When I was 10 years old I had a case of the chicken pox. To keep me occupied and not scratching, my mother bought me Stephen King’s Night Shift, a collection of short stories. I’d already read other books by King, so there was nothing terribly unusual about the purchase.
However, reading Night Shift not only kept me busy, it kept me awake at night, thanks to one story in particular – “The Boogeyman.” A terrifying tale of the monster that lives in children’s closets, this tale scared the ever-loving shit out of me, leaving me unable for DECADES to sleep with an open closet. Look, truth be told, it’s only been in the last couple years that I can fall asleep without closing a closet or worrying about what may be crawling inside of one.
Rob Savage, who directed DASHCAM, the scariest film I saw in 2021 via TIFF, is now behind an adaptation of King’s The Boogeyman, which comes to theatres June 2nd. Yes, I’ll be there to see it, and yes, I expect it to frighten me severely and possibly undo the personal growth I’ve achieved these last few years.
Check out the trailer for The Boogeyman below.