Review Date: August 27, 2001
Released by: FlixMix
Release date: 10/2/2001
Region 1, NTSC
Mixed aspect ratios | 16x9: Yes
Boogeymen is a DVD full of supplements. Everything on it is a supplement, actually. There is no movie, but rather some of the best clips from various horror movies containing the famous "boogeymen" (and boogeywomen) of horror movie history. The following boogeymen are featured: Pinhead from Hellraiser, Freddy Krueger from A Nightmare on Elm Street, Wishmaster from Wishmaster, Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Ghostface from Scream, Leprechaun from Leprechaun, Chucky from Child's Play 2, Candyman from Candyman, Simon from The Ugly, Fisherman from I Know What You Did Last Summer, Camilla from The Guardian, The Dentist from The Dentist, The Tall Man from Phantasm, Blade from The Puppet Master, Norman Bates from Psycho, Jason Voorhees from Jason Goes to Hell, Michael Myers from Halloween.
Each character is introduced with a brief detail of their history, then clips from the particular movie that boogeyman is from are played for a few minutes. Obviously the clips shown feature some of the better scenes with the boogeyman being featured. Certainly all of the major boogeymen are covered here - Jason, Michael, Freddy, Leatherface, Pinhead. Some of the not so famous ones are covered as well.
Boogeymen is an interesting idea, and I ended up liking this sort of compilation of Boogeymen clips. Every horror fan loves at least a few of the classic boogeymen (Michael Myers all the way, baby!), and it's nice to see a compilation of clips like this, especially since it includes clips from a few movies that have yet to hit DVD! The actual running length, at least for the compilation of clips, is 1 hour (this is not including the extras). The initial problem I had with this Boogeymen compilation is that you're only going to want to watch these clips so many times before getting bored with the DVD. This is where the extras come in! Fortunately, there are some great extras to this compilation that really add a lot to both the value of the DVD and the replay factor (more on all of the extras in the supplement section).
A compilation like this is impossible to critique for video quality. There are various aspect ratios used in the clips - some widescreen, some full frame, and some pan and scan. None are 16x9 enhanced. I'm assuming they showed widescreen whenever possible, since some of the clips are indeed widescreen, but it still hurts to see movies like Phantasm and Halloween shown in pan and scan, even if it is just for a compilation like this. The quality of the clips vary. Some look terrific and are shown in the proper aspect ratio, and some look like the clips were taken from a VHS master (the Halloween clips don't look so good). Overall the quality is decent, however, and overall it's definitely better than the dreaded VHS format. I'm going to rate the image quality a C, simply because I found the clips satisfactory overall.
The sound is in Dolby Digital 5.1. I'm not really sure why a 5.1 track was needed for a compilation, especially since the majority of scenes have no added benefit from a 5.1 track (i.e. minimal to no surround or LFE activity). Some of the opening sequences for the compilation make use of surrounds, but otherwise I think a stereo track would have been just fine. A Dolby Surround track is also included, as well as French and Spanish subtitles. The DVD is captioned for the hearing impaired.
Here is what really makes this DVD work - the extras. An audio commentary by Robert Englund ("Freddy Krueger") is included on the DVD. He talks consistently during the compilation and gives out a lot of interesting facts and information on each movie and boogeyman. Of course, when Jason's turn roles around he has to throw a few shots at him and make mention of the always upcoming Freddy vs Jason movie (Robert thinks Freddy would win ... big surprise, huh?). Robert definitely knows his stuff in regards to horror movies, and appears to be a true fan of the genre. I'm sure he had a lot of prep work done for him on this compilation, but his comments and attitude towards the horror genre came across as genuine. It's an enjoyable track that really adds to the enjoyment and value of this compilation.
Another great feature is the optional FlixFacts Animated Trivia, which are fun movie facts and production notes that appear throughout each scene. Some of these facts are just repeats of what Robert Englund states; what's nice is you have the option to listen to the track and display the flixfacts, or just do one or the other.
Next is a section called "Legends of the Boogeymen." In this section eleven of the boogeymen are displayed; you can click on each one to get detailed information on the particular boogeyman and their legend. Also included on the DVD is a "Name that Frame" game, which is sort of a slot machine where you have to guess which movie the frame being displayed is from.
Twelve trailers are included to various movies starring the featured boogeymen. Finally, there are some DVD-ROM features such as interactive games, downloadable sound effects, and various Internet links. These supplements are all enjoyable, and as I mentioned earlier they definitely enhance both the value and enjoyment of this DVD. Personally, when I watch this compilation in the future, I'll most definitely be turning both the Robert Englund commentary and FlixFacts on. I love learning interesting tidbits on these classic horror movies.
This is a great compilation DVD, thanks to the inclusion of great and informative extras. You can really learn a lot of information on each movie just by turning on the FlixFacts and Robert Englund commentary. I can see this being popular at Halloween parties too; it would be great to sit around with a bunch of friends, watch this, and discuss each of the boogeymen. If there's one downfall it's that it's a bit too short, but that's really a minor complaint since you can easily spend an equal amount of time going through the extras. I had a lot of fun going through this DVD, and I recommend it as an addition to every horror fan's library. At a price of $19.98, you can't really go wrong with the Boogeymen DVD. Now, lets just hope they do other DVDs like this for werewolf, vampire, and zombie movies!
Compilation - B+
Image Quality - C
Sound - B
Supplements - B+
- Running time - 1 hour
- Rated R
- 1 Disc
- Dolby Digital 5.1
- Dolby Surround
- French/Spanish subtitles
- Closed Captioned
- Robert Englund ("Freddy Krueger") Audio Commentary
- FlixFacts Animated Trivia
- Legends of the Boogeymen
- "Name that Frame" Game
- Theatrical trailers
- DVD-ROM features