The Boogeyman (1980)

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Directed by: Ulli Lommel
Written by: David Herschel/Ulli Lommel/Suzanna Love

A young brother and sister, Willy and Lacey, kill their drunken mother’s abusive boyfriend one night. Years later, the sister breaks a mirror and frees the spirit of the boyfriend. It goes on a rampage.

Or something like that. Basically, it’s just an excuse for people to die almost bloody deaths (including a 10 or so year old kid).

The premise is almost interesting. The mirror keeps falling apart and every piece of it seems to possess someone or something to kill. The problem is that the execution is awful. At under 90 minutes, its still too long and boring. There’s a scene where the mirror gets stuck to the bottom of a little boy’s shoe. The sun shines off of it possessing a knife to stab a (30-year-old) teenager across the lake. Lacey’s husband goes from believing her about the mirror to not believing her and back in a matter of seconds. The acting is terrible. The music is worse. The end is like The Exorcist on Quaaludes. And the death scenes aren’t even as good as Terror Train.

This is a pretty poor excuse for a Nasty. Not just because it’s bad, but because there are two gore scenes and they’re not very gory. I can’t wait to see the sequel. (Sarcasm.) It’s a Nasty, too, you see. So, unfortunately, that’s the next one I watch.

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