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(aka "The Boogey Man" or "The Boogeyman")

 

directed by Ulli Lommel
USA 1980

 

"The most terrifying nightmare of childhood is about to return!" when siblings Lacey (Suzanna Love, HAIR!) and Willy (Nicholas Love, WILD AT HEART) receive a letter from their dying mother who wishes to see them one more time. The letter brings back traumatic childhood memories of Willy stabbing his mother's abusive lover to death. Although no one thinks to seek help for Willy - who has been mute since the act, squirrels away knives, and paints over mirrors - Lacey's husband Jake (Ron James, OLIVIA) takes her to a psychiatrist (John Carradine, THE HOUSE OF SEVEN CORPSES) for her nightmares, and he suggests they revisit her childhood home to confront her fears. The mirror in which Lacey witnessed the murder still hangs in the bedroom and she smashes it when she sees her mother's lover in the reflection. For some odd reason, Jake takes the pieces of the mirror back home with them and puts it back together; however, stray shards containing the vengeful spirit of the dead man start wreaking telekinetic havoc: first upon the family currently living in the house, and then upon some picnicking teenage slasher film cannon fodder, as the force makes its way to the farmhouse where Willy and Lacey live with her husband and their uncle and aunt. By the time they are ready to believe, it may be too late for an excorcism!

A supernatural take on the body count film - with a side of CARRIE-esque telekinetics - THE BOOGEY MAN is mostly derivative of John Carpenter's HALLOWEEN in terms of its titular menace, an atmospheric electronic score, as well as prowling camerawork (no Panaglide in this case, though) and an emphasis on the gaze. The film might even be regarded as inferior to the Carpenter work, but this early bid for the American mainstream from director Ulli Lommel's (BLACK DAHLIA) - who got his start as an actor in films by Rainer Werner Fassbinder (who would then prodduce his directorial debut TENDERNESS OF THE WOLVES) - has an elegant and unsettling identity all of its own thanks to a certain European artiness, some psychological awareness, and the central performance of then-girlfriend/muse Love who would grace most his eighties works. The sequel BOOGEYMAN II was directed by Lommel's assistant director Bruce Starr and would feature Lommel himself as a producer who listens to Lacey's experiences (with liberal recycling of footage from the first film) before a wickedly funny party finale in which several shallow show business types are skewered figurately and then literally as a shard of the cursed mirror makes its way into the Hollywood Hills in Lacey's luggage (avoid at all costs Lommel's own "redux" version released on DVD by Image Entertainment). A dreary direct-to-video sequel THE RETURN OF THE BOOGEYMAN would follow in 1994 directed by cameraman Deland Nuse (THE CHILLING) and also featuring heavy recycling of footage from the first film. Besides the score by Tim Krog, the film also includes two songs by 4 Out of 5 Doctors (whose work also was also showcased in the slasher THE HOUSE ON SORORITY ROW).

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 7 November 1980 (USA)

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Comparison:

Anchor Bay Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Sony Pictures Home Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC vs. 88 Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas and for the DVD Screen Caps!

1) Anchor Bay Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - LEFT

2) Sony Pictures Home Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) 88 Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray - RIGHT

 

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Distribution

Anchor Bay Entertainment

Region 0 - NTSC

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Region 1 - NTSC
88 Films
Region FREE -
Blu-ray
Runtime 1:21:48 1:21:39 1:21:54.910
Video

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.84 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.94 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 30,489,908,822 bytes

Feature: 20,419,454,976 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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Anchor Bay Entertainment

 

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88 Films Blu-ray

 

Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono

English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono

LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
Subtitles none none none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
 2 TV spots (4:3; 1:04)

DVD Release Date: 16 February 1999
Amaray

Chapters 29
 

Release Information:
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
Previews for 'The Cave', 'The Boogeyman' (2005), 'The Grudge', 'Resident Evil: Apocalypse',  'Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid', 'Devour', and 'Chupacabra Terror'
 

DVD Release Date: 6 September 2005
Amaray

Chapters 12

Release Information:
Studio:
88 Films

 

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 30,489,908,822 bytes

Feature: 20,419,454,976 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.99 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:
• Interview with Ulli Lommel (17:41)
• Trailer (2:05)
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TV Spots (1:02)

• Stills Gallery (1:31)
 

Blu-ray Release Date: March 23rd, 2015
Red Blu-ray case

Chapters 8

 

 

 

Comments

NOTE: These Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

 

ADDITION: 88 Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray (March 15'): The 88 Films 1080P transfer shows more information the frame - on all four sides of the Anchor Bay DVD and on the top and bottom of the Sony SD.  The Sony DVD also looks vertically stretched wedged between the other two release screen grabs. Skin tones cool to a more natural appearance. It is also sharper and is the best eaily over the other two - supported with a dual-layered rendering and a high bitrate around 5X that of the DVD transfers.

 

The uncompressed linear PCM is also crisper and more even although I thought I noticed some sync issues - but if they were there - they weren't an issue, IMO. Like the DVDs there are no subtitles offered, but the 88 Films Blu-ray is region FREE!

 

Extras include an interview with the director Ulli Lommel running almost 18-minutes, a trailer, TV Spots and a Stills gallery. I suspect an Easter Egg or two but I didn't investigate too thoroughly. Perhaps, if it exists, it will be a nice surprise for the purchasers.

 

Early 80's slasher-style horror - actually fairly adeptly produced with a significantly superior video presentation over the previous digital releases. Recommended to those keen on the genre.

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ON THE DVDs: Sony issued a double-sided disc with the second sequel RETURN OF THE BOOGEYMAN (a 1994 direct-to-video item that combined footage from the first film with new video footage) as a tie-in with the unrelated 2005 Sam Raimi-produced film THE BOOGEYMAN using an older non-anmorphic letterboxed master. It was later reissued in an anamorphic widescreen transfer from an HD master (the 1994 sequel, of course, was not remastered). The anamorphic one should mention being mastered in HD on the back of the case as well as the disc ring label. The Anchor Bay disc remains of value for the inclusion of a letterboxed transfer of Lommel's atmospheric THE DEVONSVILLE TERROR.

 -Eric Cotenas

 


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2) Sony Pictures Home Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC - MIDDLE

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1) Anchor Bay Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) Sony Pictures Home Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC - MIDDLE

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1) Anchor Bay Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) Sony Pictures Home Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC - MIDDLE

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1) Anchor Bay Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) Sony Pictures Home Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) 88 Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


1) Anchor Bay Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) Sony Pictures Home Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) 88 Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


1) Anchor Bay Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) Sony Pictures Home Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) 88 Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


1) Anchor Bay Entertainment - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) Sony Pictures Home Entertainment - Region 1 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) 88 Films - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 


 

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88 Films Blu-ray

Extras: 88 Films Blu-ray

 
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Distribution

Anchor Bay Entertainment

Region 0 - NTSC

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Region 1 - NTSC
88 Films
Region FREE - Blu-ray

 

 


 

 



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