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The Boogens (1982)

The Boogens (1982)




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This spooky horror film is set in an abandoned southwestern silver mine. It was closed in the early 1900s after it suddenly caved in. Now engineers begin re-exploring the mine in hopes of reopening it. This proves to be a big mistake because it is inhabited by terrifying monsters.


Rebecca Balding
as Trish Michaels
Fred McCarren
as Mark Kinner
Ann-Marie Martin
as Jessica Ford
Jeff Harlan
as Roger Lowrie
John Crawford
as Brian Deering
Johnny Crawford
as Brian Deering
Med Flory
as Dan Ostroff
Jon Lormer
as Blanchard
Peg Stewart
as Victoria Tusker
Scott Wilkinson
as Deputy Blanchard
Marcia Yvette Reider
as Martha Chapman
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Critic Reviews for The Boogens

All Critics (9)

The director keeps the creatures off-camera for most of the film, but when they do show up they're at once ridiculous and brilliant: rubbery, king crab-like things...

Full Review… | October 26, 2012
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Hey, we weren't all that demanding of our low-budget monster movies in 1981.

Full Review… | August 28, 2012

This is a fairly typical, low-rent, low-imagination horror movie of the early 1980s.

Full Review… | August 22, 2012
Combustible Celluloid

At best, it's a so-so horror pic.

Full Review… | October 25, 2010
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August 22, 2005

Obscure and unknown. Deservedly so.

July 25, 2002

Audience Reviews for The Boogens


A small rehab team of 4 guys explore an abandoned silver mine, in hopes to re-open it 100 years after a cave-in forced it to shut it down. They inadvertently free some (now, very hungry) creatures which a loopy local man had been trying to keep trapped in the mine shafts. A rather plodding storyline with characters who are one-dimensional; the film sports cool rubber monsters, but they don't appear 'til the final half of film


Sorry to say but between 'C.H.U.D.' and 'The Boogens', the sewer-dwelling creatures are more gratifying than their mine-dwelling doppelgangers. 'The Boogens' is a regurgitated, fairly pedestrian slice-and-dice B-movie where Tiger, a Bichon Frise canine, is the most competent actor in the ensemble. His double-takes during a romantic tryst are priceless. To our chagrin though, the majority of the film is the repetitive stalking-the-prey POV shots from the roaring insects (whose rubbery snapping-turtle design is only glimpsed at occasionally due to an infinitesimal budget) and false scares. In fact, perhaps due to money constraints, the scale is too cramped and small for any truly terrifying stakes. It doesn't feel like a potential epidemic. Aside from a tavern scene, the townspeople are scarce and never exposed to the Boogens' rampage. 'C.H.U.D.' may not have been revolutionary for the subgenre but it enriched more character depth and climactic dread that the gingerly paced 'The Boogens'.

Cory Taylor
Cory Taylor

Super Reviewer


The Boogens isn't completely devoid of charm. At least it has some strong characters going for it. Even the sex mad ladies man character, is portrayed with a lot of heart and little annoyance. The build is far too slow. I enjoy a bit of tension, but if your monsters look like ridiculous puppets in the final reel, at least showcase them early. Only so many tentacle attacks I can stomach. It's also quite repeptitive with just two locations, and the dog sniffing out danger gets about 4 separate scenes. Could do worse, but the slowness is a test of patience.

Luke Baldock
Luke Baldock

Super Reviewer

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