The Boogeyman & The Boogeyman Returns

January 28, 2012 5 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

A mirror reflects whatever happens in its presence. The good, the bad, whatever passes in front of a mirror is shown just as it is. But can a mirror hold those images, even the emotion within those images, or is that just some kind of supernatural nonsense? As a child, Lacey sees an event in the mirror that haunts her for the rest of her life, an image that never leaves her. Her mother’s boyfriend was brutal in his treatment of others and subjected those around him to abusive situations. After seeing too much suffering, Lacey’s brother Willy takes matters into his own hands to protect himself and his family. He sneaks up on him in bed and stabs him to death, all of which Lacey watches in the mirror. Years later as adults, Willy and Lacey happen upon that same mirror, but it is broken. But that isn’t all, as some sort of evil seems to have taken over the mirror, as wherever a shard of glass lies, a grisly murder takes place…

In this double feature, we have the original The Boogeyman, a second rate horror flick and Return of the Boogeyman, also known as Boogeyman 3. The original Boogeyman isn’t really a slasher movie, so don’t expect buckets of blood and graphic violence. Instead, it is a more reserved tale of supernatural elements, with some blood thrown in. This is not a bad movie, it is goes through the motions and offers little as far as new twists or turns, though the naked bodies are a welcome diversion. Although the original is no great shakes, Boogeyman 3 is awful and follows in the tradition of Boogeyman 2, which means a lot of footage has been recycled from the original. Sony has tossed Boogeyman 3 on this disc with no care whatsoever, with an especially miserable transfer, so the real reason to purchase this is the original The Boogeyman. Even then, if you own Anchor Bay’s edition, you have no need for this one. Sony put no effort into this release and as a result, I hope no one is fooled into wasting their cash on this lackluster disc.

Video: How does it look?

The Boogeyman is presented in 1.85:1 widescreen, which is not enhanced for widescreen televisions. I am not certain, but I believe this is the same transfer from Anchor Bay’s previous release. That disc is ancient, one of the studio’s earliest releases and even then, the visuals weren’t impressive. So Sony should have struck a new transfer, but instead, they just dusted off the old one. Boogeyman 3 looks even worse, thanks to a washed out, full frame treatment that just plain stinks. I hope we don’t see more of these garbage transfers from Sony, even movies like these deserve better.

Audio: How does it sound?

The audio is no better than the video, another area in which Sony put no effort into this release. The original sounds decent enough, but a little work could have made a lot of difference. But it is what it is and since it doesn’t sound bad, I won’t complain. As far as the other movie, the audio, even though the film is much newer, has an inferior sound. I don’t know how to explain it, but Boogeyman 3 has a thin, worn sound that makes the original sound like a THX remastered soundtrack. In other news of how Sony botched this release, there are no subtitle options at all.

Supplements: What are the extras?

This disc includes no bonus materials.

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