Not each nook of Stephen King’s legendary thoughts is price exploring.
“The Boogeyman,” primarily based on a King quick story, performs out like most horror movies of the fashionable period.
- Lights that glint and fade
- CGI beasties that creep up in the darkish
- Characters that hold secrets and techniques to nudge the story ahead
- Things that predictably go bump in the night time
What “Boogeyman” has on its aspect is slick cinematography, a rock-stable actor in “Air” standout Chris Messina and a sturdy dance of sunshine and shadows.
We nonetheless count on extra from each King and his beloved style, particularly when a lot advertising muscle is behind the “Boogeyman”-King connection.
High schooler Sadie Harper (Sophie Thatcher) is heading again to high school after dropping her mom in a automotive crash. Her father, Will (Messina) works as a psychologist however retains the ache of the household’s loss to himself.
The Harpers’ struggling is about to worsen.
A sinister spirit is haunting each Sadie and her younger sister, Sawyer (Vivien Lyra Blair). This creepy beast thrives in the shadows however more and more haunts their lives in disturbing methods.
Can the household hold the monster at bay, and will its arrival be tied to a separate tragedy that occurred in their house?
“The Boogeyman” opens with promise, from a chilling prologue to director Rob Savage’s assured digicam work. It’s by no means dangerous when a good star like Messina is entrance and heart, no less than on paper, however younger Thatcher bears the burden of carrying the movie.
Another early, efficient scene options Will’s affected person (David Dastmalchian) describing how he misplaced not one however three kids in quick order. Again, Savage’s digicam work accentuates the menacing tone and unsettling nature of the person’s story.
We’re in for an additional horror deal with, no?
Then, slowly, the air seeps out of “The Boogeyman.” Sadie’s highschool clique is thinly sketched and extremely merciless – even by Mean Girl requirements. Messina’s character is pushed to the sidelines, and the standard horror film plot holes make themselves identified.
The movie falls right into a rut, establishing a predictable sample of creature appearances that coincide with darkness.
Eventually, we meet the expository character meant to gentle the way in which for our heroes, however even her look disappoints.
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More spectacular however redundant CGI, flickering lights, doorways that shut by themselves and different stale tips that not creep us out.
Sorry, however we don’t want Stephen King to inform these sorts of tales.
There’s a touch of one thing substantial in “Boogeyman,” however the screenplay has little curiosity in exploring it. When we refuse to course of our grief it leaves us open, and susceptible, and the title beast is the manifestation of that.
What a robust theme, particularly for a horror movie. “The Boogeyman” solely fitfully engages with it. Instead, we’re handled to a roll name of horror film 101.
HiT or Miss: “The Boogeyman” is neither uninteresting nor poorly executed. It’s simply achingly acquainted and all too predictable.