Plot: What’s it about?
I like the idea of a compilation of cool horror movie clips, but in the end, the idea just doesn’t hold much water with me. I’ve seen several of them over time and while some are good, all of them just make me want to stop the show, in order to watch the real movies. Such is the case with Flixmix’s Boogeymen, which showcases some of the coolest scenes & characters in horror movie history, from Michael Myers to The Tall Man to Norman Bates. As the feature rolls, we’re shown a scene from each movie and of course, the scenes are always visceral in nature, so there’s blood and pain to spare here. I was pleased to find not only all the usual bases covered (i.e. Freddy and Jason), but also some lesser known characters, such as Camilla from The Guardian and Dr. Alan Feinstone from The Dentist. So Boogeymen is a solid compilation, but is has some flaws and in the end, simply makes you want to press stop, then pop in one of the featured movies. It does have some nice extras however, which could make it a nice addition to horror fans in search of a complete collection of horror themed releases.
This compilation offers a look at some of the creepiest, most ruthless horror movie characters of all time, including some lesser known ones. As a horror movie fan, I’ve seen all of the films shown within the feature, but if you haven’t seen them all, beware, as Boogeymen reveals a lot of spoiler scenes. I think the sequences were well chosen in most cases, as all are brutal and show the true nature of the films involved, but since some ruin the ends or certain deaths, I think viewers need to watch the flicks before this compilation. The scenes are well chosen, the characters were chosen, and the whole piece is well put together, but a lot of problems also surface here. The main issue involves the clips themselves, as not all of them are shown in the proper aspect ratio, which means the full impact is unseen. I was shocked by this, especially in films like Halloween, where the full 2.35:1 scope presentation is used to create visual presence. In addition, this kind of title is a rental by nature, since it offers minimal repeat value. So if you’re interested, give Boogeymen a rental and then rewatch the films shown, as they’re much more worthwhile.
Video: How does it look?
Boogeymen is presented in a full frame transfer, although some clips are shown in non anamorphic widescreen. As this is made for horror fans, I think all the clips should have shown in anamorphic widescreen, but that’s not the case and in addition, some clips have been cropped to full frame here. This was a real let to me, but on the whole, the clips look clean and detail is good, even if they’ve been butchered. The overall quality varies from clip to clip of course, but aside from the aspect ratio issue, I have no real complaints here.
Audio: How does it sound?
The Dolby Digital 5.1 audio varies as expected, since some clips have better surround presence than others, but I was pleased with them all. Some are older films and sound less impressive, but on the whole, they all sound as good as can be expected. The surrounds are used often in some of the clips and even when the surrounds are silent, the elements seem to come across in fine form. The dialogue is crisp and easy to understand, while music and sound effects are in fine form as well. This disc also includes a 2.0 surround option, as well as subtitles in English, Spanish, and French.
Supplements: What are the extras?
This disc contains a trivia game, theatrical trailers for the films showcased, some DVD ROM content, and Legends of the Boogeymen, histories and bios of the characters featured inside the program. You’ll also find an audio commentary by Robert Englund, but it is rather lame, as Englund comments on all the scenes, not just his own. I have no idea why he does so, as he simply passes on his praise for the films and little else. The main bonus here is the FlixFacts animated trivia, which is an option that rolls various facts on screen, as the clips unfold. This was the main reason I liked this disc, as it contains some decent, but well known trivia tidbits.