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A 1980 film directed by Ulli Lommel

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Mirrors often reflect things other than an image.

  • Dec 18, 2009
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Suzanna Love stars as Lacey a young woman who's life is plagued by a childhood incident that involved her brother, the babysitter, her boyfriend, a knife and a mirror.  Years have passed and her brother Wily (played by Suzanna's real life brother Nicholas) has been shocked into a state of silence by the incident.  Lacey has been having violent and ghastly dreams about a masked slasher that wants to kill her.  Does this monster in her dreams have any relationship to an old ghost from the past?  John Carradine has a small role as a psychiatrist who tries to uncover the mystery to Lacey's nightmare.

The Boogeyman was a surprise hit on the independent circuit.  Ulli Lommel was looking to making a stylish exploitation horror film that would make him a lot a money.  Highly influenced by "Halloween" (the photography and lighting), Fritz Lang (the use of shadows) and his last horror film "Tenderness of the Wolves".  The film was such a hit that Hollywood came calling.  But Lommel didn't want to be typecast as a horror filmmaker and turned down offers to direct more slasher films.  Years later the movie was quasi-remade and in return for letting them remake the movie, The Boogeyman was re-released on DVD through Sony.  A big hit?  Yes.  Sadly, instant success has it's draw backs.  Lommel made a sequel, a re-edited version of the film and has reused footage from it (too keep the rights tot he footage) in quite a few of his other projects.

I enjoyed The Boogeyman for what it is.  A cheesy, glossy and violent horror film.
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Director: Ulli Lommel
Genre: Horror
Release Date: 1980
MPAA Rating: R
Screen Writer: Ulli Lommel, Suzanna Love
Runtime: 82 minutes
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