Known as Mr. Boogie to all kids, or Bughuul if you're an adult brushing up on your Babylonian pagan deities, this boogeyman has the power to take over your children and cause them to turn into murderous little demons. If you haven't seen the first Sinister film, then you're missing out on some really creepy evil children action.
With Sinister 2's release in just a few weeks, I found myself curious about the legend of the Boogieman, as well as his role in folklore from all over the world.
Below is a list of terrifying Boogeyman from around the globe, proving that scaring your children with vicious monsters is a sure way to keep your children in line.
1. The Home-Invading Japanese Demons
This Japanese entity is called Namahage, and every December 31st, parents dress up as the hairy, shaggy creatures, flailing knives and yelling as they go door to door, as punishment for the kids for any disobedience from the past year.
Parents will sometimes make it appear as if the Namahage will take the kid, before snatching the kid back at the last minute if they promise to behave this year. Other parents have their children offer the monsters some alcohol.
If this doesn't keep your kids in line, then I don't know what will.
2. The Old Lady of England
The Black Annis is a supposed old woman with iron claws who resides in a cave, dressed in the tanned hides of naughty children. She also has a blue face and is recognized as a kind of witch.
At night, she roams around the hills, looking for wandering children and lambs to eat. She will also snatch children from their house, that is, if they are misbehaving.
3. The Japanese Water Goblins
Known as the Kappa, these slimy, turtle-like people have holes on the tops of their heads filled with water. Parents warn children that the Kappa will attack them if they play by the river or lake without parental supervision.
The most interesting part of their story is the fact that Kappa attack kids by sucking their intestines though their buttholes. They also sodomize children that are stupid enough to walk too close to the water.
The Kappa are still depicted on warning signs by large bodies of water to this day. I feel like just telling your child that they will drown would be effective enough, but it seems to be working great for Japan, I guess.
4. The German Horned Monster
In Alpine folklore, the Krampus is a horned figured who punishes naughty children during Christmas.
In some Alpine towns, men will dress as the Krampus and celebrate the Krampuslauf, which is basically a Krampus-themed parade.
5. The Burned Egyptian Child-Chef
Abo Ragi Ma Slokha translates to "man with the burned leg." He is a terrifying figure who hunts children and cooks them alive. He does this because he is so angry about having a burned leg.
How did his leg even get burned in the first place? Simple: he didn't listen to his mommy. His story is used as a means to instill a good work ethic into children.
6. Santa Claus' Kid-Killing Assistant
The Whipfather was an innkeeper who was desperate for some money. With the help of his wife, he cut up three young, wealthy boys who had stumbled into his inn, looking for a place to stay.
Who catches him in the act, but old Saint Nick, who forces him to become his little helper. He is used by parents to warn kids that if they do not behave, he will come by and deliver coal as well as the occasionally assbeating.
7. The Ferocious Slavic Woman
In Slavic folklore, Baba Yaga is a supernatural woman who flies around in a mortar while brandishing a pestles, and lives hidden in the forest in a hut that stands on chicken legs (sounds like a sturdy foundation to me).
Depending on how you approach her, she can either be more of a maternal figure or a full-on predator. In some stories, the Baba Yaga is depicted as three sisters all with the same name.
8. The Child Eater from Hispanic Folklore
Known as the Cuco, he appears in many traditional lullabies and is described as a creature with a constant craving for kids who won't go to sleep.
Most parents, however, use El Cuco in any way they can to get children to clean their rooms, finish their homework, eat their veggies, etc. El Cuco is also used as a form of birth control, a way for parents to discourage teens from engaging in sexual behavior.
A creepy monster who is going to eat me if I don't listen to my parents? That would have definitely kept me in line as a kid.
9. The Australian Furry Frog Tentacle Demon
For many Aboriginal children, the story of the Yara-ma-yha-who, frog-man the size of a child covered in red hair, complete with octopus arms and a toothless mouth, is one creepy story that is all too familiar.
This demon creature lives in the branches of fig trees, and attacks unsuspecting children and sucks their blood with their sucker octopus arms. This furry horror of a man/octopus/frog would then swallow the child whole, then vomit them back up, creating another red haired child monster.
This tale was used to prevent children from running off on their own. And with a tale that creepy, it must have kept children from leaving their homes.
I can understand the points parents are trying to make with these stories, but perhaps just explaining to your kid the bad things that can happen to them if they don't do something might raise them to be rational adults.
My grandmother on my mom's side was told by her nanny that if she didn't sleep at night, the dogs would eat her. She became obsessively afraid of dogs, which was passed down to my mom. And that's why I grew up without a furry friend, and my life feels empty and unbearable.
Be careful how you use the story of the boogeyman. It might affect your children in a much worse manner than you meant.