by Ivana Redwine
Tagline: "The Ultimate Horror Experience with the most terrifying scenes in the history of horror, trivia, games and more."
Length: 58 minutes (plus over two hours of added content on the DVD)
The Boogeymen DVD contains a collection of sequences from seventeen different horror movies featuring boogeymen such as Freddy Krueger in A Nightmare on Elm Street, Leatherface in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Michael Myers in Halloween, Jason Voorhees in Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday, and Pinhead in Hellraiser. There's also one boogeywoman, namely Camilla in The Guardian, and there's what might be called a "boogeydoll," which is of course Chucky from the Child's Play series. You can watch the whole collection of sequences in 58 minutes, or you can select a particular movie and watch sequences from it, which will typically take three or four minutes. This DVD is fun to watch in groups because it sparks lively conversation, and it's particularly suitable for Halloween parties.
The Legends special feature gives us fascinating character bios. For example, Freddy Krueger was conceived as the result of his mother's multiple rapes in an Ohio mental institution -- hence, the claim that he is the bastard son of 100 maniacs. Leatherface is a member of the Sawyer family, which sells barbecued human flesh at roadside stands in Texas. Pinhead was once a British army captain, but he was transformed into a demon guardian of Hell when he discovered a mysterious puzzle box in India.
An entertaining special feature is the FlixFacts option, which when turned on will cause trivia to be displayed at the bottom of the screen. For example, we learn that the original title of Hellraiser was Sadomasochists from Beyond the Grave. We're also told that Chucky is a nickname for Charles Lee Ray, whose name is a composite of three infamous real-life killers: Charles Manson, Lee Harvey Oswald, and James Earl Ray. We also learn that writer-director Wes Craven claims to have based Freddy Krueger on a disfigured hobo and named the character after a kid who bullied him at school.
The DVD also offers an amusing and informative audio commentary by Robert Englund, who is best known as the actor who plays Freddy Krueger. Englund points out that boogeymen films have certain recurring motifs, such as nubile young women being pursued by demonic killers and characters cutting off fingers, usually resulting in some yucky fluid being exuded. Also, he's enormously knowledgeable about the history of the horror genre, particularly its renaissance in the 1970s.
Other than the movies already mentioned above, the Boogeymen DVD also contains sequences featuring Norman Bates in Psycho, Ghostface in Scream, the title character in The Wishmaster, The Fisherman in I Know What You Did Last Summer, the title character in The Leprechaun, Simon Cartwright in The Ugly, the title character in Candyman, The Tall Man in Phantasm, the title character in The Dentist, and Blade in Puppet Master.