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The Boogey Man (1980)

R | | Horror | 7 November 1980 (USA)
Through the reflection in the mirror, a girl witnesses her mother's boyfriend's murder.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Ron James ...
Dr. Warren
Nicholas Love ...
Raymond Boyden ...
Felicite Morgan ...
Aunt Helen
Bill Rayburn ...
Uncle Ernest
Father Reilly
Jay Wright ...
Young Willy
Natasha Schiano ...
Young Lacey
Gillian Gordon ...
Lacey and Willy's Mother
Howard Grant ...
The Lover
Jane Pratt ...
Lucinda Ziesing ...
David Swim ...


A young girl witnesses her brother murder a man through a reflection in a mirror. Twenty years later the mirror is shattered, freeing his evil spirit, which seeks revenge for his death. Written by David Swim <dave@fraust.com>

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The most terrifying nightmare of childhood is about to return!




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Release Date:

7 November 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Boogeyman  »

Box Office


$300,000 (estimated)


$4,500,000 (USA) (15 October 1980)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Albert Zugsmith suggested to Ulli Lommel that he should cast John Carradine in a secondary role in order to enhance this film's overall commercial appeal. Moreover, Carradine's scenes were all shot in a single day. See more »


The knife Willy takes from the dish of discarded chicken bones is not the same knife that Jake was using to carve with. See more »


Dr. Warren: Your mother, did she date other men?
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Referenced in Fear, Panic & Censorship (2000) See more »


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The Mirror Cracked from Side to Side

Just plain ridiculous film that opens with a three-year old girl and her slightly older brother being asked to stay outside while mom and boyfriend have some fun. Children spy on lovers and then boyfriend ties boy up. Sister gets huge knife to untie him and brother does the next most natural thing...he stabs the lover repeatedly whilst in bed with his mother. Guess what happens next? Yep, the movie goes forward 20 years. Haven't we seen something like this before? Yep, John Carpenter did it in Halloween and a parade of cheap imitators followed. No different here. But what is different is that this film is at least unique in what it asks its viewers to believe. We just don't have some psychopathic killer from the past...in this film, the young girl is grown up with a child living with husband, some of his family, and the brother who is now mute due to his terrible past. She begins to have recurring nightmares when a letter is received by her mother asking to visit. We never see the mother in the film. The heroine goes with husband to the old house. She sees the man her brother killed in a mirror, smashes the mirror, and releases him to the world as some bloody, crazed, asthmatic killer. When you see a sliver of the mirror, he is there. When you see a shiny bit of mirror focused in your direction, you cannot escape him. He, now after just being a guy killed in an exposition piece, is "the Boogeyman." Why? Anyway, this is where the film really gets bad, and though I could rant for hours about what's wrong, I will confess that this film had me in stitches for some of its bloody awful scenes. The first time we see a sliver we hear this loud heart beating and very heavy breathing. Director Ulli Lommel doesn't want any chance that we might not know that sliver means this invisible predator is about. A girl sticks scissors in her throat and a young boy, not knowing his sister is dead, puts his head in window and yells "watch out for the Boogeyman" and then the asthmatic sound track comes on and the window shuts down hard on the kid's neck. It was such a poor, ludicrous scene that I just broke out laughing. Other scenes were just as humorous. The fishing scene has a sliver somehow miraculously jammed on the kid's boot, and while he is fishing it goes all over the place(the reflection that is)including an abandoned house and a car a goodly distance from the house in a wooded lot. What was the kid doing on the dock...Riverdance? The ending scenes are equally bad, and this film, for me, just had no credibility. It has an interesting premise, a deadly mirror, but there are obvious cheap elements stolen from Halloween, Amityville Horror(there is a priest in this too), and other like films. Suzanna Love "stars" as Lacey the young girl. She is the director's wife. Horror veteran John Carradine plays a brief role as a psychiatrist and gives one of his more restrained performances.

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