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Sunday, June 26, 2011

The Boogieman Will Get You (1942)

I love watching Boris Karloff and Peter Lorre in comedic roles such as The Comedy of Terrors (1963) or Tales of Terror (1962).  Thy are a delight in both of these films.  Therefore I was excited to come across The Boogieman Will Get You which starred both of them.  Unfortunately, Boogeyman does not deliver the comedic goods.  It tries too hard to be funny which is very a good thing.  I may have worked in the 1940's but it doesn't survive the  transition to 2011.  
The basic plot involves a young divorcee who buys a money pit of a house with the hope that she can convert it into a hotel.  The house is owned by an eccentric scientist [Karloff] and his equally eccentric staff.  Dead bodies pile up throughout the film but the laughs do not.
This one can even be skipped by Karloff fans!  It's less than spectacular.  It just provedsthe point that comedy is a tricky thing to pull off well.  It' not a horrible movie, it's just not as funny as it thinks it is.  Check out the other films I mentioned instead.
RATING: Fair.
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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