A small mining community gets more than they bargained for when they reopen an old mine unleashing a horde of creatures that will do anything protect their home in THE BOOGENS (1981). For a small community, opening the once flourishing mines was thought to be an excellent idea even after all the deaths that occurred in a collapse years ago, but once the mines are reopened people start to disappear. Soon the miners learn that the tunnels of the mines go underneath the entire town and no one is safe.
Written by David O’Malley and Jim Kouf (with a story by Thomas C. Chapman and O’Malley) the film does an admirable job of keeping the story moving with its limited cast. Chapman, who also directors, does a good job creating suspense and atmosphere with the limited number of locations especially the caverns in the mines themselves. The death scenes are also creative and a highlight of the even. Even though the monsters, themselves, are cheesy looking by today’s standards, they are not on screen all that much.
I enjoyed the film for the nostalgia factor since I love monster movies (no matter how crude the creature) so fans of monster films will enjoy this film. For an early ‘80s creature feature its not that bad at all.