31 Days of Howl-oween
A Review of Films Filled with Frights
~ Mr. Boogedy ~
Director: Oz Scott
Cast: Richard Masur, Mimi Kennedy, David Faustino, Kristy Swanson, John Astin, Benjamin Gregory
Country: United States
Specs: 44 mins. / Color / OAR 1.33:1 / MPAA Rating: G
Carlton and Eloise Davis (Masur and Kennedy), a gag gifts salesman, purchase a new home in a small New England town. Upon arrival, they, along with their three children (Faustino, Swanson, Gregory), learn that the house has a history of being haunted by Mr. Boogedy, the ghost of a colonial settler. While Carlton and Eloise focus on testing their recent gags, the children encounter the haunting of Boogedy, and try to warn their parents they must move. However, the parents refuse to believe, and it may cost them their very lives, unless the children can convince them in time.
“Boogedy Boogedy Boo!” I remember the first time that I saw this film. It was a cool spring night in April 1987, and my family was gathered around the 27” Zenith television to watch the latest episode of “The Disney Sunday Movie”, hosted by Michael Eisner. When the opening titles of the film began that night, my brother and I were transfixed to the “big” screen in our living room.
By the time the credits rolled, my brother had declared Mr. Boogedy his favorite film of all time. Thankfully, we had recorded the show that night on our top loading VHS recorder, because we made a ritual of watching Mr. Boogedy, complete with the Jiffy Pop popcorn sold at the nearest A&P Grocery.
Fast forward to 2010, and yet again I revisit this film from my childhood. The film is a silly film, with a very basic plot that doesn’t meander at all (it doesn’t have time. It’s actually a very short film!). The acting, surprisingly, is quite enjoyable to watch. Particularly the very believable relationship amongst the two younger brothers with their father, and they with their sister.
The film certainly is a b-level camp fest. Not much in the way of special effects, zero violence or true scare factors, and loads of hammy gags. However, it is a fun romp, particularly the very talented John Astin in his cameo. Makes me miss the family Shop-Vac, to be sure.
My Rating: **** / B-