The Boogens (1982)

R | 99 mins | Horror | 22 January 1982

Director:

James L. Conway

Cinematographer:

Paul Hipp

Editor:

Michael Spence

Production Designer:

Paul Staheli

Production Companies:

Paramount Pictures , Taft International Pictures
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HISTORY

A poster in the 15 Oct 1980 Var announced the project’s pre-production under Taft International Pictures. According to end credits and the 1981 production notes in AMPAS library files, filming took place entirely on location in Park City, UT. In Jun 1981, Box announced the purchase of Taft International’s distribution operation by Jensen Farley Pictures, a deal that included rights for The Boogens. On 23 Oct 1981, HR reported that Jensen Farley had released the picture on fourteen screens in Houston, TX, and twenty-eight screens in Philadelphia, PA. These limited openings garnered $738,284 at the box office before the film expanded to a New York City opening on 15 Jan 1982 and Los Angeles, CA, on 22 Jan 1982, receiving generally negative ... More Less

A poster in the 15 Oct 1980 Var announced the project’s pre-production under Taft International Pictures. According to end credits and the 1981 production notes in AMPAS library files, filming took place entirely on location in Park City, UT. In Jun 1981, Box announced the purchase of Taft International’s distribution operation by Jensen Farley Pictures, a deal that included rights for The Boogens. On 23 Oct 1981, HR reported that Jensen Farley had released the picture on fourteen screens in Houston, TX, and twenty-eight screens in Philadelphia, PA. These limited openings garnered $738,284 at the box office before the film expanded to a New York City opening on 15 Jan 1982 and Los Angeles, CA, on 22 Jan 1982, receiving generally negative reviews. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
Jun 1981.
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Hollywood Reporter
23 Oct 1981.
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Hollywood Reporter
3 Feb 1982
p. 10.
Los Angeles Times
27 Jan 1982
Section VI, p. 6.
New York Times
16 Jan 1982
p. 12.
Variety
15 Oct 1980.
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Variety
27 Jan 1982
p. 16.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Assoc prod
Asst prod
WRITERS
Scr
Story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
Asst cam
Gaffer
Key grip
Best boy
ART DIRECTOR
Prod des
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Asst film ed
Apprentice film ed
Apprentice film ed
Apprentice film ed
SET DECORATORS
Prop master
Set dir
Set dresser
Const supv
Carpenter
Carpenter
COSTUMES
Ward des
Ward mistress
MUSIC
Mus comp and cond
Mus supv
SOUND
Sd eff ed
Sd supv
ADR ed
Sd transfer eng
Sd mixer
Boom man
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
Spec eff
Boogen des & made by
Boogen des & made by
Titles & opticals
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
Hairdresser
PRODUCTION MISC
Dir of bus affairs
Post prod supv
Mgr bus affairs
Bus coord
Post prod coord
Prod secy
Scr supv
Safety and security mgr
Transportation capt
Extra coord
Shop mistress
Laundress
Mechanic
Foam tech
Animal trainer
Utility driver
Runner
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Utility stunt
Utility stunt
Utility stunt
Utility stunt
Utility stunt
Utility stunt
Utility stunt
Utility stunt
COLOR PERSONNEL
DETAILS
Release Date:
22 January 1982
Premiere Information:
Houston and Philadelphia opening: October 1981
New York opening: 15 January 1982
Los Angeles opening: 22 January 1982
Copyright Claimant:
Taft International Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
22 June 1981
Copyright Number:
PA107893
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Duration(in mins):
99
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

A series of photographs and newspaper headlines depict the silver strike in the mining town of Silver City, Colorado, in 1888. By 1912, multiple mines had collapsed and twenty-seven miners were trapped inside a cave, forcing the mine to shut down for what was remembered as the “Black Friday Disaster.” Many decades later, two miner friends, Roger Lowrie and Mark Kinner, assist their supervisors, Brian Deering and Dan Ostroff, in reopening the mine to inspect the support structure inside. They knock on the beams to determine their stability and wire lights. The crew uses an explosive to blow up the inside of the mine while an elderly man watches disapprovingly from a nearby hill. Roger eagerly anticipates the arrival of his girl friend, Jessica Ford, and shares his plan to set Mark up with Jessica’s school friend, Trish Michaels, who will be staying with them while Roger and Jessica move into a rented house near the mine. That night, Martha Chapman, the owner of the house, swerves off the road to avoid hitting a deer. She is forced to leave her snowbanked car behind and continue her journey on foot. She enters her empty, snow-covered cabin and telephones a friend, stating her plans to stay the night before the new tenants move in the next day. The old man from the hilltop approaches the property and watches her through the window. After Martha lights the basement furnace, an unseen creature follows her up the stairs, grabs her by the ankles, and drags her into the darkness. The next morning, police Deputy Greenwalt tows Martha's abandoned car. Brian, Roger, Mark, and Dan explore the damaged mining tunnels and begin clearing ... +


A series of photographs and newspaper headlines depict the silver strike in the mining town of Silver City, Colorado, in 1888. By 1912, multiple mines had collapsed and twenty-seven miners were trapped inside a cave, forcing the mine to shut down for what was remembered as the “Black Friday Disaster.” Many decades later, two miner friends, Roger Lowrie and Mark Kinner, assist their supervisors, Brian Deering and Dan Ostroff, in reopening the mine to inspect the support structure inside. They knock on the beams to determine their stability and wire lights. The crew uses an explosive to blow up the inside of the mine while an elderly man watches disapprovingly from a nearby hill. Roger eagerly anticipates the arrival of his girl friend, Jessica Ford, and shares his plan to set Mark up with Jessica’s school friend, Trish Michaels, who will be staying with them while Roger and Jessica move into a rented house near the mine. That night, Martha Chapman, the owner of the house, swerves off the road to avoid hitting a deer. She is forced to leave her snowbanked car behind and continue her journey on foot. She enters her empty, snow-covered cabin and telephones a friend, stating her plans to stay the night before the new tenants move in the next day. The old man from the hilltop approaches the property and watches her through the window. After Martha lights the basement furnace, an unseen creature follows her up the stairs, grabs her by the ankles, and drags her into the darkness. The next morning, police Deputy Greenwalt tows Martha's abandoned car. Brian, Roger, Mark, and Dan explore the damaged mining tunnels and begin clearing the rubble. Meanwhile, Jessica, Trish, and Jessica’s energetic dog, Tiger, drive through Silver City toward the house. The mining team uncovers a cave containing a large pile of human bones and a spring pool, but none of them notice the creature just below the surface of the water. At the house, Trish descends to the basement to light the furnace after discovering there is no hot water for her bath. She becomes anxious by the creaking noises around her, but is relieved when Tiger jumps out from the dark. At the end of the workday, Brian instructs Roger to drive to Denver at three o’clock the next morning to pick up a map of the mine. Roger is annoyed that the assignment will interrupt his time with Jessica, but the two men meet the women at the cabin for the evening. Roger and Jessica make love while Trish and Mark drink beer in the kitchen and discuss Trish’s job as a journalist for The Denver Post. Deputy Greenwalt stops by the house to inquire after the missing Martha Chapman. Later that night, Brian leaves his trailer at the mining site and the old man sneaks inside. While the four friends go out to dinner, the unseen creature emerges from the cellar and chases Tiger around the house. The group meets Brian at the local bar so Roger can pick up the keys to the truck he is meant to drive to Denver. While his friends play pool, Roger goes home to sleep and finds garbage and clothing strewn about the house. He blames the mess on Tiger, but the dog is nowhere to be found. At the bar, Mark and Trish flirt and decide to head home, leaving Jessica to continue her pool game against Brian. Before Mark and Trish return, Roger suddenly wakes when his rickety bed falls apart. While looking for Tiger in the garage, a thrashing, tentacle-like arm slices Roger’s neck and pulls him under the truck. Assuming Roger has already left for Denver, Trish and Mark make love on the floor in front of the fireplace and are startled when Tiger runs into the room. The next morning, Jessica finds Tiger trembling in a corner of the house. At the mining site, Brian and Deputy Greenwalt inspect the cave entrance, which is obstructed by a sign reading, “DEATH,” and a number of crucifixes stuck in the ground to resemble graves. Deputy Greenwalt suspects harmless vandals, but Brian remains uneasy. As Jessica bakes a cake, Trish leaves for town to research a newspaper story she plans to write about the mine. Outside the tunnel, the old man steals a bundle of dynamite sticks, while inside, Brian collects samples of the silver to send to Denver for analysis. Mark thinks it is strange that the skeletons are thrown into a pile of random bones instead of buried as separate bodies. At the house, Jessica discovers Roger’s truck still in the garage. In the Silver City Gazette office, Trish finds an article suggesting that a miner named Harold Griswald caused the Black Friday Disaster, since he was the only survivor. When Griswald denied the accusations, he was admitted to a mental institution for claiming that something had attacked the miners. Trish receives a phone call from Jessica, prompting her to visit Mark at work to ask why Roger is missing. That night, while Jessica showers, a tentacle pulls Tiger through a vent in the floor. When Jessica hears the dog’s yelps and investigates, the creature chases her into a hall closet and slashes her neck and face until she dies. Just as Dan spots Roger’s half-eaten corpse floating in the cave pool, the old man emerges from the tunnel and reveals himself to be Blanchard, son of Harold Griswald, the survivor of the 1912 disaster. Blanchard claims that people are dying because they re-opened the mine, releasing the evil creatures that killed his father’s companions. Mark runs to phone Deputy Greenwalt for help. Before Dan is able to ignite a stick of dynamite to collapse the mines again, a creature pulls him and Blanchard under the water. The dynamite explodes with Brian still inside the cave. Meanwhile, Trish discovers streaks of blood across the dilapidated kitchen floor and follows them into the basement, where she finds Jessica’s body. Trish is also attacked. Mark and Deputy Greenwalt arrive and shoot the monster, but it latches its sharp teeth onto the policeman’s face and kills him. Although Mark stabs the creature with a pitchfork, the leaking furnace suddenly catches fire and the house explodes. The couple escapes through an underground tunnel that connects the basement to the mine, where they find Brian. Another beast strangles Brian and chases Mark and Trish toward the exit. Once safely outside, Mark throws a stick of dynamite behind them, causing an explosion that blocks off the mine entrance and seals the beast inside. +

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