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Sunday, August 2, 2009

DVD Evaders: THE BOOGENS (1981)



THE BOOGENS is one of my all-time favorite creature features. Produced on a tiny budget and released to little fanfare in 1981, BOOGENS managed to crawl into my life when it hit a second-run theater some time in 1982. I was appropriately creeped out, and for a long time moments of the film stuck with me.

I eventually found the movie on VHS and was quite surprised how well it held up. The movie sports a fine performance by Rebecca Balding [ever the girl next door] and one of the best dog actor performances ever committed to film. I was so saddened by his demise.

I caught a screening of this film a few years ago, and even though the audience didn't really know the film all that well, they really got into it. It's a movie with characters you care for, and actors who play their roles well. The film has just the right amount of scares and laughs, and a healthy dose of wintery atmosphere. Balding even supplies us with a very unexpected nude scene. And there's even Boogens POV!

There are plenty of low-budget horror films that have been lying dormant for all of the years, waiting to be rediscovered, but right now I can't think of many other than The Boogens that i'd like to see get a new life on DVD. It's a crime this film has been forgotten, and hopefully it's fans will get what they've been waiting for all of these years.

7 comments:

The Warfreak said...

I've been wanting to see this one for a while now. Hopefully someone is listening, and it comes to DVD.

Tommy Salami said...

This is one that I missed on HBO back in '81 and I've hunted it ever since. What the hell is a boogen? I can't wait to find out.

Carl (ILHM) said...

I need to rewatch this one, didnt enjoy it as much as I was hoping on the first watch through but I know it is generally considered an 80s gem

Cinema Du Meep said...

The Boogens will not disappoint. Give it a whirl!

Al Bruno III said...

Count me in as wanting this movie on DVD too!

And I had a major crush on Rebecca Balding back in the day...

Amanda By Night said...

Meep, did you know the lead actor Fred McCarren died a few years ago? It was like, he died then Hollis from MBV died and it was very devestating. I loved him and thought he was just fantastic (and quite sexy) here in the Boogens, which is probably the best slasher/monster hybrid movie.

Watch Full Movies said...

I haven't seen this movie. Movie is looking to be interesting one.I hope i will watch it very soon.

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