Cucuy: The Boogeyman (2018)
Directed, Written, Produced by Peter Sullivan
Starring: Marisol Nichols, Brian Krause, Jearnest Corchado, Bella Stine, Pedro Correa, Mick Ignis
This is a film that premieres on SyFy, Saturday, October 13, 7pm ET/PT and 6pm CT. I had the opportunity to watch it prior to the premiere and I have to say, I thought it was a great film.
Here's the trailer:
The story of The Cucuy is a folk legend in Hispanic history. As the story goes, unruly and misbehaved children, those that don’t listen to their parents and do what they are told are reminded of the Cucuy, a shapeshifting monster/spirit that comes in the night and kidnaps the bad children and takes them to his cave. There, he keeps them until he’s ready to eat them, their REAL punishment for being bad little children.
This is a story parents tell their kids, just like campfire stories of the Boogeyman, in order to scare them into being good and obeying. (Seems a little extreme to me, I mean, if you don’t brush your teeth a monster is going to kidnap you and eat you. I guess that’s one way to scare them into submission. Of course, taking away their phone or games or computer might be just as effective but, not near as terrifying.)
Nevertheless, the story of the Cucuy is the entire basis for this fast paced thriller. A young and rebellious teen gets in trouble with the law after defending her hearing impaired sister and is sentenced to house arrest, complete with the very fashionable and highly desired ankle bracelet monitor. With this on she basically can’t go past her property line (give or take a bit) without the monitor sounding a three-minute warning for her to return to her home.
Being on house arrest is absolutely no fun. There’s no friends, no excitement, no anything. That is until she starts spying on her neighbors with her telescope. She’s become particularly interested in her male schoolmate that lives across from her and also a new neighbor that has just moved into the area.
At the same time this is all going on, there are children going missing in the neighborhood at an alarming rate. A rate so high it’s completely out of the normal statistics for the area and time of year.
From that point it’s all about figuring out who is responsible for the children disappearing. Is it the mysterious new neighbor? Is it a crazed serial killer running rampant around the town? Is it the REAL Cucuy coming to teach little kids to behave?
Watch SyFy on October 13 at 7pm ET/PT and 6pm CT to find out for yourself. You won’t want to miss this movie. It is intense, fast paced and very well done. If you pay attention, you may even see a few small things that could be considered an homage to previous horror films. There are some excellent scare moments with suspense providing a constant thrill.
In a new and updated way, this film still follows the formula of the traditional horror movie that we all know and love. Teenagers…check. Teenagers acting stupid…check. Female lead and hero…check. Horrible stalking killer that doesn’t kill adults…check.
I highly recommend this film for all of you horror lovers. It was truly a pleasure to watch.
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