‘It will help’– yeah right!) and face the source of all his fears.
Director Stephen Kay’s slick, very flash-looking 2005 chiller wants to be a Japanese style horror movie but is just silly, silly, silly – with no proper monster, no sense, no surprises and a letdown ending. But the situation grabs you, Watson is a personable hero, there are 13 big frights in the film and the 86 minutes rush by. Andrew Glover is the Boogeyman.
The story is by Eric Kripke, who also writes the screenplay with Juliet Snowden and Stiles White.
You’ll no doubt be pleased to hear that there are intense sequences of horror and terror/violence, and some partial nudity.
Also in the cast are Emily Deschanel, Lucy Lawless, Tory Mussett, Charles Mesure and Skye McCole Bartusiak.
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