“The Boogeyman” (20th Century)
By OSV News
Above-average chiller in which a recently widowed and still grieving father (Chris Messina) and his equally bereft daughters (Sophie Thatcher and Vivien Lyra Blair) become the victims of the unwelcome visitor of the title, with predictably unsettling results.
Director Rob Savage’s relatively subtle screen version of a 1973 short story by horror-meister Stephen King avoids all but minimal bloodletting and benefits from the credible human dynamics of the haunted clan. Scott Beck and Bryan Woods’ script also takes it easy on off-color dialogue, making this tingler possibly acceptable for older teens.
Stylized but briefly disturbing violence, gruesome sights, fleeting scatological humor, a couple of instances each of profanity, milder swearing and crass talk, a rough expression, several crude terms. The OSV News classification is A-III — adults. The Motion Picture Association rating is PG-13 — parents strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13.