Boogeyman 3 (2009) - Unrated

Genre(s): Horror
Sony || Unrated - 94 minutes - $24.96 || January 20, 2009
Reviewer: Brian Oliver || Posted On: 2009-01-20


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Gary Jones
Writer(s): Brian Sieve (written by)
Cast: Erin Cahill, Chuck Hittinger, Mimi Michaels, Matt Rippy, Nikki Sanderson, WB Alexander, Elyes Gabel, George Maguire


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Deleted Scenes
  • 3 Featurettes


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (1.85)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.0), French (Dolby Digital 5.0)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

“This is ridiculous.” The main character said it, not me...

Boogeyman 3 has a connection with the second entry (a sequel to the 2005 stinker co-starring Emily Deschanel of “Bones” fame) surrounding the daughter of Dr. Mitchell Allen (playing in Boogeyman 2 by Tobin Bell) who was killed by the legendary monster. Distraught over her father’s death, Audrey returns to college after she herself is being tormented by the ‘Boogeyman’ until one day the monster finally gets her too, not before her friend Sarah (Erin Cahill) witnesses the attack which, to others, looked like Audrey had committed suicide.

Now Sarah, who has yet to truly deal with her own issues of the suicide of her mother, feels the Boogeyman is targeting her college dorm and her friends, and she has reason for concern especially since there are four or five (I lost count) 2-dimensional characters who are prime for Boogey-killings. She also discovers something else about the Boogeyman and his devious motives, which is impressive since she was able to decipher is all through his evil cackling.

Boogeyman 3 isn’t so much a bad movie but more a “so what” kind of film. There are a couple scary moments and I credit director Gary Jones for not wasting my time with false scares (cat jumping from out of nowhere, a roommate hiding in the closet, etc), but at the same time it’s also not all that original. Combine that with thinly written characters who are merely there for “new” gruesome deaths – or a main character who I’m unsure why she even has a back-story – and you have a movie that is borderline on bad and average.

My other issue comes with the Boogeyman him/itself. The fact is, he isn’t like Candyman played by Tony Todd, no Boogeyman is a creature with makeup who has some sort of asthma laugh and comes out of closets to kill his victims. Sure, he’s disgusting, but frightening? I’ve seen far worse on the city streets... I wouldn’t have so much of a problem with such a cheesy villain, but the filmmakers seemed to take the material too seriously. The story should’ve been a cheese-fest with that classic 80’s horror feel (including gratuitous nudity) yet I couldn’t even have a good time laughing at the lousy material.

Like the movie itself, the cast is pretty much forgettable. Lead actress Erin Cahill has a sort of Eliza Dushku vibe to her and I didn’t think she was that bad, but the script didn’t really provide her with much opportunity to excel. But the supporting cast is, as I mentioned before, food for the Boogeyman and his so-called creative ways of butchery.

Perhaps those who are easily scared might find this enjoyable enough but I for one will probably forget about this in less than 24 hours. Again, it’s not a terrible movie, however it isn’t anything memorable either. Given the trend with direct-to-DVD sequels, I’m sure they’ll be more down the line and as cheap as these are to make: no name actors plus cheap production (this was filmed in Bulgaria) equals numerous sequels (so long as they continue to sell).

Boogeyman 3 despite its 1980s horror vibe fails to be remotely scary, outside of a couple moments, and features a story and villain that is at best average. Skip.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

The disc contains 2 throw away deleted scenes (2:31) and a few featurettes: Creating the Boogeyman (6:17), Boogey in Bulgaria (6:05) and Deconstructing the Deaths (6:12). You can watch each individually or a “Play All” option is available.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

Boogeyman 3 is presented in anamorphic widescreen with a pretty standard 1.85 aspect ratio. The visuals aren’t very strong but for a direct-to-DVD flick, it’s not too bad.

Sony offers a Dolby Digital 5.0 track which is fine but also a little weak at times. Given it is a 5.0 track; you’re not getting any bass with this horror film so there’s not much impact. Dialog is nice and clear, however and it’s good enough for most, but it won’t blow you away.



.::OVERALL::.

Boogeyman 3 isn’t a terrible movie and from what I remember about the original, it probably is a step up. However, for a horror film is pretty ordinary and, worse yet, not at all scary. Unlike some classic horror movie villains (Jason, Freddy, etc), this Boogeyman is just a hideous looking dude who needs to use Proactiv® pronto, but scary? Not so much.