The Boogens (1981 film)

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The Boogens (1981 film)...


"There is no escape! After a hundred years they have reawakened. Some things shouldn't be disturbed...." Otherworldly creatures invade the bootleg tunnels underneath a small town mining community, and they kill any of the townsfolk who invade their home.


  • Release Date: 1981
  • Country/Language: US, English
  • Genres/Technical: Horror
  • Setting: Modern Utah, USA
  • Runtime: 1 hr 35 min
  • Starring: Rebecca Balding, Fred McCarren, Anne-Marie Martin, Joan Crawford
  • Director: James L. Conway
  • Writer: Thomas C. Chapman and David O'Malley (story), Jim Kouf (as Bob Hunt) and David O'Malley (screenplay)
  • Producer/Production Co: Taft International Pictures
  • IMDB: (link)
  • View Trailer: (link), (link) (link)


MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: R (Violence, Profanity, Nudity, Adult Content, Sexual Situations)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • S____ (One Tentacle: Debateably Lovecraftian; has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work)

Not very "Lovecraftian", except for the bizarre little race of tentacle-monster-things living in the caverns under a haunted house.

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.


Review Links:

  • Review at (Shado's B-Movie Graveyard) - "...The film tips the scales in favor of being more good than bad. I find it easily watchable and somewhat creepy in spots. I would have really like to have seen more of the monsters, with more encounters between them and humans, but what we got is good enough for me to enjoy it...."
  • Review by Scott Ashlin at (1000 Misspent Hours and Counting) - (3/5 Stars) "...To its great credit, The Boogens managed to satisfy a good proportion of my surely inflated expectations. There are enough glimmers of craft and quality to make up for the often uninspired treatment of the basic plot, and just enough unpredictability to keep me invested in the story. And the monsters themselves proved to be just as cool as I remembered them being...."
  • Review by (Brett Gallman at Oh, The Horror!) - "...A charming little homespun monster movie, it’s a far cry from many of its gooey, splattery contemporaries, and it’s armed with a solid cast that makes the it personable in the absence of an abundance of on-screen carnage. All told, a pretty good flick was mined from the old monster movie standard...."
  • Review by (Erich Kuersten at Acidemic Journal of Film and Media) - (3 Stars) - Last of a set of three reviews.
  • Review by Unkle Lancifer and Amanda Reyes at (Kindertrauma) - "...An exercise in economical horror filmmaking. They’ve got a great location, awesome characters and good set-pieces, but, I have to admit, the monster effects leave a little to be desired...."
  • Review by Mitch Lovell at (The Video Vacuum) - (1 Star) "...On the plus side, some chick shows off her T&A. The gore is sparse but at least there is SOME gore. That's about all I can say good about this though...."
  • Review by Marty McKee at (Johnny LaRue's Crane Shot) - "...Slow-burn homage to old-fashioned monster movies of the 1950s lets it stand out from the more violent slasher films that filled screens in 1981...."
  • Review by Richard Schieb at (The Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review) - (2/5 Stars) "...It must be said the most spirited performance of the show actually comes from the dog...."
  • Review by Denis Schwartz at (Ozus' World Movie Reviews) - (C+) "...At best, it's a so-so horror pic...."
  • Review by Brandon Tenold at (Brandon's Cult Movie Reviews (YouTube))


 Spoiler Section (Highlight to Read)

Razor-sharp tentacles wrap around legs after two guys and their girlfriends move into a cabin near an abandoned silver mine.


Comments, Trivia, Dedication

  • The word "boogens" is meant to be a contraction of "boogie men".

Associated Mythos Elements

Keeper Notes

  • The premise of this film might make a neat little one-shot Call of Cthulhu scenario, given a little adaptation for researching the history of the house and the "boogens" creatures.