It has been said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. With this in mind, if you borrow elements from multiple different movies that are classics in their own right, is your movie going to be good? Just because you are imitating, it does not mean that you are doing it as well as it had been done previously. But, is it still good enough?
The Bogey Man (also known as The Boogey Man), directed by Ulli Lommel and released in 1980 is the story of a brother and sister being targeted by the ghost of someone from their past, who has escaped from a mirror. While the plot may sound a little hokey, I can honestly say this is one of the better movies that was on the DPP list of Video Nasties. It moves a good pace, is fairly well acted and has some very decent set pieces.
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Of course, we do have to deal with that previous statement about imitation. The Bogey Man manages to imitate three of the most famous horror films of all time, with those being Halloween, The Exorcist and The Amityville Horror. The Bogey Man has a soundtrack which is almost identical in places to that of Halloween. Certain plot points are extremely similar to The Exorcist and the setting is very close to that of the residence in The Amityville Horror.
Do not let this imitation put you off though, as there is a lot to enjoy here. Some of the set pieces are suitably nasty and as said, the cast actually do a decent job, which is not always a given with some of these lower budget horror movies. While Lommel may have gone on to make multiple films about real life serial killers, The Bogey Man did actually show some invention, despite being a collection of themes and ideas from other films. I really do recommend The Bogey Man. It is a pretty good horror film and is definitely one of the hidden gems from the Video Nasties period. It may be a rip off in places, but that does not stop it from being entertaining..
No. Not at all. It does not have anything in it that could really be considered offensive or controversial. There is some gore and also the opening could be considered a little sleazy but it is a justified intro. There is really nothing in The Bogey Man that is worrying or questionable. It is a perfectly acceptable horror film. Give it a look.