The Boogeyman is the second Rob Savage film featured in this year's countdown, and while I liked it more than Dashcam, it's ultimately a pretty standard monster movie that misses the mark on what made the original Stephen King story fun. (It's the ending, but I won't say more than that.)
It's also the second horror movie in this countdown in which a teenage girl is grieving over the death of her mother. Sheesh. Moms just can't get a break this year! (And similar to Talk to Me, the so-called friends of the grieving girl treat her like crap. What the hell is that all about?)
Chris Messina plays the psychiatrist father of teenage Sadie and young Sawyer, and they are all dealing with the loss of mom in their own ways. Sadie is clinging on, while dad just wants to forget. The proverbial darkness that has fallen over the family is the perfect opening for the Boogeyman, a monster that feeds on misery, and survives in the dark.
Savage does a good job with the scenes that dwell on those universal fears of the monster in the closest, or under the bed. They are legit creepy! But the end devolves into pretty standard "the monster must die!" action, and the ultimate feeling that this whole thing could have been avoided if the family just invested in some good battery powered lanterns and flashlights.
The Boogeyman is streaming on Hulu.