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Boogeyman | 2005 | PG-13 | - 4.6.2

A man (Barry Watson) is tormented with the memories of a story that his father told him when he was young about a Boogeyman who hides in closets. The subsequent disappearance of his father confirms his fears, and he think it's the Boogeyman who's responsible for taking his father away. After the man's ailing mother dies he is convinced to spend one night in his childhood home in order to confront once and for all the Boogeyman fear that has haunted him since childhood. Also with Emily Deschanel, Skye McCole Bartusiak, Lucy Lawless and Robyn Malcolm. Directed by Stephen T Kay. [1:26]

SEX/NUDITY 4 - A woman takes off her jacket (she is wearing a tank top that reveals her bra straps and cleavage), she climbs on a bed behind a seated man, hugs him, kisses him and invites him to join her in the bathtub. A man and a woman kiss, she tells him, "I'll sneak into your room later and make it up to you," and he says, "I'll put on something naughty." A man lies in bed, a woman climbs in with him (she is wearing a tank top and panties), they snuggle briefly (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). A man and a woman kiss in several scenes, and a man and a woman hug. A nude woman is thrown around while in a bathtub and lifted into the air; we see her form but details are not clear (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). A woman takes off her bra (we see her bare back and panties), drops her panties (we see them around her ankles), and climbs into a bathtub (we see her bare legs).


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VIOLENCE/GORE 6 - A man looks into a dark closet while his young son looks on: something roars from inside the closet, grabs the man, pulls him in while the boy watches, the man jumps out of the closet, is grabbed again, slammed into the door frame, thrashed around and pulled back into the closet. A man holds a nail gun toward a man, begins shooting, and we see that he is shooting at something behind the man; we see a flash of greenish, charred skin and reddened teeth and this creature grabs the man with the nail gun, and wraps him in plastic sheeting, while another man tries to cut the plastic off, cuts the man instead (we see a spot of blood), and then the creature drags the man off (we hear the man screaming). A boy lies in bed in his darkened bedroom, with lightning flashing outside, he is fearful and looks around the room seeing inanimate objects coming to life and moving (a mobile of a bird squeaks and flutters and a pile of clothing stands and walks toward him). A boy hears loud creaking noises, he gets out of bed to investigate, something moves under his bed, and he jumps into bed and covers himself with a blanket, while a figure is walking toward him and something touches his back (it's his father). A bathtub fills with water, then sludge pours from the faucet, and then a woman bursts up from under the water; a man tries to grab her arm, she flails and is thrashed back and forth, and a figure pulls her up in the air and carries her away. A man sits in a chair in front of a closet, the room begins to shake, things begin to get pulled into the closet, and we see flashes of a charred face and something grabbing at the man's leg; the man hits it with a baseball bat, it bursts into many birds or bats, a man and a woman hold onto furniture and are nearly dragged inside the closet, and the door slams shut. A woman is grabbed by something, dragged into a bedroom, grabbed again and dragged under a bed (we hear snarling and moaning), a man holds onto her, and then both fall into another room. A man finds a bag full of missing children posters, we see a figure walking through an adjoining room, the man goes to investigate a noise and sees a child, then another, then many children all reaching up toward him (the children are ashen and we hear them screaming); the man runs out of the house. A man pulls his car off the road to remove a bird from his windshield (we see the bird's beak stuck into the glass and we hear squishing and see blood); the man turns on the windshield wipers and they press on the bird moving it back and forth, and he then he picks it up and throws it on the ground. A man in bed snuggles with who he thinks to be his girlfriend, but we see a woman with grey-tinged skin, sunken eyes and wrinkles that turns over to look at him; he panics, falls out of bed, and she touches his face, and pulls his eyes open to make him look at her. A light flickers on and off in a closet, a man approaches the closet with a hammer in his hand, he goes inside, and is startled by his reflection in a mirror; he then feels something grabbing him, he thrashes, he is pulled back and forth, and he falls out of the door and onto the floor (we see a cut on his cheek). A crow flies into the windshield of a car as a man drives along a highway, and he swerves nearly hitting an oncoming truck. A man looks at his dead mother lying in a coffin and imagines her moving and touching his hand (in a quick flash) and he jumps back. A man walks toward a door, reaches for the doorknob, imagines a face with blood splatters (in a quick flash), and he pulls back. A young girl in a psychiatric hospital screams in terror and looks up at a ceiling tile that is slightly ajar, as if she sees something beyond it; nurses rush in and give her an injection to calm her down. A man locks a young boy in a closet to teach him how to be brave and confront his fear, and the boy is terrified and pounds on the door begging for his father to let him out. A man talks about a man whose daughter was "lost," and that the man went mad; we see the story playing out as the man nails all the doors and windows shut, then straps himself into a chair in front of the last open door and waits to confront whatever it is in the closet (we see the man screaming and flinching). A man hammers doors and windows shut, and then they push the nails out and blow open. A man walks into a dark closet and bursts out into a room scaring a woman who has been looking for him. A man sees a dark silhouette in a window and panics, pounding on the door, thinking a friend of his is in danger. A man goes into a dark and abandoned house, wind blows through, doors creak, floors creak and moan, and the man hears voices. A man walks through a dark, foggy park, he hears noises (growling and rumbling) and appears frightened. We see a bloody hand print on the side of a bathtub, and a woman has a scratch on her forehead. A man walks into a dark shed after hearing noises and discovers a young girl hiding inside. We hear a woman telling police that someone has been taken and it is not clear whether it is a child or a dog. A horse appears frightened, rears and throws its rider to the ground, and she hits her head but is all right. A man and his wife argue. There are several scenes where a man stands looking into dark closets or corners and is very frightened. We see people grieving at a funeral.


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LANGUAGE 2 - 1 mild scatological term, 3 mild obscenities, 3 religious exclamations.


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DISCUSSION TOPICS - Abandonment, separation, divorce, crippling fear, scary stories, death of a parent, disappearance of a parent, imagination, mental illness, death of a child, missing children.

MESSAGE - Confronting fears is the only way to dismiss them.

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Be aware that while we do our best to avoid spoilers it is impossible to disguise all details and some may reveal crucial plot elements.

We've gone through several editorial changes since we started covering films in 1992 and older reviews are not as complete & accurate as recent ones; we plan to revisit and correct older reviews as resources and time permits.

Our ratings and reviews are based on the theatrically-released versions of films; on video there are often Unrated, Special, Director's Cut or Extended versions, (usually accurately labelled but sometimes mislabeled) released that contain additional content, which we did not review.


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