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31 Days of Howl-oween: Day 03 – Bride of Boogedy

31 Days of Howl-oween

A Review of Films Filled with Frights

Day 3

Film #03

~ Bride of Boogedy ~

Director:  Oz Scott
Year:  1987
Cast:  Richard Masur, Mimi Kennedy, Tammy Lauren, David Faustino, Joshua Rudoy, Eugene Levy
Language:  English
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

 
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Posted by on October 3, 2010 in Movies

 

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31 Days of Howl-oween: Day 02

31 Days of Howl-oween

A Review of Films Filled with Frights

Day 02

Film #02

~ Mr. Boogedy ~

Director:  Oz Scott
Year:  1986
Cast:  Richard Masur, Mimi Kennedy, David Faustino, Kristy Swanson, John Astin, Benjamin Gregory
Language:  English
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-

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Posted by on October 2, 2010 in Movies

 

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