The Boogeyman, fear eats the soul. The review of the horror based on Stephen King

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Sometimes they come back. Especially in the cinema, when it comes to a story by Stephen King. So, starting from June 1st, The Boogeyman arrives in Italian cinemas. The feature film, directed by Rob Savage (Host – Death Call) and scripted by Beck & Bryan Woods (A Quiet Place – A quiet place) and Mark Heyman (The black Swan), transfigures the eight pages written by the king of terror in 1973 and published in the adult magazine Cavalier in a domestic and psychoanalytical horror. The Babau, he’s ready to leap out the second we open the door. As if something black and greenish and wet with water moved inside the closet. But in reality, the atavistic terror of the dark conceals ancient traumas, knots that have never been untied. Darkness lurks beneath the surface of everyday life. Because fear eats the soul. The pain as well. And to quote Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche: “When you gaze into an abyss for a long time, the abyss also gazes into you”.

The Boogeymanthe plot of the movie

Sixteen-year-old Sadie (Sophie Thatcher) and her 10-year-old sister Sawyer (Vivien Lyra Blair) struggle to mourn the death of their mother, who recently passed away in tragic circumstances. Their father, Will Harper (Chris Messina), tries to reunite the family and console his daughters, but is unable to generate an authentic emotional and psychological connection with them. The man is an esteemed psychotherapist, however, his inability to share the pain of losing his wife threatens to destroy the balance of a family unit on the verge of a nervous breakdown. The situation comes to a head when a mysterious patient named Lester Billings (David Dastmalchian) shows up at the therapist’s house in a desperate attempt to free himself from the pain caused by the disappearance of his own children. In fact, man brings with him an evil presence (The Boogeyman) that lurks in the darkness and feeds on the suffering of his victims. This terrifying supernatural entity threatens the existence of Sadie and Sawyer, but Will doesn’t seem to give credence to the girls’ stories and the “bobo” risks having the upper hand.

Darkness approaches

Danger always dwells in the abode and we ourselves are our own demons. The Boogeyman plays hide-and-seek with these styles. It is known: the sun illuminates, the darkness detects. Inspired by the masterpieces of Rembrandt and Caravaggio, the film redefines the boundaries of darkness. The darkness in which the protagonists are agitated is the same that paralyzes the minds of those who are unable to process the loss. The monster is the embodiment of mourning. A nauseating parasite that feeds on death and despair. A sort of disturbing damp mold that grows excessively on the ceiling of the house and in the heart of those who are nailed to their fears. With elective affinities close to cult feature films of the caliber of In Venice… a shocking red December, Suspense, The obsessed, the film doses jump scares sparingly. Between family conflicts and episodes of bullying at school, the work, by admission of Savage himself, is inspired by Common people, the film that earned Robert Redford the Academy Award for director. Because the impossibility of returning to a life after the death of a relative, the sense of alienation, the incommunicability can be more frightening than any cinematic villain.

Sophie Thatcher challenges The Boogeyman

After the strong-willed cyborg Drash in the Lucasfilm series The Book of Boba Fett and above all thanks to the character of Natalie, the young punk rocker teenager of Yellowjackets, Sophie Thatcher has entered the empyrean of the most talented actresses of her generation. Self The Boogeyman works, even though it tells a not particularly original story, the credit goes above all to this girl born in Chicago in the 2000s. To play the role of a daughter marginalized by her classmates (school can really be a terrifying place) and with a father closed in much to her chagrin, Sophie made herself a playlist to listen to before filming. Music helps to get in touch with our deepest emotions and fear, as H. P Lovecraft knew very well, “is the oldest human emotion”. And Stephen King is the ideal Virgil to guide us in the darkness of our nightmares deeper.