The Bogeyman (1980) Film Review. Directed by Ulli Lommel. Distributedby 88 films UK. Rated R US, Certificate 18 UK. Running time 88 minutes
Another film about a haunted mirror,that was strangely banned in the UK under the video nasties act,by that evil busy body of a woman Mary Whitehouse,who had a one woman crusade,and decided the UK needed censorship,and any Horror film was either so heavily cut,or banned for the home video market.
This alongside The Exorcist, Evil Dead, Driller Killer,A Texas Chainsaw Massacre and many more were out on a banned list,and many didn't see the light of day till the mid to late nighties. Sorry going off on a tangent,but I do hate censorship.
This is a simple story of a brother and sister who witness something horrible and disturbing in their childhood,and this mirror captures the image, and fear and taunts them both with it. So when the mirror is destroyed into tiny fragments,and pieces are destroyed,everything should be okay, hmmmm no not really. It becomes more powerful,and anyone who comes into contact with any piece of the mirror, dies a gruesome death.
It is not particularly any more violent than any other horror film of that decade,certainly no more than Halloween or Friday The 13th,I think it must have been the religious element at the end of the film,that had it banned. This film is not the scariest film ever, and not particularly original,but I enjoyed it when I finally got to see it on VHS in 1995 in the UK uncut finally. It has been reissued again on bluray by 88 films, so if you haven't seen it,definitely give it a go. It certainly did not deserve to be on a banned film list, then again British censorship was a bastard in the late seventies to early eighties, and any program, film that was different or violent, certain powers that be decided for the masses that it was not suitable viewing, instead of treating us like the adults we were, to make up our own minds.