Movie Review: CUCUY THE BOOGEYMAN
When you take the plot of a popular big-screen Horror flick, in this case DISTURBIA, and then throw in samplings from a different big-screen Horror movie, in this case KRAMPUS, and stir, then pen the most paint-by-numbers screenplay possible, you know you are probably dealing with a SyFy original! I caught CUCUY THE BOOGEYMAN by chance recently, but I’m glad I did. It’s standard SyFy fare, but it’s enjoyable all the same. The acting is competent, as are the production values, and the bulk of the film’s budget was obviously delegated to its visual FX budget, specifically to the onscreen depictions of its monster. The Cucuy, or Mexican equivalent of the ubiquitous Boogeyman, is a first cousin to Krampus, as there is an undeniable resemblance, and he looks pretty rad when you see him.
The movie diverts a bit from its formulaic flow towards the end, when the young heroine, in order to rescue Cucuy’s victims, climbs inside his magical sack. That’s a novel way for her to enter the monster’s lair, sorta like climbing into a wardrobe takes you to Narnia, except the interior of the Cucuy’s sack doesn’t look like the sort of place you’d want to visit. Or the kind of place *most* people would want to visit. Me, I’m down.
If you get a chance to see this one, it’s worth it.
WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS (www.evilcheezproductions.blogspot.com, www.facebook.com/evilcheezproductions), specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed (and occasionally acted in) over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. His first novel, THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF, is available for purchase at https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/734763
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