Theatrical Release: February 4, 2005


Set in Chicago, “Boogeyman” tells the haunting tale of a young man traumatized by memories of terrible events he experienced in his childhood bedroom and who, years later, reluctantly returns home to face his fears of a monstrous entity that could be real or merely a figment of his imagination.

Dove Review

I thought this movie was going to be terrible, thinking that it was the second coming of “Darkness Falls.” However, there were several parts in it that I did enjoy. Even though it used old school tactics of loud noises and bright flashes, I found myself jumping at some scenes. I am more of a fan of psychological horror flicks, and I have to hand it to “Boogeyman” – it attempted to include some psychological horror although not as well as it could have. When I was a kid I feared the Boogeyman, so I was very interested in his physical appearance, which wasn’t what I had pictured.

The Boogeyman is presented as a spiritual entity who, at the end, is defeated by destroying certain physical items to weaken his grip on that person’s life. That is one reason we will not award this film with the Dove Seal. I’m pretty sure there is an instance of a female being shown nude. It was in a scene where I was startled (not by the nudity, but by something jumping out), so I didn’t see it directly because my eyes were closed. (She was taking a bath and came out of the water—simple math for me). There are also a couple instances of offensive language. I suggest that you stay away from this “Boogeyman.”

Content Description

Sex: Unmarried couple shown making out in bed.
Language: G-2; H-1.
Violence: People being shown dragged by Boogeyman under beds, into closets. Woman shown in bathtub full of blood. Man getting beat up by Boogeyman.
Drugs: Couple scenes where drinking is shown.
Nudity: Woman shown nude.
Other: Boogeyman is spiritual entity who consumes his victims.


Company: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Writer: Eric Kripke
Director: Stephen T. Kay
Genre: Horror
Runtime: 86 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Bradley B. Klinge