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1982

Directed by Jeff Schiro

Synopsis

Be careful, you may never open a closet again!

A man tries to explain to his psychiatrist that the Boogeyman is real and has been killing his children.

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Cast

Michael Read Bert Linder

DirectorDirector

Jeff Schiro

WriterWriter

Jeff Schiro

Original WriterOriginal Writer

Stephen King

EditorEditor

Jeff Schiro

CinematographyCinematography

ComposerComposer

John Coté

SoundSound

Jeff Schiro

Studio

Tantalus Pictures

Country

USA

Language

English

Alternative Titles

The Boogyman, Бугимен, Boogeyman, Wer hat Angst vorm schwarzen Mann

Genre

Horror

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  • Review by CinemaVoid 🏴‍☠️ 4

    Don't you hate it when you check under your bed for the boogeyman but it’s just Stephen King doing co*ke on your bedroom floor.

  • Review by 📀 Cammmalot 📀 ★★

    Stephen’s King’dom Marathon: Film #4

    ”Maybe all the things we were afraid of as kids… were real”

    How do you explain the unexplainable?

    Yep, my kids keep dying, but you’ll never believe how…

    Based on the Stephen King story first published in a '73 issue of the Cavalier magazine and later included in the ’78 Night Shift collection, this low budget short’s cheap looking, with muddy sound, but the story and acting are decent enough that it kinda reminds me of those 80’s anthology shows like “Tales from the Darkside.”

    And despite it’s roughness I’m afraid it’s nowhere near as bad as some of the other things I’ll be subjected to on this marathon.

    ”The Boogeyman killed them…
    just came out of the closet and killed them”


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  • Review by Johnny81 ★★½

    The other story after The Woman in the Room and actually the first ever short film based on a Stephen King story.
    It's OK but unfortunately only really highlights the superior craft of Darabont's effort.
    This one has a man relaying a story to a psychiatrist after his three children all wind up dead. Blaming it on the Boogeyman inside the closet, you're never sure if something supernatural is going on or just the reasoning of a murderer with a fractured mind.
    The actor playing the lead does a good job of conveying his petrified, paranoid state and the film matches the mood with some amazingly creepy low rent music and the grim cramped apartment it takes place in.
    Ultimately the lack of budget forces it to be more abstract than you want and you're left feeling a bit unsatisfied.

  • Review by Kaijuman ★★★½

    Daily Horror Scavenger Hunt 2 - August 2018

    8/31: On August 8, 1986, Stand By Me was released in theaters. While this isn't necessarily a horror movie, we will watch a horror movie based on a Stephen King book.

    The filmography of Stephen King adaptations is massive. So many to choose from with dozens of classics ripe for reviewing. But I wanted to pick something a little more obscure than something like The Shining or Cujo, so after looking around for a while I found this.

    The Boogeyman is adapted from a short story of the same name. The story was released as one of the shorts from Kings 1978 short story collection Night Shift. This adaptation was one of…

  • Review by D Edward ★★★½

    41 years before Rob Savage’s adaptation, there was the first short film based off a Stephen King short story. Surprisingly, it’s a chilling, well-acted affair where its low-budget limitations actually enhance the psychological elements. It does a lot without showing much at all.

    I am surprised the aggregate rating on here is so low. It’s well worth its half hour runtime and has a pretty great ending.

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  • Review by Callisto ★★

    Based on a Stephen King short story, this 28-minute short is the only work from the director. I haven't read the short story, but according to some of the YouTube comments, they claim this is one of King's best adaptations. The ratings on here might disagree. Or maybe they say it's the best because it's exactly like the short story and not very good. I mean, Stephen King loves the awful TV version of The Shining and says that's the better adaptation! Maybe that's the thinking.

    As for The Boogeyman, it's cheap and rough, but considering the budget, the horror surprisingly works for something made in 1982. It's back when horror meant horror rather than scary. There are still a…

  • Review by Jacob Knight ★★

    The very first “Dollar Baby”, which never quite rises out of the “student thesis” ghetto, yet still manages to capture the “up all night” jittery cold of King’s parental angst horror nightmare. Shame (and ironic) they f*cked up one of the master’s very best endings, and the guy who plays the lead is woefully miscast (plus, why is his shirt ripped in all the psychiatry scenes?). Awesome opening synth line, though.

  • Review by DopeAssGhost ★★★

    THE BOOGEYMAN (1982)
    "A man tries to explain to his psychiatrist that the Boogeyman is real and has been killing his children."

    After checking out The Boogeyman (2023) in the movie theater, I wanted to go back and revisit the earliest adaptation of the short story of the same name by Stephen King- this "dollar baby" college production that was collected as the second story of Stephen King's Night Shift Collection, a VHS tape I recall seeing back in the day at my town's local video shop, Popcorn Video, that also housed a "dollar baby" adaptation of The Woman In The Room (1983) by Frank Darabont.

    Just so those unfamiliar with the term catch up, a "dollar baby" short indicates…

  • Review by suspiriastrider

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Guys theres something in my closet and i know its in there even though its all dark and it can take various forms it can be a scary murderer or the physical embodiment of death or a scary bandaged mummy guy or maybe its just like a really mean father who always seems kind of mad at u like he never wanted 2 have u, u just know hes lurking in your closet too, and ur trying 2 crawl out of your crib but its too tall and u cant get yourself over it and the lights keep flashing and its getting closer and youre not entirely sure what "it" is but you know that its there its coming its…

  • Review by Robert Berlin ★★½

    Horror Hunt #63 (September 2023)

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    A scrawny-looking fella and his family is tormented by a boogeyman (or boogeymen). Hopefully his psychiatrist can help him wind down for a little bit.

    Crass and very low-budget, to the point where it feels like it hinders the story trying to be told. But there is a genuine sense of dread that comes forth every once in a while, mostly thanks to the effective soundtrack. Was also a fan of the wacky ending. Not too bad.

  • Review by Andy Nelson ★★★

    For a student film, this works quite well in telling a fairly creepy story that translates King's short story to the screen pretty well. It's clear why this was one of only a few of King's dollar babies that actually got a release.

  • Review by va24mar ★★★½

    1982|Stephen King|Book Adaptations|Shorts

    I really don’t get all the bad ratings.

    “The Boogeyman” is a 1982 short film based on the Stephen King short story of the same name first published in 1973 and later released as part of the short story collection ‘Night Shift’ in 1978.

    And sure, it’s super cheap, rough and unpolished, but I liked it a lot. It’s got some great atmosphere and some cool lighting and does a fantastic job at adapting the story. The lead actor might not be great, but he’s decent enough.

    And I really like how they adapted the story. It stays extremely close to it and is a bit more ambiguous than King’s story, which itself already went into the question who the real boogeyman is; the monster in the closet or a neglectful and abusive parent.

    I really liked this short. It’s cheap and very rough around the edges, but charming and atmospheric.

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