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WATCH: Stephen King’s ‘The Boogeyman’ is Here to Summon Some Old-School Scares


While it would be easy to assume a new movie “from the mind of Stephen King” is destined to be some kind of horror classic, the new trailer for The Boogeyman makes a strong argument that when you’ve written as many stories as King has they’ll inevitably drift into generic territory from time to time. With over 60 novels and more than 200 short stories to his name, King is nothing if not prolific, but his quality control isn’t always up to snuff, which is how you wind up with mundane-looking horror fare like this. Having said that, trailers can be deceiving, so let’s take a closer look to see if we can scare up some enthusiasm for The Boogeyman before it hits cinemas on June 2.

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Image: 20th Century Studios

First of all, we know director Rob Savage is capable of making good movies. After all, with 2020’s extremely simple but brutally effective Host he made one of the best lockdown-themed flicks to release during the COVID-19 pandemic. Seriously, if you can find a scarier film that takes place entirely within a video group chat then we want to know about it.

Second, there are some strong actors in front of the camera, including Sophie Thatcher, Chris Messina, LisaGay Hamilton, David Dastmalchian, and Vivien Lyra Blair, who played young Princess Leia in the recent Obi-Wan Kenobi series on Disney+.

And finally, there’s some fairly interesting camera work on display throughout the trailer.

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Moral of the story: Fire hazards are the real boogeyman | Image: 20th Century Studios

Outside of that, we’re struggling to get excited. Unfortunately, the film’s concept just comes across as the most middle-of-the-road attempt at summoning supernatural scares you’re likely to encounter. In King’s defence, the short story on which this film’s based was first published in 1973. That’s half a century ago, so it only makes sense for something that once felt original to have been done to death by now and for there to have been an evolution in the kinds of horror stories that really get under people’s skin in that time.

However, as we know, an underwhelming trailer does not necessarily mean a bad film, so we’ll keep our eyes peeled for when The Boogeyman launches in June. To make your own mind, check out the trailer above or via the link below.

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Who’s a handsome fellow? | Image: 20th Century Studios