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How Stephen King Got The Boogeyman Cast Through Tough Days On Set


Savage explained that King eventually read a revised version of the script that had input from “Black Swan” screenwriter Mark Heyman. That’s the draft the author fell in love with, and he was very vocal about loving it. It was that vocal love that helped Savage, along with the rest of the cast and crew, soldier through production.

“He read Mark’s draft of the script and loved it. He was doing a press tour [for] his new book, and every now and then he’d mention how much he loved the script for ‘The Boogeyman.’ We’d have a particularly hard day, and I’d get pinged on my phone that Stephen King had shouted about our script. I’d read that out to our crew, and it would give us a second wind to finish the week.”

King’s love for the finished film also helped an awful lot. They rented out King’s favorite theater in Maine to screen the finished product for him. “He went there with a bucket of popcorn, and he said the film was expletive-terrifying and it made him jump several times. It was a real relief,” Savage said. The author’s praise for “The Boogeyman” even helped secure a theatrical release, coupled with excellent reactions from test audiences, rather than being dumped directly to Hulu.

The studio’s faith was rewarded. The film went on to earn a healthy $82.3 million at the global box office, turning it into a decent little horror hit. It’s a heck of a lot more than it would have made from Hulu alone. King’s kind words had a pretty large impact on this one.

“The Boogeyman” is now streaming on Hulu.

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