Tim Jensen is a young man haunted by the memories of his father being taken into the closet and killed by the Boogeyman when he was a small child. After growing up and seeking psychological help, he has entered into a relationship with a new girlfriend and is trying to move on with his life.

(2004) Film Review

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CREDITS

Directed by Stephen T. Kay
Story by Eric Kripke (story)
Screenplay by Eric Kripke, Juliet Snowden and Stiles White

Cast (in credits order)
Barry Watson .... Tim Jensen
Emily Deschanel .... Kate
Skye McCole Bartusiak .... Franny
Lucy Lawless .... Mary Jensen
Tory Mussett .... Jessica
Robyn Malcolm .... Katie
Charles Mesure .... Mr. Jensen
Louise Wallace .... Jessica's Mom
Michael Saccente .... Jessica's Dad
Philip Gordon .... Uncle Mike
Ivan Kemp .... Old Man
Caden St. Clair .... Child
Lee Foreman .... Worried Mother
Andrew Glover .... The Boogeyman

Produced by
Gary Bryman .... executive producer
Daniel Carrillo .... producer
Joseph Drake .... executive producer
Steve Hein .... executive producer
Nathan Kahane .... executive producer
Michael Kirk .... associate producer
Eric Kripke .... co-producer
Doug Lefler .... co-producer
Carsten H.W. Lorenz .... executive producer
Hans Jürgen Pohland .... producer
Sam Raimi .... producer
Chloe Smith .... line producer
Robert G. Tapert .... producer (as Rob Tapert)

Original Music by Joseph LoDuca
Cinematography by Bobby Bukowski
Film Editing by John Axelra

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of horror and terror/violence, and some partial nudity.
Runtime: USA:86 min

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SYNOPSIS
Click to enlargeIn this chilling horror movie, Barry Watson stars as Tim, a young man who must return to his childhood home and confront the terrifying visions that have haunted him all his life.

On the surface, Tim (Barry Watson) is a seemingly normal, twenty-something guy. He’s got a decent job and is moving fast in his relationship with his girlfriend Jessica (Tory Mussett). But an intense, paralyzing fear that has been terrifying him since childhood is tearing him apart. And it’s getting worse every day.

When Tim was eight, something devastating happened. Each night his dad would put him to sleep with a bedtime story. Many of these stories teetered on the brink of horror, much to his mom’s chagrin, but Tim and his father made sure his bedroom was safe when the lights finally went out. Until that one fateful night. As Tim watched from his bed, paralyzed with fear, his father was violently sucked into the closet, and was never seen or heard from again.

Tim is terrified that the Boogeyman will someday return and take him as he has taken so many before. Until now he has coped by eliminating opportunities for the Boogeyman to get to him. He has removed every dark corner in his apartment; there are no closets, and his bed is on the floor so the evil force has nowhere to hide. The thought of getting a jacket out of a closet sends him spiraling into terror. When Tim is forced to move outside his comfort zone on a Thanksgiving trip to Jessica’s parents, he leaves this protected world and things begin to fall apart.

After a disturbing dream about his estranged mother (Lucy Lawless), Tim awakens in a cold sweat, hunched over on the floor of the guest room. Jessica tries to comfort him, but it only makes things worse. His cell phone rings. His mother has died.

Forced to return to his childhood home, a looming and run-down Victorian Gothic house in the countryside, Tim must tie up family matters with his Uncle Mike (Philip Gordon) and face the source of all his fears.

After the funeral, Tim visits the children’s psychiatric hospital where he spent many years after the disappearance of his father. His former counselor reiterates what she has known all along -- that in order to get over his fears, he must spend a night alone in the old house and confront things head on.

Tim tries to relax and enjoy a reunion with his childhood best friend, Kate (Emily Deschanel) and for a brief moment feels everything is under control. But as Tim relives the past, drifting through the dark and empty house and rummaging through old photographs, memories take over and his crippling fear returns. He is sure he is being watched by the same evil being that has terrorized him his entire life.

Tim becomes irrational and delusional to everyone around him, but no one can save him … or themselves. His loved ones start disappearing around him and his life is shattered all over again. He knows that the only way to stop the nightmare is to confront the evil presence once and for all.

Tim turns to the only other person who understands and shares his fear, Franny (Skye McCole Bartusiak), a precocious and mysterious young girl who first appeared at his mother’s funeral. It turns out that Tim and the little girl have something in common. She is the only one who sees what he sees......and Tim draws on Franny’s courage and advice to face the Boogeyman once and for all. But when he discovers that Franny was abducted years ago and has been missing ever since, he realizes that the line separating what is real and what is not has vanished. Now Tim must fight to put the evil force and the demons to rest in a final battle to save his life. But how can he know what is real and what is imagined?

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MIKE FURCHES

Click to enlargeIn the last few months, we have seen the resurgence of the Horror genre. One of the most recent films to hit the theaters has been the unexpected high grossing film, The Boogeyman staring Barry Watson as a troubled young man haunted with memories of the Boogeyman as a child. The movie, directed by Stephen T. Kay, while filled with shock thrills and moments, lacks on substance and plot.

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