The most terrifying nightmare of childhood is about to return!
is a 1980 horror
film directed by Ulli Lommel. It stars Suzanna Love, Nicholas Love, and John Carradine
After a horrifying incident in her childhood, Lacey — now grown and married with a young son — lives with her aunt and uncle on a farm in relative tranquility. Her brother Willy also lives with them, though he has not spoken a word since the night he stabbed his mother's cruel and abusive lover to death. It seems the past is returning to haunt her, as Lacey begins having nightmares about being tied to a bed and threatened with knives.
At the recommendation of her psychiatrist, Lacey and her husband visit her mother and the house she grew up in. She smashes a mirror when she sees the reflection of her mother's lover approaching in it. This proves to be not the end
of her nightmares but merely the beginning of a new one...The Boogeyman
was listed as a video nasty
in 1982, but was later re-released in cut form in 1992. It was released uncut in 2000.
A sequel, Boogeyman 2
, was made in 1983, starring Suzanna Love reprising her role as Lacey. The premise is Lacey is approached by a group of Hollywood phonies to make a film based on her experiences. The Hollywood crew are subsequently killed — one by one — by the mirror spirit.Return of the Boogeyman
was released in 1994, and supposedly occurs alongside the events of the original (so they can pad things out with old footage recycled as "visions") and involves a psychic being haunted by the mirror man.
Not to be confused with the 2005 film, simply titled Boogeyman
and its sequels, Boogeyman 2
and Boogeyman 3
This series contains examples of the following tropes:
- The Blank: What the killer is described as, though he's really just a guy with stocking over his head.
- Bound and Gagged
- George Lucas Altered Version: There's a very bizarre DVD edition of The Boogeyman 2. The original version of the film wasn't very good by any stretch of the imagination, but it is unanimously preferred over what Lommel claimed was a "Director's Cut". This version consists of cheaply shot footage of Lommel being interrogated by off-camera police officers, and "flashbacks" that are 90% derived from Lommel's 1980 film The Boogeyman, which The Boogeyman 2 was a sequel to. The original version of The Boogeyman 2 did consist of a lot of flashback footage from the first film, but it did have some new content, whereas the 2003 version of The Boogeyman 2 is 90% footage from The Boogeyman, 10% newly filmed content.
- Minor Injury Overreaction Quite common in the first movie. Among other things, people die from being hit by an opening drawer and from being trapped by a closing window.
- Mirror Monster
- Things That Go Bump in the Night
- Video Nasty