31 Days of Howl-oween
A Review of Films Filled with Frights
~ Bride of Boogedy ~
Director: Oz Scott
Cast: Richard Masur, Mimi Kennedy, Tammy Lauren, David Faustino, Joshua Rudoy, Eugene Levy
Country: United States
Specs: 100 mins. / Color / OAR 1.33:1 / MPAA Rating: G
With the annual Lucy Fair approaching, Carlton Davis (Masur), owner of the recently opened Gag Gifts store in town, is named the honorary mayor of the fair, to the resentfulness of the former honorary mayor, Tom Lynch (Levy). Lynch sets out to get revenge on Carlton, for what he sees as an unfair appointment. Meanwhile, Carlton’s wife Eloise (Kennedy), is the subject of fascination by the recently resurrected Mr. Boogedy. Boogedy decides the only way to get Eloise for his bride is to possess Carlton, and it’s up to the children to save the family, avoid Lynch’s schemes, and destroy Boogedy once and for all.
Twice as long, half as fun. This sequel to the superior “Mr. Boogedy” is guilty of having nothing resembling “funny” in its entire 100 minutes. It becomes apparent only minutes into the film when the children are introduced again, this time having all but Faustino replaced by different actors. In doing so, gone entirely is the chemistry between the siblings that existed in the first film. The characters simply seem to be “acting” through the picture, including the father. This time around, gone is the zany goofball dad who had a great “hero” relationship with his boys.
This time around, the sets are bigger, the locations are plenty, and the special effects are more grandiose. Sadly, the script is twice as long as the first picture, but without more “meat”. The story simply drags, and is downright boring in spots. A simple rewrite to add more action and comedy (after all, he is “the king” of gags, and owns a gag store this time around), even if it was goofball humor, would have been welcome.
The title “Bride of Mr. Boogedy” seems to be a misnomer as well (sans the very tacked on feeling scene near the end that appears it is supposed to pay homage to “Bride of Frankenstein”).
Sadly, the most interesting character of the first film is gone this time around. The character played by John Astin, perhaps intentionally, is nowhere to be found. Instead, we get an underutilized Eugene Levy.
Boogedy Boogedy Boo-who…
My Rating: ** / D