Spoiler-Free Review of “The Boogeyman” in Theaters: Shut that closet door!

**This is a spoiler-free review so feel free to read on!**

“It’s the thing that comes for your kids when you’re not paying attention…”

The Boogeyman released in theaters on June 2nd 2023. The supernatural horror film (based on the short story by Stephen King) stars Sophie Thatcher, Chris Messina, and Vivien Lyra Blair. It runs for approximately an hour and thirty-eight minutes.

While trying to cope with the loss of their mother, Sadie and Sawyer begin to witness a dark presence after an unstable man wanders into their home and leaves behind something terrifying.

Here is the trailer:

The Boogeyman tackles issues of grief while presenting us with some horrifying scares along the way. Is it worthy of your next watch? Let’s find out…

The Pros:

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Characters to root for!

Usually when I watch a supernatural horror film featuring a frightening monster in the dark, I end up investing more in the scares and the characters are just kind of interchangeable.

However, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked the characters in this particular film. Sophie Thatcher (Yellowjackets) gave a gripping performance that was absolutely captivating. I really cared about what happened to her character and her sister, making this more than your average supernatural monster flick.

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Well-placed scares.

There was this unsettling feeling of dread throughout the entire film that worked really well. The scares were well thought out and had me on the edge of my seat. I think I’ll be nailing my closet shut for the next few weeks…

There were also some heartwarming moments that balanced in very nicely. I was satisfied with the ending and the pacing worked for the most part, making this a very enjoyable watch from start to finish.

The Cons:

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A movie I’ve seen before…

In a lot of ways, this film reminded me of Smile and Lights Out. I wouldn’t say that it presented us with anything that new or unique. That being said, it was still really enjoyable so I can’t fault it too much here.

On another note, it really bothers me when characters continue to walk around in the dark when there might be a monster in the shadows…

It just didn’t seem that practical. There were a number of times they could have just turned the lights on (at least in the beginning).

So am I in or out?

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I’m in!!!

The Boogeyman is a creepy and unsettling horror flick that is entertaining from start to finish!

I absolutely loved Sophie Thatcher in this and I hope to see her in more horror films in the future.

I hope you enjoyed the review and feel free to post your own thoughts and theories on The Boogeyman in the comments section below. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!


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