The Boogeyman (1980)

35mm film, colour, 1.85:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Ulli Lommel which was added to the UK's “” list in October 1983 but dropped in July 1985. It was followed by two sequels.

Plot Summary

Two young , Lacy and Willy, are involved in the murder of the mother's abusive lover who has survived his death and has been trapped in a mirror. Twenty years later, the mirror is smashed and the man's evil spirit emerges to possess and murder in the name of revenge.


Directed by: Ulli Lommel
© Interbest American Inc. MCMLXXX [1980]
A film by Ulli Lommel
Executive Producer: Wolf Schmidt
Produced by: Ulli Lommel
Line Producer: Gillian Gordon
Associate Producer: Terrell Tannen
Written by: Ulli Lommel
Screenplay by: Ulli Lommel, Suzanna Love, David Herschel
Directors of Photography: David Sperling, Jochen Breitenstein
Film Editor: Terrell Tannen
Music Composed and Performed by: Tim Krog
Sound Engineer: Stuart Deutsch
Special Effects: Craig Harris
Art Director: Robert Morgan

Suzanna Love (Lacey)
Ron James (Jake)
John Carradine (Dr Warren)
Nicholas Love (Willy)
Llewelyn Thomas (Father Reilly)
Felicite Morgan (Helen)
Raymond Boyden (Kevin)
Jay Wright (young Willy)
Catherine Tambini (Katy)
Bill Rayburn (Ernest)
Jane Pratt (Jane)
Natasha Schiano (young Lacey)
Gillian Gordon (mother)
Howard Grant (lover)
Lucinda Ziesing (Susan)
David Swim (Timmy)
Katie Casey, Ernest Meier, Stony Richards, Claudia Porcelli

Alternative Titles

The Bogey Man – UK title
The Mirror of Horror – early title

Boogeyman II (1982)
Return of the Boogeyman (1994)



  • Video Watchdog no.44 pp.26, 35-36 – review


  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.346 – credits, review
  • Hoffman's Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movies 1991-1992 p.53 – credits, review
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.42 – credits
  • John Carradine: The Films by Tom Weaver pp.338-339 – illustrated credits, synopsis, review
  • Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Film Sequels, Series, and Remakes by Kim R. Holston and Tom Winchester p.67 – illustrated credits, review