The Boogeyman: Trailer Talk

The Boogeyman: Trailer Talk

The Boogeyman: Trailer Talk

Ever since ‘IT: Chapter One’ became the highest grossing horror film in 2017, remakes and adaptations of Stephen King’s novels have continued to be released to mixed reception. And the next story to be adapted is the short story ‘The Boogeyman’.

‘The Boogeyman’ was a short story that was released in the 1978 collection Night Shift and follows high school student Sadie Harper, her younger sister Sawyer and their father. When a desperate patient unexpectedly shows up at their home seeking help, he leaves behind a terrifying supernatural entity that preys on families and feeds on the suffering of its victims.



This is a story I am unfamiliar with but, just from the trailer, it looks like a mix between 2016 ‘Lights Out’ and 2010 ‘Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark’. It has the potential to be scary and has an intriguing premise. And it’s being directed by Rob Savage, who’s feature film directorial debut was ‘Host’, a fantastic horror set and filmed during the time of the COVID pandemic.

So, it has the markings of a great film. However, the trailer also showcases a lot of slow burn tensions, e.g.: a door slowly creaking open, someone looking under the bed and nothing appearing for far too long. So, it could also fall into the trap of being boring with prolonged jumpscare build ups. 

‘The Boogeyman’, despite being an adaptation, could either be fantastically scary, with the addition of a great director, or it could be a slowburn with jumpscare build ups that are far too long. But, since this is an adaptation of a Stephen King story, and recent adaptations have been well received, I hope this film will follow in the same footsteps.


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Megan’s taste in films are interesting: her favourite films are ‘Space Jam’, Studio Ghibli’s ‘The Cat Returns’, as well as horror films ‘Saw’, ‘Drag Me To Hell’ and ‘Ju-On: The Grudge’. When she’s not watching films, she’ll be spending precious hours playing ‘Crash Bandicoot’.

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