The boogeyman superstition has made its way on screen numerous times: The clown-like specter with a giant head and hooves that terrorized a young Egon Spengler on The Real Ghostbusters, a more humanoid creature that also stalks the closets of children in 2005’s The Boogeyman…even Disney and the WWE have had their own disparate takes on the character. Now, director Ulli Lommel is bringing his original boogeyman back to scare another generation of kids with Boogeyman Reincarnation.

Lommel can probably be credited with first bringing the legend to the sliver screen with his 1980 film, The Boogeyman. Although it was panned by critics during its limited theatrical run, the VHS mainstay spawned two sequels in 1983 and 1984 that were padded with flashbacks to the original film. This new outing seeks to reboot the Boogeyman franchise, following the same concept of a mirror possessed by a murderous being that quite possibly has a nylon fetish:

“Son, you got a panty on your head.”


The Boogeyman Reincarnation trailer features more voiceover than audiences have heard in years during the coming attractions at their local theater. In that voiceover, Lommel attempts to sell the Boogeyman as a rival to the superheroes of the DC and Marvel Cinematic Universes, as well as recapture some of the tone of his original film with some ominous green lighting. The film also features Human Centipede’s Laurence R. Harvey and “American horror queen” Tristan Risk, recently seen in The Editor. Optimistically, the preview announces that Boogeyman Reincarnation will be coming to “theaters everywhere.”

There is no release date set as of yet; hopefully, Lommell is holding out for Washington D.C. power-pop outfit 4 Out Of 5 Doctors to reunite for the soundtrack.

[ h/t The Blood Shed]