“High school student Sadie Harper and her younger sister Sawyer are reeling from the recent death of their mother and aren’t getting much support from their father, Will, a therapist who is dealing with his own pain. When a desperate patient unexpectedly shows up at their home seeking help, he leaves behind a terrifying supernatural entity that preys on families and feeds on the suffering of its victims.”

Director: Rob Savage
Writers: Scott Beck, Bryan Woods, Mark Heyman, Stephen King
Staring: Chris Messina, Sophie Thatcher, Marin Ireland, David Dastmalchain, Vivien Lyra Elair
Rated: PG-13
Release Date: June 2, 2023

The Boogeyman (2023) was meant to be a straight to Hulu streaming release, but strong receptions to it at various test screenings propelled the distributor 20th Century Studios to give it a world wide release. This story itself was written by the horror legend Stephen King and featured originally in 1973. Now, 50 years later, audiences will be able to get scared by The Boogeyman.

The trailer for this movie dropped during the NFC Conference Championship game of the San Francisco 49ers and Philadelphia Eagles. I am not sure what was scarier, the 49ers seeing their entire team get hobbled in slow motion, or this trailer. It’s a toss up.

Emma and I are unpacking from a ski trip and moving around, but when this trailer dropped…I stopped what I was doing. Emma saw what was happening, and just let it happen. She knew I was sucked it. The Boogeyman had you.

The trailer starts off and uses dark empty space as a character.

The opening of the door and the way it swings open pins the audience’s eyes to the supremely dark space that is bracketed by the doors. It forces you to look at the scariest part of the entire screen. Fast forward some seconds and Sawyer (Vivien Lyra Blair) is trying to sleep…but the closet door swings open. I LOVE IT. No eerie slow creek. Not all evil moves slowly. Sometimes it scurry arounds and forces you to think fast too.

Then the camera twirl. This is a fucking artistic choice and I fucking love it. The upside down has been made famous by Stranger Things, but perhaps the themes of The Boogeyman will bring it back? I do not know what this story is about, but Rob Savage is making a choice.

Random thing, but Savage is 30 years old, same age as me, and he is getting a horror movie he directed released in theaters, surpassing all expectations. That is the dream.


Chris Messina plays the father of the two haunted girls. His has an amazingly familiar face, but looking at his IMDB there are more projects that I have never heard of than have. I did remember Messina played Detective Richard Willis in HBO’s Sharp Objects.

And you want to make a movie creepier…cast David Dastmalchian. He is a just a wonderfully creepy man. I say that with love.

The Boogeyman releases into theaters on June 2, 2023. Stephen King content is starting to rip. The Boogeyman, Salem’s Lot, a possible Pet Sematary sequel, and Mike Flanagan taking over The Gunslinger for a television show. Everyone wants to be scarred. Everyone got through COVID and feels guilt about it, so King’s fucked up mind needs to connect the dots for people.

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