THE BOOGEY MAN (1980) – Episode 260 – Decades of Horror 1980s

“Your mother, did she date other men?” Define “date.” Join your faithful Grue Crew – Crystal Cleveland, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr – as they try to figure out Ulli Lomel’s version of The Boogey Man (1980).

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 260 – The Boogey Man (1980)

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A young girl witnesses her brother murder their mom’s boyfriend through a reflection in a mirror. Twenty years later the mirror is shattered, freeing the dead boyfriend’s evil spirit, which seeks revenge for his death.

Sporting a title that has burrowed its way into every child’s nightmares, The Boogey Man also borrows from or pays homage to several previous horror films, among them The Exorcist (1973), Halloween (1978), and The Amityville Horror (1979). Helmed by the famous (or is it infamous?) director, Ulli Lommel, this low-budget supernatural slasher is a family affair: Lommel’s wife, Susanna Love, stars; the cast is spotted with her friends and relatives; and it’s even shot on her uncle’s farm. Does the result live up to its chilling title? The 80s Grue-Crew has plenty to say on that subject and many more as they frequently get sidetracked in this episode.

At the time of this writing, The Boogey Man is available to stream from Shudder and Amazon PPV. The movie is available on physical media from Vinegar Syndrome in a 2-disc Blu-ray edition: one 4K Ultra HD disc and one standard format Blu-ray disc.

Every two weeks, Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1980s podcast will cover another horror film from the 1980s. The next episode’s film, chosen by Chad, will be Mother’s Day (1980), directed by Charles Kauffman. It’s Troma time, just in time for Father’s Day!

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Jeff Mohr
Jeff lives smack dab in the middle of the cornfields of Iowa and is a long-time horror fan. His first remembered encounters with the genre were The Wizard of Oz, Tarzan gorilla chases, and watching the first broadcast of The Twilight Zone episode, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." While he now qualifies as an old fart, he strives to be an Old Boy. Paraphrasing Robert Bloch, he has the heart of a small boy. He keeps it in a jar on his desk.

Jeff has written for Horrornews.net and SQ Horror Magazine. He currently writes for Gruesome Magazine and is a co-host of the Decades of Horror podcasts - The Classic Era, 1970s, and 1980s - and the Gruesome Magazine Podcast.