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The plot is been-there done-that generic, and none of the shock effects can do anything to build up suspense.



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Tim is a seemingly normal, twenty-something guy. He's got a decent job and is moving fast in his relationship with his girlfriend Jessica. But an intense, paralyzing fear that has been terrifying him since childhood is tearing him apart. When Tim was eight, each night his dad would put him to sleep with a bedtime story. Until that one fateful night. As Tim watched from his bed, his father was violently sucked into the closet, and was never seen or heard from again. Tim is terrified that the Boogeyman will return and take him as he has taken so many before. Until now he has coped by eliminating opportunities for the Boogeyman to get to him. He has removed every dark corner in his apartment; there are no closets, and his bed is on the floor so the evil force has nowhere to hide. When Tim is forced to move outside his comfort zone on a Thanksgiving trip to Jessica's parents, he leaves this protected world. After a disturbing dream about his estranged mother, Tim awakens in a cold sweat. His cell phone rings. His mother has died. After the funeral, Tim visits the children's psychiatric hospital where he spent many years after the disappearance of his father. His former counselor reiterates what she has known all along--that in order to get over his fears, he must spend a night alone in the old house and confront things head on. Tim tries to relax and enjoy a reunion with his childhood best friend, Kate, but as Tim relives the past, his crippling fear returns. Tim turns to the only person who shares his fear, Franny, a precocious and mysterious young girl who first appeared at his mother's funeral. She is the only one who sees what he sees--and Tim draws on Franny's courage and advice to face the Boogeyman. But when he discovers that Franny was abducted years ago and has been missing ever since, he realizes that the line separating what is real and what is not has vanished. Now Tim must fight to put the evil force and the demons to rest in a final battle to save his life. But how can he know what is real and what is imagined?

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  • Feb 03, 2015
    Okay. Not particularly good, but not terrible either. This film is just kind of confusing at times.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 02, 2012
    Nothing original and not many scares. Cool to watch around Halloween, but not something I'd recommend considering the acting is pretty shoddy and the narrative is predictable and testing.
    Sophie B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 01, 2011
    Pretty fucking awful PG-13 horror. Not scary in the least, and relies far too heavily on jump scares. When the boogeyman is finally revealed the shitty CGI used to create him made me laugh pretty hard. As the movie progresses it gets more and more nonsensical as well. And the ending where we find out the boogeymans weakness made me want to put my head through the screen. Acting is unexceptional. So is the story. There is some good camera work here and there, but thats nowhere near enough to save this forgettable borefest. Don't bother with this one folks.
    Ed Fucking H Super Reviewer
  • Jul 17, 2011
    The film has a lot of atmosphere early on but the story goes totally no where. The concept is never explained and leaves the viewer with the idea of guessing. The problem is the film doesn't have the strength to pull of such a feat. Barry Watson is well cast and develops a character who is terribly traumatised and quite strong, the problem is the development of a clever film to complement such an intriguing film. The cgi character robs the film of any malice which is a shame as the last 10 mins really offer an intense finale. Good for a night in but sadly not a film deserving Sam raimis attention
    Brendan N Super Reviewer

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