Stephen King’s The Boogeyman: Release Date, Plot & Cast Details – The 1978 short story of the same name by Stephen King was the inspiration for the horror movie “The Boogeyman.” When it comes to their big-screen adaptations, King’s works have a solid track record of success; some of the more noteworthy ones are Carrie, The Shining, Misery, The Shawshank Redemption, and It. The Boogeyman has the potential to succeed even if it may not be as widely known as the others.
The screenplay will be written by Scott Beck, Bryan Woods, Akela Cooper, and Mark Heyman, and Rob Savage will direct. Production will be handled by Shawn Levy, Dan Cohen, and Dan Levine, and Hulu will handle distribution. Let’s examine all the additional information we have on The Boogeyman.
The Boogeyman: What’s the Story About?
With a title like that, it seems self-explanatory, but any fan of Stephen King knows better than to anticipate a straightforward “face-value” title and storyline correlation. For better background, let’s start with the original narrative.
The narrative centres on Lester Billings, a father who believes that “The Boogeyman” is terrorising him by murdering all three of his children. Lester is now visiting a psychiatrist for this delusion.
Similar enigmatic circumstances accompanied each of their deaths. The dad claims to his psychiatrist, Dr. Harper, that on the several evenings when his children died, they had all called out “Boogeyman” as they were being put to sleep. Although he claims they were closed when their bodies were discovered, the closet doors were always open. He thinks The Boogeyman was the real cause of their deaths, despite the fact that their official causes of death were listed as “crib death” and “convulsion.”
Lester and his wife go to a different, far-off town following the deaths of their first two children. When his wife unexpectedly becomes pregnant, the two take additional care to safeguard their unborn son, Andy. But she is summoned away to care for a sick relative, leaving the dad with his little child by himself. He senses The Boogeyman’s presence growing bolder and more violent without her, and he begins to fear for his life. For the first time since his birth, he puts Andy in a separate bedroom since he knows the thing will pursue him.
He goes to investigate after hearing a noise and finds The Boogeyman abusing his son. He then runs away. Lester knows more than the cops, who believe Andy fractured his neck while trying to crawl out of his crib. Dr. Harper proposes that he make an appointment for later as he departs. Shortly after, Lester comes to the doctor’s office with a query and discovers The Boogeyman there, donning his “Dr. Harper” disguise.
That is the main idea of the Stephen King short story’s original version, although there appear to be some significant variations in the film adaptation’s plot. The adaptation’s point of view appears to be that of the children. A teenage girl and her younger sister struggle to persuade their heartbroken father to act after their mother’s untimely and terrible death because they think their home has been overtaken by an evil spirit.
This impoverished family is being tormented by the boogeyman, who is preying on their anguish and dread and may even be to blame for the mother’s demise.
The Cast of “The Boogeyman”
Chris Messina and Sophie Thatcher will play the lead roles in The Boogeyman cast. Thatcher is well-known for her parts in Yellowjackets and The Book of Boba Fett, while Messina most recently made an appearance in Starz’s Gaslit. Given that they were cast first and we know the general ages of the major characters, it is possible that Messina is playing the father and Thatcher one of the children even if we do not yet know what roles they will be playing.
David Dastmalchian will be present in addition to Messina and Thatcher. He is well recognised for his supporting parts in the MCU, DCU, and The CW’s Arrowverse, three superhero series. Both The Umbrella Academy’s Marin Ireland and Vivian Lyra Blair, who played a young Leia Organa in the Disney+ series Obi-Wan Kenobi, are expected to make an appearance. Madison Hu, an actress best known for her work on the Disney Channel comedy Bizaardvark, which is perhaps more well-known now for having helped launch the careers of Jake Paul and Olivia Rodrigo, completes the cast.
Although we are aware that these celebrities will participate in the movie, we don’t yet know anything about their possible roles. As filming progresses, we may anticipate learning more about the cast as well as confirmation of existing positions.
The Boogeyman Release Date
There is currently no confirmed release date for The Boogeyman; it is simply anticipated to make its Hulu premiere sometime in 2023. Since Stephen King’s works naturally evoke Halloween, the streamer could do well to promote this version as the upcoming Halloween horror movie. Filming will start in New Orleans in February 2022, and if Hulu decides to air the show in October 2023, post-production will be finished in time. We’ll have to wait and see how they plan to promote the upcoming King feature.
The Boogeyman Trailer
However, with a vague 2023 release date, it might be some time before we see any images or teasers. As of right now, it’s unknown whether production has ended since the beginning of February of this year. We could learn more as soon as January 2023 because Hulu typically releases promotional materials for its original movies a few months in advance.