Synopsis: On a future Earth transformed into a planetary ghetto by alien overlords, Dawkins, a cop-turned-pickpocket, tracks down a missing child about to be sold to the ‘Boogeys.’ The encounter will determine the child’s fate and his redemption.
Review: The Boogeys was the second runner up for the SciFiPulse Award at last weekends KWC Film Festival and was very deserving of the award given the tough competition it was up against.
The film, which is 15 minutes long was directed by Sanjay François Sharma and brought together a brilliant team of effects people as well as some well-known actors from genre television and film. These actors included Doug Jones who is better known for his portrayal of Commander Saru on Star Trek: Discovery and Abe Sapien in the first two Hellboy movies, but the actor behind the Boogey in the film is Douglas Tait, who has a role as one of the major bad guys in the new Hellboy movie, which is opening this coming weekend. So the movie has no shortage of acting talent behind it.
Added to the talented actors is the talented special effects make-up artist Jordu Schell (known for Avatar, Hellboy, Planet of the Apes) as well cinematographer Brad Shield (Spider-Man: Homecoming, The Avengers, X-Men Origins). To say that the talent is shown on the screen would be an understatement. Although Boogeys only managed runners up prize for best SciFi at KWC Film Fest. It has won some pretty big awards on the indie film circuit since it was released last year.
The film’s story is a straightforward Detective story that lends a little from films such as Blade Runner in that the main character is very much an anti-hero character. The story starts with him stealing a cigarette lighter and doing various trades until he runs into a man who hires him to find his son. Apparently, some horrible person has kidnapped his son and plans to sell him to the Boogey.
Dawkins, who is the detective of the film reluctantly takes the job on and following up on a tip heads to Janes General Store, which is where the movie climaxes.
As stated earlier in this review. There are a few well-known actors in this. People such as Doug Jones who puts in a solid performance as a propaganda mongering hologram, which starts the film off and introduces us to the world. But much of the film is on the shoulders of Andrew Troy who puts in a really solid performance as the cynical Dawkins who channels his best Harrison Ford type persona to give us a convincing anti-hero.
To sum all of this up. This film is well worth a look if you can get a look at it. The special effects are truly awesome and the alien looking Boogey is truly menacing.
The one downside is. You’ll watch this 15-minute film and find yourself wanting to know more about this world and will be asking questions like, “Who are these Boogeys? What do they want? Why are they interested in buying children?”
Whether we will ever see a follow-up film or potential web series come out of this film remains to be seen. But I for one would love to see this world explored a little more should the director and writers wish to do so.
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