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Beware the Boogeyman

USA 2024
produced by
Calvin Morie McCarthy, Susan Helfrich (executive), Rich Wolff (executive) for 7th Street Productions
directed by Calvin Morie McCarthy, Josh Dietrich, Kai Pacifico Eng, Tim Coyle, Chynna Rae Shurts
starring Elissa Dowling, Airisa Durand, Chynna Rae Shurts, Rollyn Stafford, Carter Fisher, Steve Larkin, Nicolette Pullen, Monica Thomas-McCarthy, Jason Reynolds, Tim Coyle, Khail Duggan, James Luster, Erik Skybak, Jax Kellington, Calvin Morie McCarthy, Josh Dietrich, Marcella Laasch
written by Calvin Morie McCarthy, Josh Dietrich, Kai Pacifico Eng, Tim Coyle, Chynna Rae Shurts, music by Ben Eastman

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Dr. Tristan Makenzie (Elissa Dowling) is applying for a job at an insane asylum, where the institution's head Dr. Moon (Airisa Durand) tasks her to assess five cases of boogeyman-apparitions:

  • There's Cathy (Chynna Rae Shurts), who believes the boogeyman is living in her closet, and she routinely brings home men to feed to him ...
  • There's painter Olivia (Nicolette Pullen), who thinks someone is invading her home, and she scares herself in a catatonic state in the process ...
  • There's petty criminal Tommy (Khail Duggan), who has killed someone and now hides out in his deceased dat's place together with his brother Ethan (James Luster). But as careful as the two of them were to hide their tracks, Tommy is convinced the boogeyman has followed them ...
  • There's John (Steve Larkin), a paranormal investigator, and his new assistant Rose (Jax Kellington), a natural doubter. John wants to prove the existence of the boogeyman. Unfortunately, the boogeyman doesn't like to be proven, and he also doesn't like doubters ...
  • And finally there's Shawn (Calvin Morie McCarthy), a recovering drug addict who's so convinced the boogeyman's after him he kills his own mother ...

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Granted, the punchline of this movie is very easy to guess, especially if one's into horror anthologies, but everything that leads to it is pretty cool genre entertainment: For one, all the stories told are well built up and well told, and while they might differ in tone and substance, they're nevertheless homogenous enough to work well with one another in the context, and Elissa Dowling and Airisa Durand in the framing story do a good job holding the whole thing together, while a solid ensemble carry the film rather beautifully, making this a very enjoyable piece of horror cinema.


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