The Stephen King horror movie The Boogeyman was originally slated for a streaming release. However, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the film is moving to a theatrical release. After a strong test screening in December, 20th Century Studios decided to move the film to a theatrical release.
Our friend Big Screen Leaks also confirmed on Twitter that the test scores for the film were in the high 80’s and low 90’s. The movie, directed by Rob Savage and produced by 21 Laps will now open on June 2nd, 2023. They’re hoping it follows a similar path to Smile, which did the same streaming to theatrical release.
The Boogeyman is based on a story from the King horror anthology Night Shift from 1978. The movie version centers on a 16-year-old and her younger sister, both still reeling from the death of their mother, who are targeted by a supernatural boogeyman after their father, a psychologist, has an encounter with a desperate patient in their house.
It’s set to star Chris Messina, Sophie Thatcher, Vivien Lyra Blair, David Dastmalchian, Marin Ireland, and Madison Hu.
Horror took the 2022 box office by storm with releases like Smile, Scream, Barbarian, Terrifier 2, and more giving tons of scares for audiences. Those movies have seemingly changed the course for plenty of other horror films. Studio executives are finally realizing that there’s plenty of money to be made with horror movies.
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Source: The Hollywood Reporter, Big Screen Leaks