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THE MOVIE: Boogeyman

THE STARS:
Barry Watson • Emily Deschanel • Lucy Lawless
DIRECTOR: Stephen T Kay

Horror eyeful THE CONCEPT:
Tim Jensen (Barry Watson) returns to his home in Chicago, where he was traumatized as a child, to face his fears and determine if the entity that terrorized him is real or a figment of his imagination

U.S. RELEASE: February 4 2005, Nationwide
• Rated: PG-13

THE COMMENTS:

ROB TAPERT (Producer):
“’There’s something in your closet, there’s something under your bed.’ For whatever reason, that’s even an adult fear. So I think psychologically there’s something in the collective unconscious that tells us that there’s something that’s not safe that lurks in those dark places that we are not very familiar with.”

BARRY WATSON:
“[This movie] seemed like such a challenge. I’m carrying the whole movie, basically I’m in almost every frame. I think it’s some of the best work I’ve ever done, and I think it had a lot to do with me really having to deal with not being able to interact and just be on my own, and that was the hardest part to be able to make that work. People are used to seeing me in stuff like Sorority Boys and 7th Heaven, but this is totally different. This is actually something that I think is more up my alley than anything else I’ve done.”

TAPERT:
“Barry has an Everyman sort of quality, and he’s handsome, and that a guy like him would have a problem makes him more interesting. Having a really edgy character having a problem doesn’t seem accessible. So Barry kind of embodies the good-looking Everyman, and then encumbered him with a psychological/emotional problem that he can’t get over his irrational fear of closets and under beds – he seemed like a really good choice for that.”

WATSON:
“I don’t know what I believed in, but there are always those things that freak you out as a kid. I was too afraid to ever look under the bed. I was too afraid to ever do anything like that because I was afraid that if I did look under the bed, it would grab me. A child’s imagination is priceless.”

TAPERT:
“Everyone says that Horror is making a comeback. Horror has never really gone away. It’s been reincarnated in different forms, and perhaps in the early to mid ‘90s, it slipped off and then combined comedy with Scream, and I Know What You Did Last Summer. In the horror business, you don’t have to spend a tremendous amount of money. You have to be ingenious with what you’re doing, and you have to entertain the audience and not bore them. Without my wife or my kids I go see Saw, I go see Resident Evil. I go Sunday morning at 11 a.m. by myself. I’m still a viewer, and still enjoy the genre for better or worse.”

WATSON:
“I think people who are a little older are going to look at (the movie) and go, ‘Everyone has a Boogeyman in their life.’ Maybe not now, but maybe they did as a kid, and I’m not saying that it’s a monster, but some sort of fear that people have in their life. This movie is about somebody coming back and facing his fears for the first time in 15 years.”

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