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Boogeyman II
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by Jack Sommersby

"Barely a Sequel, Barely a Movie"
1 stars

Shamelessly intended on cashing, it was barely released in the U.S. and is as instantly forgettable as a piece of junk mail.

If you’ve seen Ulli Lommel’s disturbing 1980 The Boogey Man then you’ve practically seen the sequel since half its running time consists of footage from the original to pad out its mere seventy-five-minute running time. For the uninitiated, the original concerned a young woman, Lacey (Suzanna Love), who returned to her childhood home that was the place of heinous child abuse inflicted on her brother -- the mother had a real sicko of a lover who tied her son to his bed after he was caught spying on their lovemaking; he got himself loose, got hold of a butcher knife, and slaughtered the boyfriend while on top of his mother. The brother was put into a mental institution and remained near-mute since, and his supportive sister, who’d been experiencing nightmares ever since, was encouraged to face up to her fear and return to her former home so she could see what was now isn’t what was then. (Of course, with the shrink having been played by a depraved-looking John Carradine, this advice didn’t exactly strike one as being particularly bright.) Once there, all the terrifying memories came back (nice advice, Doc!), and Lacey smashed a mirror in the very same room where the slaying took place; all of the shards except one were taken back to Lacey’s home and reassembled (I’m still not sure why), with the remaining one possessive of an evil power that glowed bright red and wreaked grotesque havoc on anyone who held it or caught its reflection. In a lesser director’s hands this could’ve easily devolved into something laughable, but the German-born Lommel lent an unnerving creepiness to it that kept you spellbound throughout. The macabre atmospherics had a vise-like grip, and the movie did what very few of this genre manages to in staying with us long after the ending credits. It’s still something of a minor classic. Unfortunately, Boogeyman II, which was scripted by both Lommel and Love (they’re married in real life), and directed by the untalented Bruce Pearn (making his debut), is so irredeemably awful that it makes you want to seek out cockfighting as an alternative form of entertainment. Lacey goes to visit a girlfriend of hers in Hollywood who’s the wife of a struggling director intent on making quality low-budget productions (he draws the line in a skinny-dipping scene showing just the breasts rather than the whole body), and during a single night at an informal party at the house considerable mayhem occurs when the strange, tuxedoed butler gets hold of that single mirror shard from Lacey’s purse (she keeps it close to her so no one else can happen upon it); one by one the partygoers, insistent on using Lacey’s tumultuous exploits for a movie project, are systematically picked off, but since the compositions are so awkward and the lighting so murky, I experienced eyestrain just trying to make out what was happening (at one point, in a bathroom, it looks like a tube of toothpaste is fatally thrust into someone’s mouth!). There are some lame attempts at in-jokes with an idea for a Smokey and the Bandit-inspired knockoff set in outer space, and complaining that Brian De Palma’s sometimes-brilliant, eighteen-million-dollar flop Blow Out could’ve funded a good many ten low-budget movies (wouldn’t Michael Cimino’s abominable, forty-four-million megaflop Heaven’s Gate that was released the same year have made a better target?). Direly devoid of suspense and scares, Boogeyman II is more of a bastardization than a sequel.

The absolute pits.

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11/24/02 Charles Tatum Dumb sequel to a dumb movie 1 stars
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  02-Mar-1983 (R)



Directed by
  Bruce Pearn

Written by
  Ulli Lommel
  Suzanna Love

  Suzanna Love
  Ulli Lommel
  Shoto von Douglas

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