since he was a child, a troubled man
named Tim (Barry Watson) has been creeped
out by the boogeyman that's in his old
closet whenever the lights went out.
His father Mr. Jensen (Charles Mesure)
tried to convince him that the boogeyman
doesn't exist but eventually it killed
Nowadays, Tim is seeing hallucinations
and goes back to his old house which has
been abandoned ever since and tries to
find out from an aid of a little girl
named Franny (Skye McCole Bartusiak) how
to stop the boogeyman before he wreaks
more havoc as he feels like he's going
crazy about this issue since he can't
seem to escape from this deadly spirit
whom is trying to keep him at his old
house and making him create more anxiety
and frightened too.
There's good displays the going
on's in a dark room and truly revealing
your fears of the dark. We have an impressive opening with a
child playing a younger Tim lying
in bed acting a little scared of the dark
and looking around his room seeing
ghostly events and him trying to put a
stop to all this.
There's a good presence on the dad pulling the covers
away from his son as you thought it would
be the boogeyman. He looks good at
standing inside the closet and you expect
something to jump up and get him and
later it does. It looks good when he is
When the story takes place present day there are perfect camera shots with the now older Tim closing a closet door as the
camera is standing behind the closet when
he shuts it as well as him looking under
the bed. With all this you wonder if
something spooky might happen.
We spot a real tense hallucination
sequence involving supporting character Mary Jensen returning from the dead
towards Tim as he is on the
floor quivering and she is acting intense
with him with paranoid features.
We spot a nice shot in a hospital room on
a child screaming in fear in her hospital bed
while staring at something as she shows
nice wide eyed expressions.
We spot a good flashback memory of an
argument between Mary and Mr. Jensen,
then Tim's father is standing there
looking expressionless as the picture has
a nice dysfunctional feel to it.
Nice looking shot of the camera looking
down on Tim when he is trying
to screw a llightbulb into its socket to
make it stay lit in the closet and fast
movement and blurry scenes in the closet
as if something is attacking him in
The discussion for the first time between Tim and another child was very still in the night outside which
had a nice dark and suspenseful feel to
it as there was a nice wind howling sound
and some mist too.
There's good shots on each of the characters like Tim in his hotel looking around and acting
worried along with Kate in the old house looking
for him. Then we have a nice jumping moment when
they each go to the door and shock one
Both Tim and Kate play
off well by trying to battle this evil
force expecially in a bathroom scene as
there's great effects there with stuff
coming out of the bathtub and swarming
around them. They also react well by
grabbing onto something in a bedroom when
a closet door opens up and tries to suck
Bottom line is that there are many jumps, twists and turns on this story and shows
nice shots on people's hands opening
doors and supernatural forces catching
you by surprise. A fairly well done
and spooky flick for those who were
scared of the dark as a child.
It was almost a message towards the end
of the film on how to overcome your
fears. It didn't do all that well at the box
office but that's to be expected since
this was a cult film but it was quite
imaginative and very detailed on every
childs fear of the dark like I mentioned
and would scare any little kid while
watching this one.
The acting is very
good. Barry Watson's (Tim Jensen) performance
was a plus. He knew how to make his
character come to life expecially with
his anxiety attacks and fear of the dark.
Shows a great inensity and showing off a good anxiety too. There's a great powerful reaction with him when he tries to go to the
aid of another actor on how to conquer this boogeyman
which his performance looks very adventureous.
Deschanel (Kate) shows a nice bubbly
personality as a childhood friend
reuniting making her outgoing performance
Child actress Skye McCole
Bartusiak (Franny) was another natural with
her icy and quiet type voice and
expressionless actions as she is a
perfect spirit in the film near the
Tory Mussett (Jessica) seems to have the right
chemistry playing the romantic and caring
girlfriend as she pulls off at being
flirtatious. Shows off a nice shocked reaction when she tries to choke something out of her onscreen boyfriend on a sitation. She seems to do her
discussion well in a certain scene with her onscreen boyfriend in a
hotel room trying to get him to forget
about what has happened and it looks very
The music was composed by Joseph
LoDuca who has worked in many other
shows too as he has nice soft violin and
piano playing along with fantasy sounding
For fifteen years, everybody told me I
was making it up. Everyone said it was
just a story. There's no such thing as
the Boogeyman. But I was right.
Listen to me Tim. It's time to grow up.
Nothing supernatural happened. These
feelings you're having, they're going to
get worse unless you face this. Go home
Tim. Spend one night in that house. It
Hey, you're not getting weird on me again
It's just hard to get back.
Kate: It takes a while.
Do you want to tell me why you're
following me around?
Shredder Tibby Weub: I wanted to
ask you something. Is it true, the
Boogeyman took your Dad? Are you scared?