The first Boogeyman movie (the 2005 one, not the 1980 Ulli Lommel mini-masterpiece) was a piss poor PG-13 CGI-heavy shit storm. Boogeyman 2 plays almost like an apology for the first film. All I can say is that producer Sam Raimi must’ve finally wised the fuck up.
A chick sees her family butchered by a serial killer and grows up to have some severe issues. Years later, she checks into a nuthouse to conquer her fear of closets (don’t ask). It doesn’t take long before The Boogeyman shows up and starts killing people by taking their worst fear and turning it against them.
The guy who is afraid of the dark gets his guts ripped out in a pitch black elevator. The OCD kid gets a mouthful of bleach. The cutter chick finds maggots crawling in her slash marks and has to hack into them with a straight razor. (Not up to par with the similar scene in Hellbound: Hellraiser 2, but still high quality.) The guy who is afraid of “opening up” gets his heart ripped out. The bulimic bitch gets a whole bunch of food pumped into her mouth until her belly explodes. In addition to those fine kills, we also get some non-fear related deaths like hypodermic needles in the eyes and the piece de resistance, a stellar decapitation via hedge clippers.
Folks, this is the kind of movie where someone just can’t get stabbed and be done with it. No, the killer has to twist his knife until their guts hit the floor. I respect that kind of integrity. The film also puts off a Nightmare 3 vibe because of all the troubled teens in group therapy scenes.
If you couldn’t already tell, Boogeyman 2 is ass loads more fun than Boogeyman 1. Then again the first film set the bar extremely low. Actually, if it wasn’t for the gore, Part 2 would’ve been just as useless and boring as the original.
In fact, Boogeyman 2 reminds me of those Amish kids. You know the ones I’m talking about. The ones that spend their childhood being all religious and stuff; then when they turn 18, they all go out and party till they puke because they’ve been so damn repressed their whole life. The Boogeyman franchise is kinda like that. The first film was a wishy-washy PG-13 crapfest. Part 2 was all pent-up about the first film being so chaste that when it finally got the go-ahead to be an Unrated Direct-To-DVD sequel that it wore itself out trying to be a balls-out gore bonanza.
Saw fans will enjoy seeing Tobin Bell playing the doctor who tries to help the kids. He doesn’t do a good job, mostly because he’s still using that creepy Jigsaw voice. I mean how can you listen to that raspy voice of doom? Christ, just him saying, “HELLO PAUL…” in that Grim Reaper-ish tone is enough to SEND you to the loony bin, not get you out of it!
The Bottom Line: The gore is good; everything else pretty much sucks ass.