THE BO­GEY­MAN

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1980 | 18 | Blu- ray Ger­man direc­tor Ulli Lom­mel was a regular col­lab­o­ra­tor with Rainer Werner Fass­binder. Banned as a video nasty for a few years, his 1980 hor­ror is now mak­ing its UK Blu- ray de­but. Twenty years on from stabbing his mum’s bul­ly­ing boyfriend to death, a guy and his sis­ter are ter­rorised by a venge­ful spirit con­tained within a mir­ror which “wit­nessed” the killing. The su­per­nat­u­ral back­story makes this an in­ter­est­ingly atyp­i­cal slasher ( though Hal­loween was clearly an in­flu­ence, so were The Ex­or­cist and The Ami­tyville Hor­ror), plus there are some ef­fec­tively creepy ideas ( once the mir­ror’s bro­ken, shards of it in­duce peo­ple to sui­cide) and pleas­ingly grue­some deaths.

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