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The Boogens (1981)

Otherworldly creatures are released from the bootleg tunnels underneath a small-town mining community, and begin chomping on the locals.

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James L. Conway

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Thomas C. Chapman (story by) (as Tom Chapman), David O'Malley (story by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Rebecca Balding ... Trish Michaels
Fred McCarren ... Mark Kinner
Anne-Marie Martin ... Jessica Ford
Jeff Harlan ... Roger Lowrie
John Crawford ... Brian Deering
Med Flory ... Dan Ostroff
Jon Lormer ... Blanchard
Peggy Stewart ... Victoria Tusker (as Peg Stewart)
Scott Wilkinson Scott Wilkinson ... Deputy Greenwalt
Marcia Dangerfield ... Martha Chapman (as Marcia Reider)
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Storyline

The "Boogens" are scaly monsters that look somewhat like giant turtles with lots of sharp, nasty teeth. They are released from an abandoned, boarded-up silver mine in Colorado and proceed to do away with character after character Written by <jlshan@ix.netcom.com>

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Afraid of not knowing... Afraid to find out... After a 100 years someone has reawakened "The Boogens" See more »


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R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Engendros macabros See more »

Filming Locations:

Park City, Utah, USA See more »

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Budget:

$600,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Some believe that "The Boogens" is an actual term once used by miners to describe the fear some would experience while spending too much time in deep mines. In fact, it was a word fabricated by screenwriter David O'Malley, using the word "boogeyman" as it's root. See more »

Goofs

When the police officer is asking about the missing woman, Roger is shown buttoning up his shirt twice in two different shots during the scene. See more »

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Referenced in Scream (1996) See more »

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She'll Be Coming 'Round the Mountain
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Surprising decent atmosphere, characters and story !
6 March 2010 | by vamplad79See all my reviews

Being in Australia The Boogens was not really a movie that i had seen or heard of before researching horror films from the 80's. For Americans i think this was a TV movie that impacted most kids that saw it at the time and hence leaves fonds memories of being scared.

I knew what i was getting into when i went into this - a very early 80's film with dud monster effects. What i was surprised at was for a slow burning movie i actually became quite immersed. First of there was a layer of suspense that was quite well executed and the characters themselves seemed very 'normal' compared to the models that litter our movies these days. The story, though basic, was creepy and i have to say i fell in love with Tiger the dog who really does in many ways steal the the entire movie away from the cast.

The only real kick to the teeth here is what others have commented in relation to the monsters themselves. With a lot of POV shots, tentacles and a water scene that was quite well shot the monster for the large part is not shown on screen and for good reason. I know this was a low budget TV production but movies such as The Deadly Spawn, which was incredibly low budget, did a much better job with there creatures. As another poster commented the creature looks like a hybrid of a sea turtle and octopus and strangely has the most cute fake dow like eyes hahaha. Simple fact is it looks like a rubber toy and when shown on screen it doesn't really do anything but sit there.

As most would know if you make a monster movie and have a huge set up with it and it looks fake it can ruin the whole experience of what came before it and The Boogens nearly does this.

I appreciate the budget restraints and for the most past the director did an excellent job of working around it but this will be only a one time watch for me and soon to be long forgotten


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