Cucuy: The Boogeyman, Syfy Creature Feature Collects Genres
Cucuy: The Boogeyman Film Details
Director: Peter Sullivan
Writer: Peter Sullivan
Release Date: Saturday, October 13th, 2018
Release Format: SyFy
MPAA Rating: N/A
Running Time: 1 hr 34 min.
When children start disappearing, a rebellious teen under house arrest starts to suspect that a legendary evil, a boogeyman known as the Cucuy, might be responsible.
Folklore is mythical and or urban legends based on culture and society. Parents and elders often pass these tales to the younger generation and yet the context of the story changes to meet modern accommodations. In Latino culture, there are many legends to frighten youngsters but none is as popular as El Cucuy also known as El Cuco.
As with all folklore, the basis of the story for El Cucuy is to persuade misbehaving children onto respectable behavior. With its formless and featureless presence, storytellers can adapt El Cucuy to fit any scenario and achieve maximum fright factor. This open room of flexibility allows Filmmaker Peter Sullivan to adapted the Latino-inspired boogeyman to a full feature adaptation.
Cucuy: The Boogeyman debuts Saturday, October 13th, 2018 on Syfy as part of the 31 Days Of Halloween programming.
Syfy has established a reputation catering to the diverse palate of science fiction and Horror. Thus, enter Cucuy: The Boogeyman Thriller based narrative based on haunting folklore and mystery. A key story idea Sullivan delivers within the plot feel familiar. Yet, exploring these creative avenue adapts well with the overall expression to the ghost story. In particular, viewers may notice the protagonist, Sofia Martin, and her story arc parallels a lead character structure from Director D.J. Caruso‘s 2007 release.
Having a specific parallel between films is nothing new. The object of the creative game is to communicate a contrast by presenting a different appeal. Sullivan does not express a run-of-the-mill generic concept with his roles in Cucuy: The Boogeyman. This attitude establishes the film as an entertaining viewing. Another positive offered in this production is the level of diversity on the cast. It is noteworthy to view Latinos as primary, non-stereotype roles.
Cucuy: The Boogeyman has a basic development that integrates principles of mystery and suspense. From a storytelling standpoint, Sullivan delivers success introducing and expanding the antagonist. The external conflict and the way it influences, circumstances and the community of characters becomes a good build for a made for television film. If an expanded version were to flourish for cinemas, I would have appreciated more depth with the protagonists and antagonists.
The performances offered in Cucuy: The Boogeyman was satisfactory to some extent. Sometimes the actor and/or actress did not convey a heightened sense of fear. With the developing romance part of the storyline, the chemistry although fun to watch also lacked intensity. Overall, the offerings from the cast avoided falling into the dreaded B-Movie realm of acting. There are many stand-outs from the cast actresses Jearnest Corchado and Bella Stine had an exceptional portrayal as a sister mystery solving team.
Cucuy: The Boogeyman has a substantial production value with its camera work and cinematography. Sullivan makes certain to present compelling deliveries of character perspectives. One scene involving a character without a hearing aid has audiences presented with suppressed ambiance. This is phenomenal in building tension to an already stressful moment. The area that lacks strength is the practical effects, specifically the creature design. Although El Cucuy is a shapeless, faceless entity there is little reason to base the creature off from the Krampus design. In addition, while the CGI effects were excellent the visuals do little to cloak the unfrightening Halloween mask that is El Cucuy’s face.
Cucuy: The Boogeyman has something to extend for a wide spectrum of audiences. Where the mystery element leaves off, there is the thriller and where that aspect ends there is the comedy. Depending on the resilience towards the fright level Cucuy: The Boogeyman may or may not express the ideal measure of scares for the Halloween season.