review by Bobby Blakey
Throughout his career, they have adapted many of Stephen King’s books and stories into films and TV series and show no signs of slowing down. The latest, The Boogeyman is adapted from his short story that was published in 1973. The film stars Sophie Thatcher, Chris Messina, Vivian Lyra Blair, Marin Ireland, Madison Hu, LisaGay Hamilton, and David Dastmalchian. Could this latest King adaptation bring the scares or will it be nothing more than a kids bedtime story?
The Boogeyman follows high school student Sadie Harper and her younger sister Sawyer are reeling from the recent death of their mother and aren’t getting much support from their father, Will, a therapist who is dealing with his own pain. When a desperate patient unexpectedly shows up at their home seeking help, he leaves behind a terrifying supernatural entity that preys on families and feeds on the suffering of its victims.
I love a good horror flick especially if there is some sort of creature involved. With this kind of film the entire thing really hinges on the tone and even more so the look and execution of the creature itself. Thankfully the creature is all kinds of cool all around and they took their time to properly reveal the whole look. They have allowed the film to slow build while still having things happening to keep you engaged throughout.
The story is pretty simple, but has just enough layers without getting to convoluted and getting lost in itself. I felt it is well crafted like a King story, but admit that I have never read the short story its is based on so cannot comment on if it is close to the source material or not. I like what they did here and felt it uses the slow build tension of the story to suck you in before
fully unleashing the terror. It isn’t overly scary, but does offer up some jump scares for fans to enjoy.
This isn’t offering up anything that we haven’t seen before in the genre with some much better options, but it fully embraces what it is bringing to the table and works. I loved this creature and that alone made me really dig this flick. Add to the mix a good story, good performances and potential for a new horror franchise and you have a flick worth checking out for the horror fans out there.
In addition to the film this release offers up bonus content including outtakes and a featurette taking you behind bringing this new horror flick to life. Grab your copy of The Boogeyman available now on digital, Blu-ray and DVD from 20th Century Studios.