1980 / d. Ulli Lommel
Early supernatural slasher hokum which, by merit of its taboo-breaking (and outright icky) opening sequence, earned its place on the infamous list of “video-nasties” and thereby developed somewhat of a cult following. From the get-go the film is too reminiscent of BLACK CHRISTMAS and HALLOWEEN to be an accident, and it quickly becomes clear that there is scarcely an original idea to be seen; owing heavily to earlier, better movies such as THE EXORCIST, PATRICK, and THE AMITYVILLE HORROR, to name only a few. THE BOOGEYMAN is just a cliched mess of a movie that spends too much time attempting to be too many other films, which ultimately results in a heavily unfocused and difficult to follow mishmash of scenes. Only the ending, with its unexpected use of black humour, make this film worth a watch; otherwise, your time is better spent elsewhere.