I sit in for NewsTalk 1010 host Jim Richards on the coast-to-coast-to-coast late night “NewsTalk Tonight” to play the game “Did Richard Crouse Like This?” This week we talk about the eye-popping “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse,” the drama “Bones of Crows” and the horror flick “The Boogeyman.”
Watch as I review three movies in less time than it takes to refill your Prosecco! Have a look as I race against the clock to tell you about the eye-popping “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse,” the drama “Bones of Crows” and the horror flick “The Boogeyman.”
I joined CP24 to have a look at new movies coming to VOD, streaming services and theatres. Today we talk about the eye-popping “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse,” the drama “Bones of Crows” and the horror flick “The Boogeyman.”
I join “CP24 Breakfast” to talk about what to see in theatres and on streaming service this weekend, including the eye-popping “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse” the horror flick “The Boogeyman” and the Netflix documentary “Anna Nicole Smith: You Don’t Know Me.”
I join 1290 CJBK in London and host Ken Eastwood to talk the new movies coming to theatres including the eye-popping “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse,” the drama “Bones of Crows” and the horror flick “The Boogeyman.”
I sit in on the CFRA Ottawa morning show with host Bill Carroll to talk the new movies coming to theatres including the eye-popping “Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse,” the drama “Bones of Crows” and the horror flick “The Boogeyman.”
The Boogeyman may be the most prevalent and terrifying creature to haunt the night. With no specific appearance, the Boogeyman can be anyone or anything that hides in the dark recesses of your mind, or under your bed.
In the new horror film, “The Boogeyman,” based on Stephen King’s short story of the same name from the 1978 anthology “Night Shift,” and now playing in theatres, the titular character is a murderous, malevolent force who feeds off grief.
The movie focusses on 16-year-old Sadie (“Yellowjackets” star Sophie Thatcher) and younger sister Sawyer Harper (Vivien Lyra Blair), both still smarting from the tragic death of the mother. Their father, therapist Will (Chris Messina), is so consumed by his own grief he is unable to provide the support his daughters need.
When Lester (David Dastmalchian), a disturbed man who claims that someone or something killed his children, shows up at their home, desperate for help, he unwittingly brings with him a dangerous entity that feasts on their anguish.
At first Sadie and Sawyer’s fear of this mysterious presence is brushed off as a “manifestation” of their imaginations. “When there are scary things we don’t understand,” says Dr. Weller (LisaGay Hamilton), “our minds try and fill in the blanks.”
As the terror continues, however, Will begins to take the danger seriously, as Sadie seeks ways to neutralize the threat.
“The Boogeyman” is another entry in the low light horror movie sweepstakes. Director Rob Savage keeps the aperture turned down, shooting in most scenes in the near dark, which is a perfect incubator for horror, but begs the question, “If the boogeyman only comes in the dark, why not turn on the lights?”
That quibble aside, “The Boogeyman” is an effective slow-burn tale of terror. It takes its time with the scares, introducing jump scares and slamming doors early on, building anxiety and tension, before getting face-to-face with the face of evil.
The monster itself is nothing much special, but the idea of it is the stuff of nightmares. A creature that feeds off you at your lowest point, that “likes to play with its food” to “scare them until they’re done,” is something that can burrow its way deep into your subconscious. It is at the center of the film, but Savage opts for jump scares over the psychological, blunting some of the story’s true emotional horror.
Having said that, the relationship between the two sisters ups the ante as Sadie risks it all to protect her younger sibling.
“The Boogeyman” is more anxiety inducing than actually scary, but it is an interesting take on grief, and how sometimes you have to put the past behind you to move forward.
Watch Richard review three movies in less time than it takes to get all shook up! Have a look as he races against the clock to tell you about Baz Luhrmann’s flashy king of rock n’ roll biopic “Elvis,” the one-ringy-dingy terror of “The Black Phone” and the Arctic thrills of “Slash/Back.”