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(2005), PG-13 [R-13*]
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Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Ghost House Pictures (a division of Senator International Inc.)
Distribution (US): Screen Gems Inc., Columbia TriStar Home Video
Director(s): Stephen T. Kay
Producer(s): Gary Bryman, Daniel Carrillo, Joseph Drake, Steve Hein, Nathan Kahane, Michael Kirk, Eric Kripke, Doug Lefler, Carsten H.W. Lorenz, Hans Jürgen Pohland, Sam Raimi, Chloe Smith, Robert G. Tapert
Story: Eric Kripke
Screenplay: Eric Kripke, Juliet Snowden, Stiles White
Cinematography/Camera: Bobby Bukowski
Music: Joseph LoDuca
Film Editing: John Axelrad
Casting: Marie Adams, Miranda Gooch, Lynn Kressel
Production Design: Patricia Devereaux, Robert Gillies
Art Direction: Nick Bassett, Jennifer Ward
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6
Boogeyman. Never met him. Don't know him. But if your kids go see this flick, they might. Over and over again. Long after they leave the theater. Maybe every night while waiting for sleep to come. Maybe after sleep comes. Boogeyman is the stuff of which nightmares are made.
Of course, since Boogeyman is PG-13 it presents sexual immorality. Including nudity. Not much but just enough to get it there, just enough to push the limits. Only two uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary but several uses of God's name in vain though all are without the four letter expletive. Lots and lots of unholy demonism and evil manifestations. At least now I know how to spell "Boogeyman." And I also know it is another R-13. Some dazzling computer-aided cinematography and well-crafted performances, but that is, in one respect, the problem. Such minute detail in demonstrating evil taken to the ... er ... extremes more and more extreme each year. So much so we have become so drugged by extremes in and as entertainment that what once was morally unacceptable has become morally invisible.
Tim Jensen (Barry Watson) tried to tell everyone it was the boogeyman (Andrew Glover) in his bedroom closet that took his dad (Charles Mesure) 15 years ago. But Tim's mother, Mary (Lucy Lawless) and psychiatrists of Morrow's Children's Psychiatric Clinic kept telling Tim that the boogeyman was a fantasy Tim created to deal with his father abandoning him and his mother. Y'see, Tim's dad, though a loving dad, was not all that wise in dealing with childhood fears. In one scene, Mr. Jenson blocked Tim in a closet until he would count slowly to five as a way to make the boogeyman and other twilight demons go away. One character brought up an interesting thought. What happens if you get to six? The mental magnates reasoned Tim's anger toward his father's methods and ultimately toward his father generated the fantasy as a defense mechanism and coping tool.
Tim became a professional. An assistant editor. With many friends. But he was still carrying the enemy from 15 years ago.
Tim's mom died so he felt it was his responsibility to return home to settle matters and to bury his mother. While home, friends. acquaintances and Uncle Mike (Philip Gordon) who had been trying to spruce up the old home to ready it for sale recommended Tim spend the night in the nightmare one more time to deal with the haunting in an adult manner -- to face down the boogeyman once and for all.
Still not sure what to believe, whether it really was the boogeyman which took his father or whether his father abandoned him, Tim decided to take his friends' advice and spend the night. Once more. In the same bedroom. With the same closet that swallowed his father.
While rummaging through things, Tim found 12 year old Frannie (Skye McCole Bartusiak) ... or was it an embodied spirit? ... hiding in the barn. After winning her confidence, Tim discovered the backpack Frannie left in his old house contained many photos and bills of missing children. Frannie was on one of them. Implications were that the dozens of kids, each declared a missing child, were victims of the boogeyman.
One of Tim's work mates, Jessica (Tory Mussett) tried to woo Tim into bed with her but Tim's preoccupation with learning the truth about his boogeyman would not permit him to reciprocate her prostitution of herself to him. Jessica did not last very long after that. In motel room number 3 Jessica again tried to bed Tim. While taking a bath to prepare herself, she disappeared for a while then reappeared to be thrown around the bathroom. Naked, of course. Jessica was not the only one to be thrown around in this 82 minute tale of the macabre with a different style. It does not use a creak in the flooring with every step and each door does not moan at it opens or closes ... all by itself.
From that motel room as Tim looked for Jessica (before she was tossed about), Tim reluctantly looked in a ... brrr! ... closet. Upon entering the closet Tim was transported across time and space back to his house where he had left childhood friend, Kate (Emily Deschanel) whom he had met earlier for the first time in 15 years, who had left Tim to to sup with her father to then return with some food for Tim.
There is some disconnect and wandering in the plot and there is a lot more to it. But I leave you with the observations listed in the Findings/Scoring section to hopefully help you be in a better position to make an informed moral decision on your own whether this film is fit for your 13 year olds or older or younger -- or yourself.
Summarizing the Findings/Scoring section, the strongest presence is in Offense to God (O) which found much display of unholy and evil manifestations, unexplained physical events and demon attacks [1 Thess. 5:22] plus a number of uses of God's name in vain but each without the four letter expletive [Duet. 5:11]. Next in line for point loss is Wanton Violence/Crime (W) due to things such as a young girl in terror, struggle in a fearful frenzy and flashes of bondage torture [Prov. 3:31]. Sexual Immorality (S) is next in line for point loss due to content including a man and woman in bed together for sex, nudity and demonstration of sexual aggression [Rev. 21:8].
Typically Impudence/Hate (I) reveals a strong loss in PG-13 due to the use of foul language but in this case there were only two uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary and no uses of the most foul of the foul words [Prov. 22:11]. Most of the point loss in Impudence/Hate was due to demonstrated or implied child abuse/neglect [Matt. 25:40, Luke 17:2].
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***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
(The heart of the CAP Analysis Model)
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
|There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.|
|In the name of Jesus: |
Lord, Master, Teacher, Savior, God.
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