PORTLAND, Maine — A new movie out this week is based on a short story written by famed Miner Stephen King.
Here is the movie summary:
“High school student Sadie Harper and her younger sister Sawyer are reeling from the recent death of their mother and don’t have much support from their father, Will, a therapist dealing with his own pain. When a desperate patient shows up unexpectedly at their home seeking help, he leaves behind a terrifying supernatural entity that hunts families and feeds on the suffering of its victims.”
The story was adapted into short films 1982 and 2010. But in 2018, a film adaptation of “The Boogeyman” was announced with the writers of “A quiet placeThis project was subsequently canceled when Disney completed its acquisition of the fox. It was then revived in 2021.
“‘The Boogeyman’ is still quite effective at what it sets out to do, likely due to the input of Beck and Woods, the writing/producing duo behind the 2018 hit ‘A Quiet Place.’ On one level, it can be read as a metaphor for grief, sort of like ‘The Babadook,’ which covered the same ground, albeit to greater effect.”
His review continued, “But opting for literalness over ambiguity, ‘The Boogeyman’ doesn’t quite stick the landing like that richly suggestive 2014 Australian film did. The problem with Boogeyman: It’s a movie about killing what you’re it plagues, instead of learning how to live with it.”
The film opens in several theaters across Maine on Thursday. To view showtimes, Click here.
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