Boogeyman 2 Jeff Betancourt

Sometimes the only "horror” involved with a horror film is that someone unleashes a cinematic equivalent of the Edsel on the world. Following its predecessor solely in name — the quickest way to capitalise on box office receipts — Boogeyman 2 has little in common with its namesake other than the notion that the monster we feared hiding in our closet as a child is real. Yet where the original Boogeyman left that demon as an otherworldly force able to scare the wits out of anyone within reach of storage space, this instalment finds our heroine Laura (Danielle Savre) dealing with a flesh-and-blood tormentor. Seeing her parents murdered as a child, Laura develops a fear of the Boogeyman, whom she presumes to be their killer. A decade later, she is still tortured by this phobia and eventually resorts to joining a hospital program in hopes of overcoming this pain. Unfortunately, the 18 year-old is not alone. She must deal with a sadistic doctor (Saw’s "game player” Tobin Bell), other patients crippled by various fears and, of course, the Boogeyman, who knows exactly where she is. One by one, the youth are plucked off until Laura finally confronts him. Unfortunately, while Boogeyman 2 features some truly stellar visual effects during the murder sequences, these mean nothing when they are ruined by a shoddy plot that pilfers gratuitously from the likes of A Nightmare On Elm Street Three (teenagers in a psychiatric institute) and the Scream franchise (a masked Grim Reaper-ish killer offing sufferers without rhyme or reason). By film’s end, we realise that the true victim is the viewer. We’re not even rooting for the creep; we’re pining for the credits to finish off this lemon, which is more predictable than a Curious George novel. Sitting through extras such as director and actor commentaries and an effects "making of” featurette only elongate the anguish. (Sony)