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.