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BOOGEYMAN 2
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Reviewed by: Andre Manseau

Directed by: Jeff Betancourt

Starring:
Angela Sarafyan
Michael Graziadei
Danielle Savre
Tobin Bell

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
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Overall:  
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What's it about
Sort of forgetting things from the last film, this one deals with a young woman whose family was apparently terrorized by the Boogeyman when she was young- it killed her parents. Now she's in a nuthouse with other weirdos who have phobias. Unfortunately for them, the Boogeyman is real, and he's found them. People start dying.
Is it good movie?
Have you seen the first Boogeyman film released a few years ago? You know, the one that was rated PG and had a ridiculous quote like "The Scariest Movie Ever Made" on the cover art? I really hope you haven't, because that film was truly, truly awful. Just awful. Boogeyman 2 does the right thing (sort of) and takes the franchise in a new direction, making the Boogeyman an actual character instead of an awful CG creation. This all means that the first film really made no sense, but that's okay because I would love to forget anything associated with that particular debacle.

So, what of the second one then? Well, this one plays out more like a Scream whodunit crossing with A Nightmare on Elm Street part 2- in fact, that's almost exactly what this film is like. Each mental patient has their issues, whether they're afraid of germs, they cut themselves, they're anorexic, take your pick. These things are all real disorders and phobias and seem plausible. Then there's Laura, who has "Bogeyphobia", which sounds really goofy, but turns out to be true.

For the biggest part of the film, these characters do nothing but fight, which gets really annoying. They constantly poke fun at each other and whine to their heart's content. Did I mention that their doctor is Tobin Bell (Yeah, Jigsaw)? Well, he's there to help each one of them and comes like the most incompetent doctor around. To be fair, they do try to explain it near the end of the film, but still, the guy shouldn't be trusted with the care of so many ill individuals.

Anyway, people start kicking it one by one, usually in the way they would fear the most (related to their phobia). I won't spoil the deaths, but they are awesome. Seriously, this movie makes up for the last one's lack of gore like nobody's business and I was impressed to say the least. Red stuff sprays everywhere, and always in a relatively ingenious way. In fact, I'd go so far as to say that the kills and gore are what really redeemed this otherwise mediocre slasher flick for me.

The Boogeyman has become a guy in a cloak and a mask that sort of looks like the bunny from Donnie Darko. This is better than CG any day, although it always means there's a character inside, and of course we must know who he is. When he's revealed, it’s really an "awww..what?" moment and I was neither impressed nor overly pissed about it. It was okay, and that's all there is to it. In terms of the acting, Boogey's cast is decent enough, I've seen far worse than this. The casting could have been better- too many blonde chicks, I kept getting confused. Tobin Bell is actually giving an understated, low brow performance for once, which is nice.
Video / Audio
Video is presented in 2:35.1 widescreen, or 1.33:1 fullscreen and looks very nice. It's clean and free of any real distortion which is nice for a film so dark, Sony did a great job here.

Sound was alright, coming in Dolby 5.1. It seemed a bit muffled at times, and a bit too soft at others, although the score sounded clear for the most part.
The Extras
First, there is a Commentary with Director Jeff Betancourt and Screenwriter Brian Sieve. It's set up almost like an interactive Q & A- Betancourt asks questions while Sieve answers them. Good track, as Sieve loves horror flicks and has a lot of energy.

Next, a Commentary with Director Actors Tobin Bell and Danielle Savre and Producers Gary Bryman and Steve Hein. Interesting enough track, it's hard not to be lulled in by Bell's unique voice. Its standard stuff- their methods, where they shot, a few amusing anecdotes. Dig it.

Bringing Fear to Life: Makeup Effects from Storyboard to Screen was something I wish was explored in more detail. It runs only about 5 minutes long and is essentially just a slideshow of concept images leading up to the final shots in the film.

Finally, we get trailers for Resident Evil: Extinction, Dragon Wars, Zombie Strippers, 30 Days of Night, Black Water, Gabriel, Southland Tales and Rise: Blood Hunter, as well as a Blu-Ray spot and a Fearnet.com spot.
Last Call
For a sequel to a film that was truly awful, Boogeyman 2 almost HAD to be better. It's smarter, it has better acting, a real person instead of a CG killer, Jigsaw, and fantastic kills. This isn't an intellectual horror film, but you'll watch it with your buddies and marvel at the effects. I really enjoyed this one and although it's not perfect, it's better than it had any rights to be and I recommend it.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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