According to its synopsis, “[‘The Boogeyman’] centers on a 16-year old and her younger sister, both still reeling from the death of their mother, who are targeted by a supernatural boogeyman after their father, a psychologist, has an encounter with a desperate patient in their house.” It definitely sounds like classic Stephen King stuff on paper, combining a family in peril with a big ol’ metaphor for the destructive power of loss and grief. The cast ought to be more than up for the challenge of tackling such heavy material, too, with character actor extraordinaire David Dastmalchian leading an ensemble that includes the talented youngster Vivien Lyra Blair (“Obi-Wan Kenobi”), Madison Hu (“Voyagers”), and Sophie Thatcher (“Yellowjackets”), along with Chris Messina (“Sharp Objects”), aka the most under-appreciated Chris.
With so many talented folks involved in making “The Boogeyman” (including some whose 2023 is already off to a fabulous start), there’s reason to think it might yet join the club of great Stephen King movie adaptations, or even just the perfectly okay ones like “Mr. Harrigan’s Phone.” Disney and 20th Century Studios clearly think so, seeing as they premiered its trailer during the National Football Conference (NFC) championship game after giving the film a theatrical release in response to an early positive test screening. It would seem that King kid may well have a future in this business.
“The Boogeyman” opens in theaters on June 2, 2023.