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Boogeymen

As John Carpenter is our witness, we have no idea who Flixmix's Boogeymen is supposed to appeal to. This 58-minute program, subtitled "The Greatest Hits of Horror," features excerpts from 17 of the world's bloodiest slasher flicks, with each clip designed to highlight a particularly gory or frightening moment from the work in question. The choice of material ranges from the expected (the Friday the 13th series, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) to the inspired (Phantasm, Clive Barker's stunning Hellraiser, Hitchcock's Psycho) to the puzzling (Child's Play 2? Leprechaun? The Ugly? I Know What You Did Last Summer?) Horror mavens will no doubt argue over the choice of clips included here, but since most genre fans will likely already have the lion's share of these films in their collections — and non-horror fans won't be interested — the usefulness of such an anthology remains questionable at best; it's a moderately interesting diversion for a Friday night with "the guys," but far less satisfying than simply watching one of the movies in its entirety. Still, Flixmix has sweetened the deal with a generous amount of special-edition content, including a screen-specific audio commentary track from the tremendously entertaining Robert Englund (Freddy from A Nightmare on Elm Street), who offers up some terrific anecdotes about his career in horror movies, as well as his remembrances of the first time he saw most of the profiled films. The disc also includes theatrical trailers for the vast majority of the featured movies, along with a "Name the Frame" game (playable with your DVD remote control), several textual supplements, and a DVD-ROM trivia game. Audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1, with optional English, Spanish or French subtitles. Keep-case.
—Joe Barlow



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