My dad taped many an episode of that series, whatever channel or name change it went through, but our favorite - my dad's, my sister's, and my own - was Mr. Boogedy.
|I would buy this on DVD.|
This was a fun original movie. It starred Richard Masur and Mimi Kennedy as gag shop-owning parents who move their three children to a creepy old house in a creepily named New England town called Lucifer Falls. The kids are played by Kristy Swanson (the original Buffy!), David Faustino (Bud Bundy!), and Benji Gregory (the kid from ALF!). Their first night in the house, they're greeted by a weird man, Neil Witherspoon (John Astin!), who warns them to beware of "Mr. Boogedy." The parents brush old Neil off, but before too long, the kids start to see crazy things happening around the house. They visit the historical society, where they find - who else? - Neil Witherspoon, who tells them the tragic story behind the haunting. Of course, there is an eventual showdown with Mr. Boogedy himself.
We loved this little movie. We thought it was hilarious, the parents especially - Mimi Kennedy's laugh! A year later, there was a longer sequel entitled Bride of Boogedy. We never liked it as much. The parents and David Faustino remained, but Benji Gregory and Kristy Swanson had been replaced by the little boy from Harry and the Hendersons and Tammy Lauren. (Tammy Lauren and Mimi Kennedy would go on to co-star on Homefront, one of my favorite series from the '90s. And yep, I found that whole series on YouTube, too.) And John Astin is gone, although Eugene Levy is on board as another villain.
The girls watched the first movie with me last week. They enjoyed it! I think it's more silly than scary, although I admit, my kids are a bit hard to scare (The Dark Crystal aside).
The Bride of Boogedy