The Boogeyman Interviews: Sophie Thatcher & Rob Savage on adapting a Stephen King classic

We interview Yellowjackets star Sophie Thatcher and director Rob Savage about their Stephen King adaptation, The Boogeyman.

Long live horror on the big screen! After a few years of experimentation, the success of movies like Smile, M3GAN and Barbarian have made it crystal clear that horror audiences like to watch their films on the big screen. That’s why Disney and 20th Century Studios decided to put The Boogeyman, their adaptation of the classic Stephen King short story, in theatres this weekend. Initially set for Hulu, excellent test audience scores elevated the film to become a major release, and having caught the movie at a packed CinemaCon screening in April, I can see why. Audiences love it.

With the movie coming out this weekend, I was lucky to get the opportunity to speak with the movie’s talented director Rob Savage (Dashcam, Host), as well as the film’s star Sophie Thatcher, who seems on the verge of a big career between this and Yellowjackets. Both were a ton of fun to talk to, with Savage revealing that Thatcher is a true horror aficionado who partly decided to do the movie because she liked that he was wearing a t-shirt for Andrzej Żuławski’s Possession. I put her to the test in our interview, with Thatcher going on about how much she loves Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later and how The Boogeyman, to her, is a good horror movie because it explores a lot of things under the surface, as all good examples of the genre do.

Read my review of The Boogeyman here, and make sure to check it out this weekend. It deserves to be seen on the big screen in the darkest, spookiest theater you can find.

About the Author

Chris Bumbray began his career with JoBlo as the resident film critic (and James Bond expert) way back in 2007, and he has stuck around ever since, being named editor-in-chief in 2021. A voting member of the CCA and a Rotten Tomatoes-approved critic, you can also catch Chris discussing pop culture regularly on CTV News Channel.