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boogeyman

1. An imaginary, evil man who has supernatural abilities. I had a hard time getting the kids to go to bed—they're convinced that the boogeyman is going to come into their room at night.
2. By extension, anything that is deemed frightening or threatening, especially when such an opinion is unwarranted. The idea that minorities might move into certain neighborhoods is a constant societal boogeyman.

boogieman

(ˈbugimæn and ˈbʊgimæn)
n. an imaginary man who is said to frighten people; a false threat of any kind. Don’t turn me into a boogieman. Spank the child yourself.
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The Boogeyman has been a favourite of short filmmakers; it has been adapted into shorts seven times, in what King calls "dollar baby deals," non-commercial and non-exclusive rights options that allow emerging filmmakers access to material they could never afford if they were paying retail, reports deadline.com.
The Boogeyman whisks Charlie through time and space showing him the true nature of the universe and how through the filter of the mind shaped by biology and experience each person's version of the world is an artificial construct broken down into bite-sized pieces rather than seen as a unified whole.
The gruesome film is set around a college campus and Jayne is one of a succession of nubile young students to be savaged by the evil Boogeyman.
And angry mommies and daddies and their vote-thirsty advocates are assaulting the raping boogeyman's castle on nearly all fronts.
A story about a lad who grows up with a fear of cupboards after his Dad was hauled into one never to return by aforesaid Boogeyman looks as stupid on paper as it does on film.
Years of specialist care have failed to cure Tim of his phobia ( his father did not walk out on his mum, as people claim: the Boogeyman got him.
The prologue depicts the childhood trauma of a youngster (Aaron Murphy) who witnesses--or at least thinks he witnesses--the violent quietus of his father at the hands of the closet-dwelling Boogeyman.
Soon after reading that piece, I find in the mail the February issue of Security Management, and in "Viewpoint," I read a boogeyman article ("Who Should Chart Security's Course?") by ASIS member Norman D.
With a script that could've been written by a foetus, some of the worst acting I've ever seen and a plot that limps across the screen like roadkill, the only scary thing about Boogeyman is how it recently went to the top of the US box office.
In particular, he's petrified of closets, having watched his father fall victim to the bloodthirsty Boogeyman, who lurks in the darkness of every enclosed space.
Years later, she checks herself in to a mental hospital, only to find the boogeyman.
It was the character of Xena which brought Lucy world-wide fame, but this week she has a starring role in the new horror film Boogeyman, which is released today.
In particular, he's petrified of closets - his psychiatrist must have a field day - having watched his father (Mesure) fall victim to the bloodthirsty Boogeyman, who lurks in the darkness of every enclosed space.
Young Tim (Barry Watson) thinks he saw his dad get eaten by the Boogeyman (that's American for Bogeyman).