Skip to main content

Is The Boogeyman streaming?

Fifty years ago, acclaimed horror novelist Stephen King published his short story, The Boogeyman, in an issue of the magazine Cavalier, before it was reprinted in King’s anthology Night Shift in 1978. The story told the tale of a haunted man named Lester Billings, whose young children died under very suspicious circumstances. The only clue that Lester had to their fates was that his kids cried out “Boogeyman!” before he found their bodies.

In the newly released theatrical adaptation of The Boogeyman, Ant-Man and the Wasp‘s David Dastmalchian plays Lester Billings. However, the short story has been expanded on the big screen and Lester is no longer the primary character. Instead, the focus shifts to Lester’s psychiatrist, Will Harper (Chris Messina), and his two daughters: Sadie (as played by Yellowjackets‘ Sophie Thatcher) and Sawyer (who is portrayed by Vivien Lyra Blair, the young actress who played Leia in last year’s Obi-Wan Kenobi miniseries). It’s Sawyer who first believes that the Boogeyman is hiding under her bed. And she’s not wrong…

Marin Ireland also stars in the film as Rita Billings, with Madison Hu as Bethany, and Lisa Gay Hamilton as Dr. Weller. Rob Savage directed the film from a script by Scott Beck, Bryan Woods, and Mark Heyman. Beck and Woods also receive story credit for the script.

Now, it’s time to find out whether you can watch The Boogeyman from the comfort of your own home, preferably with the lights on.

Is The Boogeyman streaming?

A girl stands outside a door in The Boogeyman.
20th Century Studios

No, not yet. Although this is somewhat ironic because The Boogeyman was originally intended to be released as a Hulu original film. However, Disney and 20th Century Studios were suitably impressed by the movie’s performance during test screenings and they decided to release The Boogeyman theatrically this summer as counterprogramming for some of the other blockbusters. The film is currently in its second week of release with $24.7 million to date in North America.

Will you be able to watch The Boogeyman at home?

A man looks worried in Stephen King's The Boogeyman.
Image used with permission by copyright holder

Yes. The Boogeyman was made for Hulu, and Hulu is where it will go following the film’s theatrical release. Since The Boogeyman isn’t exactly lighting the box office on fire, it’s likely to have a very short run in theaters. Once it drops out of the top ten at the box office, The Boogeyman will probably be streaming soon after. It may even show up on Hulu as soon as the middle or the end of July.

Are there monsters hiding under my bed?

A young girl holding a lamp and looking scared in the movie The Boogeyman.
20th Century Studios / 20th Century Studios

You’ll have to get back to us with the answer to that question. Sweet dreams!

Editors' Recommendations

Blair Marnell
Blair Marnell has been an entertainment journalist for over 15 years. His bylines have appeared in Wizard Magazine, Geek…
Is A Haunting in Venice streaming?
The cast of A Haunting in Venice.

If there's an unsolved murder under bizarre circumstances, you'd probably want Sherlock Holmes on the case. But if we can't have the great detective, Agatha Christie's Hercule Poirot is a more than adequate substitute. Since 2017, director and actor Kenneth Branagh has helmed and starred in three films as Poirot, starting with Murder on the Orient Express, which was followed by Death on the Nile in 2022. This week, Branagh is back in theaters with A Haunting in Venice, which was one of our picks for the three movies you need to watch in September. This time, Christie's mystery may also be a ghost story.

The film takes place in 1947 after Poirot has retired and moved to Venice. Despite a desire for the quiet life, Poirot is roped into investigating a murder at a séance, and there doesn't seem to be any shortage of suspects. The cast for the film includes Kyle Allen as Maxime Gerard, Camille Cottin as Olga Seminoff, Jamie Dornan as Dr. Leslie Ferrier, Tina Fey as Ariadne Oliver, Jude Hill as Leopold Ferrier, Ali Khan as Nicholas Holland, Emma Laird as Desdemona Holland, Kelly Reilly as Rowena Drake, Riccardo Scamarcio as Vitale Portfoglio, and Michelle Yeoh as Joyce Reynolds.

Read more
Is The O.C. one of the most influential TV shows of the 21st century?
The cast of The O.C. poses with the sun in the background.

20 years ago, teenagers Ryan Atwood and Seth Cohen attended a party at Holly's beach house on one fateful summer night. After Seth got into an altercation with the water polo team, Ryan jumped in to defend his new, helpless friend. Outnumbered, a fearless Ryan took the first shot at Luke, punching the puka shell-wearing water polo captain in the face. Ryan and Seth didn't stand a chance, as they received numerous kicks and blows to the body. As Ryan and Seth caught their breath with their backs on the sand, a cocky Luke puffed his chest out, smirked, and said the most famous line of the show, "Welcome to the O.C., bitch."

This iconic phrase ushered in The O.C., Fox's fish-out-of-water teen drama and spiritual successor to Beverly Hills, 90210. The O.C. premiered on August 5, 2003, and introduced the nation to Newport Beach, a wealthy area populated with gated communities, Range Rovers, and daddy issues. Just your typical rich people's problems. However, these issues don't apply to Ryan (Ben McKenzie), a misguided teenager from Chino whom we meet in the opening moments.
The O.C. pilot remains one of the very best

Read more
Beyond Boogeyman: the 7 most underrated Stephen King movies and TV shows
Dan and Abra in "Doctor Sleep."

The literary works of Stephen King have led to countless adaptations for film and TV, so there were always bound to be a few that have been overlooked by the public. Though not all of them can be smash hits like Carrie or 2017's It, there are still some King-based projects that deserve more recognition from audiences, even if some of them don't stick to the source material.

The Boogeyman is the latest in a long line of King adaptations built to scare audiences. Whether or not you thought the book was better, these seven adaptations are still some of the most underrated projects based on King's substantial bibliography.
The Stand (2020)

Read more