It was obviously made by someone who wanted to make a monster movie but had to work on a tiny budget, so they barely show any scenes of an actual monster, but pad out the film with scenes of people standing around looking scared when they hear noises, or empty dialogue and conversation between characters. The best sequences in the film are taught little moments like when one of the damsels in distress gets her arm pulled through a heating vent in the floor of the cabin and is struggling to free herself. The Boogens is a charming, if sedate mishmash of horror genres and tropes. Do we have any other fans of this stunning film? You just don't know, and the only clues you're given are from first-person point of view shots as the monster skulks around in the shadows. The Film An abandoned Colorado silver mine reopens many years after it was closed, due to a devastating cave-in. No, but it looks decent.
Conway Writer: David O'Malley Cast: Rebecca Balding; Fred McCarren; Anne-Marie Martin; Jeff Harlan; John Crawford Genre: Horror Tagline: Afraid of not knowing. When they clear some blockage with dynamite, they unknowingly let loose a horde of previously trapped creatures known as 'Boogens' who proceed to make their way through the shafts of the mine and then out into the area surrounding it. It's a track that is both active and informative and McKay does a good job of keeping all involved engaged in the discussion and the end result is a pretty fun listen. The effects are decent, the performances are fine and the movie has enough of a zany spirit running throughout that you can't help but have a good time with it. Black levels aren't bad, flesh tones look decent enough and detail is fine when you consider the age and modest budget of the film. There is a strong level of contrast that makes watching the film a pleasure.
There is one special feature and it more than makes up for any flaws in the print. The Boogens, high expectations and all, manages to satisfy with enough fine-tuned technique and value to make up for the basic sentence-long plot, and just enough spot-on humor to keep you laughing. The 'Boogens' look more like strange turtles than anything else and while they obviously have the ability to bite and kill, they're not particularly threatening looking. As a horror movie, it's just not very suspenseful. The effects are decent, the performances are fine and the movie has enough of a zany spirit running throughout that you can't help but have a good time with it. This is one of the more consistently speckled source elements we've seen from Olive, with recurrent white flecks and specks occurring throughout the presentation.
Conway, Screenwriter David O'Malley and Stars Rebecca Balding and Jeff McKay now married. The movie tries to fill that void with stronger characters, and admittedly, the cast here isn't bad. Obviously, the movie concerns the reopening of the mine and the consequences that lie therein for six people. Overall rating: 7 out of 10. Color is saturated to a pleasant finesse. The trailer for the film is conspicuously absent, unfortunately, but given Olive Films' aversion to extras, the fact that the commentary is here will be a nice surprise for some.
The younger guys leave the mine, completely unaware of what they've just done, and meet up with their girlfriends - Jessica Anne-Marie Martin and Trish Rebecca Balding - who have shown up just in time for the weekend's festivities to get underway - some sex, some drinking and some partying in a house that they've rented for the occasion. Extras: Aside from static menus and chapter selection, the only extra on the disc is a commentary track with director James Conway and writer David O'Malley who are joined by actress Rebecca Balding and moderator Jeff McKay. Most of those films — you know, the ones we missed seeing when we were younger - eventually fall short of our through-the-roof expectations, though. When attempts are made to explore the mine shaft, the investigating party never returns. Director: Starring: , , , , , Producer: » The Boogens Blu-ray Review Scary funny. Guess who wins that battle? Trish, a journalist, begins researching the past tragic events at the mine.
The creature itself ends up resembling a snake-esque turtle parasite with eel-like fangs to snatch its prey. They should've called it The Seinfield Movie, because it feels like a movie about nothing. Up until the final reveal, The Boogens is a rather decently creepy little horror film. As a film student in Los Angeles, countless hours spent researching film libraries across America proved fruitless. Sometimes it's laid on just a little too thick. But by the eighties, when The Boogens was filmed, Park City had become at least somewhat gentrified, and in fact it housed the production company headed by Conway and his partners, a company which according to the commentary had recently struck gold with the Grizzly Adams movie and subsequent television series and was beginning to branch out in ancillary product.
It doesn't help that when the creature is finally given the spotlight, I found it to look more silly than scary -- and maybe even a little cute. We actually come to care for these people a titanic achievement for many of today's filmmakers. The fact that they actually got away with their collective sleight of hand for as long as they did is something of a minor miracle. If there are pacing problems early in the picture, by the time the end credits hit you'll have more or less forgotten about them thanks to some very energetic moments and a fun cast. Cast: , , , , Director: Rating: R Running Time: 95 min. The Boogens features perhaps the all time funniest monster in movie monster history, and that's quite an achievement.
Roger and his best friend Mark Kinner Fred McCarren have rented a cabin for the week. Details Director : James L. This isn't a showy track, obviously, and is somewhat restrained even for a low budget horror film, but it gets the job done and has no real damage to report. What they don't realize is that the house has a passageway in the basement that is connected to the mine they just left, that same mine that had the creatures in it. As such, it comes recommended. If the titular monsters are less than life-like, at least the smart editing obscures this.