Boogeyman 3 (2008)
By: Julian on March 15, 2010  | 
Icon | Region 4, PAL | 1.78:1 (16:9 enhanced) | English DD 5.1 | 90 minutes (Full Specs)
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Director: Gary Jones
Starring: Erin Cahill, Chuck Hittinger, Mimi Michaels, Matt Rippy, WB Alexander
Screenplay: Brian Sieve
Country: USA
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Here's a surprise: Boogeyman 3 isn't a shocking film. The idea of the Boogeyman as an antagonist shouldn't be formidable to anyone except six year olds, but at least it produces some nutty dialogue ("the Boogeyman is real! I swear!", a phrase I haven't heard spoken since my kindergarten years, much less by neurotic co-eds) and we're dealt grue and nudity in spades, the sort of ingredients that should feature heavily in any self-respecting third instalment to a low-budget, second-rate franchise. And while by no stretch of the imagination is Boogeyman 3 anything more than a hackneyed attempt to squeeze out yet another unnecessary gore movie (complete with eastern European production location), it provides ninety minutes of solid, gleeful entertainment, more than what can be said about a lot of other unnecessary gore movies.

Not seeing either of the earlier instalments doesn't mean anything. I didn't and I managed well – although Boogeyman 3 isn't exactly the most cerebral exercise in modern horror cinema. In any case, a prologue fills the ignorant viewer in and allows a flashback part for Horror Player of the Week, Tobin Bell. When we get into the swing of it we're introduced to Sarah, who works at a uni radio station and lives a pretty cruise-y college life until Audrey comes along, raving about the boogeyman and needing to be seriously medicated. Sarah entertains her fantasies, which would prove her, and the entire college's, undoing, given the boogeyman only comes around to kill those who believe in it. Resident shrink Dr Kane administers some psychological help but to no avail – the boogeyman doesn't take long to strike, and its modus operandi is lifted straight from A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Audrey is hanged and "suicide" is penned on her death certificate.

The movie doesn't change pace during its 90 minute duration, with that elusive boogeyman offing everyone who starts to think it's real. Director Gary Jones, who helmed classics Crocodile 2 and The Asylum's Jolly Roger: Massacre at Cutter's Cove does absolutely nothing different to any other glossy, hyper-superficial movie you've seen excreted from the moribund American genre film industry – but that's not to say his work here is incompetent. He gives Boogeyman 3 the typical look – neither good nor bad, but his indifference plagues Boogeyman 3, making it totally unremarkable. It's a rip off and a hack job, the ordinariness of the directing only eclipsed by the ordinariness of Brian Sieve's script, his second feature after Boogeyman 2.

But I opened this review by saying this wasn't a bad film, and I said that with Boogeyman 3's entertainment value in mind. While this movie is much of the same, and Mr Jones is yet to have his career breakthrough after helming B-rate genre movies and a couple of Xena episodes a decade and a half ago, Boogeyman 3 is highly watchable. There is guilty pleasure in watching an unstoppable, completely-divorced-from-reality entity dispatch unsympathetic teenagers in increasingly gruesome ways. Boogeyman 3 knows this, and delivers in spades to the undiscriminating punter. And I suppose on those grounds the movie cannot be faulted.
Boogeyman 3 is presented in 1.78:1, with 16:9 enhancement. It's a good transfer but Lorenzo Senatore's camerawork is nothing special.
An English Dolby 5.1 track that accentuates all the right shrieks. It's fine.
Extra Features
A couple of featurettes, trailers and deleted scenes. As much as you'd want or need from a film like this.
The Verdict
Boogeyman 3 is irredeemable trash, but it's inherently watchable irredeemable trash, which doesn't make it a total waste of your time. No one here will be up in lights any time soon but I didn't stop to check the clock for ninety-odd minutes - if entertainment is film's sole vocation, then Boogeyman 3 does the job.
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