|Directed by||Jeff Betancourt|
|Produced by||Steve Hein
|Written by||Brian Sieve|
|Music by||Joseph LoDuca|
|Edited by||Jeff Betancourt|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
Boogeyman 2 is a 2007 American supernatural horror film directed by Jeff Betancourt and the sequel to the 2005 film Boogeyman. The film was written by Brian Sieve and stars Danielle Savre, Matt Cohen, Tobin Bell and Renee O'Connor. In the film, Savre portrays Laura Porter who as a child alongside her brother witnessed her parents' murder, believing the killer to be the Boogeyman. Now an adult, Laura is in a therapy group to get over her phobia of the Boogeyman but her fears become reality when her fellow patients start getting murdered one by one.
Due to the previous film's financial success, Boogeyman 2 was announced in October 2006, with production of the film beginning in the same month with the hiring of Betancourt as director and Sieve attached as writer. Casting began in December of the same year with the casting of O'Connor, with Savre being cast as the star in January 2007. Filming took place in Los Angeles over a four month period, beginning in January and concluding in April. According to Betancourt, unlike the original film which featured the Boogeyman as a supernatural entity, with this film they wanted to present a more grounded version of the mythical creature. Additionally, due to the film's low budget of $4.5 million, special attention was paid to the writing and atmosphere to ensure the film's high quality.
Boogeyman 2 was released direct-to-video in the United States on January 8, 2008. Outside the United States, the film was released theatrically in Russia and Italy. It received mixed reviews from critics, most of which generally considered it to be an improvement over its predecessor. Attention was especially given to the human-like nature of the Boogeyman in the film, which reviewers believed contrasted favourably to its predecessor and other Boogeyman-related films. Despite a mediocre commercial performance, the film was followed by a sequel, Boogeyman 3 (2008).
The film focuses on Laura Porter, who as a child witnessed her parents being brutally murdered by a hooded man, along with her brother Henry. Henry, who was in the same therapy group, seems to be doing well and is off looking for work. Laura gets comfortable with the group which consists of scotophobic Mark, germaphobic Paul, masochistic Alison, agoraphobic Darren who is scared of commitment and relationships, and Nicky, a bulimic girl who fears extreme weight gain. Laura struggles in facing her fear of the Boogeyman, the entity that she believes killed her parents.
Soon, the members of the group start to get murdered, one by one. All of their deaths relate to their fears. Mark falls down an elevator shaft, trying to escape from the darkness when the lights go out, and is torn in half. The next is Paul, who accidentally eats a cockroach after finding them in his bag of chips. The killer, a mysterious man wearing a Boogeyman mask and cloak, then hands him a bottle of cleaning solution, which Paul drinks and burns a hole in his throat. Laura begins to suspect these were not accidents. The lights go out at the hospital, leaving Laura, Alison, Darren, Nicky, Dr. Ryan and Gloria, the receptionist in the dark. Gloria goes to the basement to check the lights. After the lights are turned back on, everybody goes to their rooms. While alone, Alison is killed when the Boogeyman ties her to the bed and places maggots on her arms, which crawl into her skin using the cuts, forcing her to cut them out, killing herself in the process.
Dr. Ryan goes to the basement to check on Gloria and is electrocuted when the Boogeyman throws an electric cord into a puddle of water she is standing in. Laura finds a file on her brother and ones on other patients with Bogyphobia (what Laura has). She finds out that all Bogyphobia patients including Tim Jensen (the protagonist from the first film) have committed suicide after being treated by Dr. Allen. Darren and Nicky have sex in the locker room as Laura finds Alison. She alerts Darren and Nicky to Alison's demise, but the blood and maggots have been cleaned up. Darren and Nicky think she is crazy. The couple then go to Darren's room, where they argue. Darren thinks they should not have a relationship. Darren forces Nicky out of the room, but is disembowelled by the Boogeyman, who takes out his heart.
Laura goes to the basement when she hears Nicky scream and finds her on a table. Nicky has hoses attached to her, filling her with bile until she explodes. Laura runs away in shock, and the Boogeyman attacks her. He chases her through the hospital, where she finds Gloria dead and Dr. Ryan barely alive and mumbling, in some sort of trance. The Boogeyman chases Laura through the underground storage area, finally running into Dr. Allen, who thinks Laura committed the killings. He tries to sedate her, but the Boogeyman stabs Dr. Allen and shoves two needles in his eyes. The Boogeyman is revealed to be Henry, Laura's brother. It's also revealed that Henry was beginning to doubt the Boogeyman's existence, until Dr. Allen locked him in a closet in an attempt to help him. The Boogeyman appeared in the closet and possessed Henry, deciding to take revenge on those who did not believe in it and making itself known to the world.
Henry then chases Laura. She hides in a room, but Henry finds her and she decapitates him with garden shears. The police arrive and discover that under the Boogeyman mask was Dr. Ryan. Between killing Dr. Allen and Laura running and hiding, Henry put a delusional Dr. Ryan in the Boogeyman mask. Laura realizes that Henry is running free as she is about to be arrested after blood is found on her hands. She then has a breakdown, which prompts a paramedic to send in back up and she is taken away by the police.
In a post-credits scene, the Boogeyman looks at a picture of Laura and Henry as adults before disappearing.
- Danielle Savre as Laura Porter
- Matt Cohen as Henry Porter
- Tobin Bell as Dr. Mitchell Allen
- Renee O'Connor as Dr. Jessica Ryan
- Chrissy Griffith as Nicky
- Michael Graziadei as Darren
- Mae Whitman as Alison
- Johnny Simmons as Paul
- David Gallagher as Mark
- Lesli Margherita as Gloria
- Tom Lenk as Perry
- Sammi Hanratty as Young Laura Porter
- Jarrod Bailey as Young Henry Porter
- Lucas Fleischer as Mr. Porter
- Suzanne Jamieson as Mrs. Porter
- Christopher John Fields as Detective
Boogeyman 2 was first announced in October 2006 due to the financial success of its predecessor with Jeff Betancourt, film editor of The Exorcism of Emily Rose, When a Stranger Calls and The Grudge 2 making his directorial debut and Brian Sieve attached as writer. The film was slated to start development in January 2007 in Los Angeles, California. The film was produced by Ghost House Pictures, a film production company created by Sam Raimi and Robert Tapert which specializes in creating horror films. Betancourt stated that he wanted to present a new take on the Boogeyman rather than rehashing the same storyline from the first film and avoid the usage of CGI. According to him, due to the film's low budget, they focused especially on the atmosphere and writing to ensure the film's quality. Storyboards were used extensivelly to show specificaly what was going to occur in the movie and ensure the make-up artists wouldn't have to waste time or money on prosthetics that wouldn't be used, as due to the limited budget most effects could only be filmed once. The real life former hospital Linda Vista Community Hospital served as the primary filming location for the mental institution.
The first actor to be cast was Renee O'Connor in December 2006 as Dr. Jessica Ryan, which she revealed on her website and uploaded a picture of herself in make-up; she filmed her first scenes in February 2007. O'Connor, who was in New Zealand when the first movie was being filmed and went to the set to visit her personal friend and the film's producer Rob Tapert, said that she had a discussion with him about "the differences of having a supernatural demon versus a real person that can come in and be a threat", believing the former to be scarier. On getting cast in the film and her approach to the character, she stated:
I had a contract with Rob Tapert and I just emailed him and said that I really wanted to play this character. I think she would be interesting because it touches back on some of the things I've played as an actress, and that was it. [...] It was so tight in the dialogue, you just have to play with the relationships and find other things going on with the characters to make it seem like there's more depth to what's going on, that there's more of a history between them.
In mid-January, former Heroes actress Danielle Savre got cast as the film's lead Laura Porter. On Savre, Betancourt stated that "[she] has been incredible so far and has been a real trooper. We've [...] had her running up and down these halls screaming, throwing blood on her, throwing vomit on her, throwing guts on her and she's held up so far." Tobin Bell was cast as Dr. Mitchell Allen in February and Matt Cohen as Laura's brother Henry in March. Bell modeled his portrayal after Dick Cheney.
The special effects were handled by Quantum Creation FX who were involved with the project throughout the entire duration of filming. Ten artisans and technicians were involved in creating severed heads, puppets, prosthetic makeups and gore gags. The designs of the Boogeyman and mask the killer wears were handled by Jerad S. Marantz. The Boogeyman itself was based on Betancourt's own childhood fears and "skeletal things and bird corpses" were used as inspiration for its skin texture.
Boogeyman 2 was screened on October 20, 2007 at the Screamfest Horror Film Festival which occurred at Grauman's Chinese Theatre; there the film sold out. During the same month, it was announced that the film would be released on DVD in January 8, 2008. Outside the United States, the film was released theatrically in both Russia, where it stayed in theaters for two weeks, and Italy.
The DVD, which was released as "Unrated Director's Cut" and lacks an MPAA rating, includes two different commentaries. The first one features director Betancourt and writer Sieve while the second features actors Bell and Savre along with producers Hein and Bryman. The DVD als includes a documentary called "Bringing Fear to Life: Makeup Effects from Storyboards to Screen", showing some of the film's development using storyboards. The film has also been digitally released on Google Play and Amazon Video.
Brandon Ciampaglia of IGN gave the film a negative review, describing it as "yet another stupid horror film" and that the only reason for anyone to buy the movie is for the gore which "surprisingly, isn't all that bad" and giving it a score of 4/10. Ryan Turek of ComingSoon.net criticized the story, characters (though he praised the actors for being capable of working with the material they were given) and lack of suspense but found the film more entertaining than the original and that despite its low budget, "[Betancourt] has hashed together a fine-looking film that’s technically competent". Tristan Sinns of Dread Central awarded it two out of five stars, criticizing it for not featuring the mythological Boogeyman and having unsympathetic characters but praised the death scenes as "rather creative".
CHUD.com gave the film a score of 6.8 out of ten, stating that it was "a very solid little horror flick that forgoes the ridiculous CGI and hokum supernatural aspects of the first movie as well as the restraints of PG-13". In a similar review, PopMatters also praised the film in comparison to the previous one, giving it eight stars out of ten, with the consensus reading: "A film that bucks the stigma of direct-to-DVD sequels, this unyieldingly dark and bloody feature will surprise you, especially if you were unfortunate enough to catch the first one." David Nusair of Reel Film Reviews also praised Boogeyman 2 over its predecessor, especially for its "satisfying kill sequences" and entertaining supporting cast. While he criticized the middle half as "uneventful", the film "recovers nicely for a surprisingly enthralling third act" and gave it 2.5/4 stars.
A sequel titled Boogeyman 3 premiered at the Screamfest Horror Film Festival on October 18, 2008 and was released direct-to-video in January 20, 2009. Brian Sieve came back as writer but the film features new cast members and characters. The story takes place in college campus and stars Erin Cahill. As with the first movie, the Boogeyman is once again portrayed as a supernatural entity.
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