How The Boogeyman Differs From (And Expands) Stephen King’s Original Story

When Sadie meets Billings’ spouse later within the movie, the spouse explains the creature follows its prey, glomming on to of us who’re harm and susceptible. She additionally says the boogeyman likes to play with its meals, which represents a thematic connection between the kind of being who would orchestrate an elaborate, dramatic ruse within the quick story solely as a way to kill Billings and one that may slink round to ramp up the scares for Sawyer and Sadie because it does within the movie. “I think it’s been around forever,” Billings’ spouse says, drawing a connection between the boogeyman and one other iconic Stephen King villain: It, the alien life drive who takes the type of Pennywise the Clown and taunts its prey as a result of the extra worry it will probably elicit, the higher its victims will style.

That connection can also be underlined late within the movie when the creature lastly comes nose to nose with Sadie, revealing its hideous full kind to her by peeling open its personal face (in a callback to the quick story’s model of the Dr. Harper masks) and sucking the life out of Sadie, nearly just like the “deadlights” scenes in “It.”

As you doubtless already know, Sadie survives by calling upon the spirit of her useless mom within the type of a flame to assist defeat the creature. “It’s this eternal demonic thing that we just call the boogeyman, but it’s basically this force of darkness and that we should kind of counterbalance with some spiritual force of good,” Savage tells me in an upcoming interview. “It’s one of the hallmarks of a lot of Stephen King, is there is always hope and humanity even in the darkness. It felt of a piece with his work to go that far.”

“The Boogeyman” is in theaters now.

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