Taking inspiration from The Babadook, The Boogeyman strives to delve into deeper themes but lacks originality. The narrative centers around a grieving family dealing with the sudden loss of their matriarch. High schooler Sadie Harper, her younger sister Sawyer, and their therapist father Will must navigate their grief while facing a supernatural entity that preys on their suffering. While the film successfully creates an eerie atmosphere and tense moments through sound design and camerawork, it ultimately fails to bring anything fresh or innovative to the table. The story follows predictable beats, leaving little room for genuine suspense or intrigue. Despite this, the actors’ performances, particularly the chemistry between Sadie and Sawyer, offer some redeeming qualities. However, the character development falls short, with Will’s internal struggle and grief underexplored, and his limited presence in the film dilutes the impact of his ultimate arc. In the end, The Boogeyman is a mediocre horror film that fails to make a lasting impression, lacking originality and failing to introduce new elements to the genre, rendering it easily forgettable. Visit afdah 2 for more!