Boogeyman Starring: Barry Watson, Emily Deschanel, Skye McCole Bartusiak, Tory Mussett, Andrew Glover Director: Stephen Kay The film: Tim Jensen (Barry Watson) is a young man who lives in fear of closets. His refrigerator has a glass door and his kitchen cabinets have none. His fears stem from a traumatic experience as a child, during which his father was abducted by a creature from his bedroom. After a death in the family, he returns to his childhood home to confront his fears once and for all. The film is largely made up of our protagonist cautiously approaching doors that are slightly ajar. To his credit, Watson (right) does this well. He plays Jensen with a blank-faced blandness throughout, rarely showing emotion, even when finally confronting the creature that's supposedly at the root of all his fear. Whether or not this should be attributed to an accurate portrayal of the character's haunted emotional state or Watson's acting skills (or lack thereof) will be left up to the viewer. As for the film, it appears director Stephen Kay has decided loud noises and inexplicably fast cuts are a suitable substitute for genuine scares. His is the latest in a slew of genre films which rely heavily on the traditional gamut of horror staples: silhouettes, atmospheric noises, and even the old haunted house on a hill in a stormy night. It's all here. What's most surprising about Boogeyman is that there haven't been more frighteners centred on the classic monster in the closet. The extras: There's an extra disc of features, comprising the making-of documentary, deleted scenes, storyboards, trailers and even some B-Roll footage. The two-part documentary is standard promotional fluff, with a lot of backslapping and mutual admiration. One part is even ironically titled 'The Evolution of the Horror Film', which this film all but achieves. The valuable 15 minutes of B-Roll footage conveys more about the filmmaking process than any documentary could hope to. It is, however, disheartening to see so much energy being spent on a production which, for starters, would have benefited greatly from a more thoughtful script. The verdict: This is one of the better horror films of late, although that's not saying much for the genre.