He's called Mr. Boogie, if that tells you anything.
I kind of liked the story. A crime writer moves into a house that previously belonged to a family that was murdered in the backyard. He finds tapes that contain the recordings of past family murders, and this demon (Mr. Boogie) lives inside these tapes, i guess? I liked the story because of how it unfolded and led to the end (which was pretty predictable after a certain point).
Ellison Oswalt (Ethan Hawke) slowly becomes obsessed with his book that he's writing, and he slowing starts experiences very strange, supernatural things. The weird thing was that he acted like some of the things that were happening were just weird. Only weird. He wasn't acting like his house was haunted or that there was a demon involved with these tapes and that his family was in danger. It took him forever to snap and finally realize that these tapes were bad news, and he needed to get his family out of there. Not only was that annoying, but why did his wife have to have an accent? That was annoying, and she also wasn't that great of an actress.
I didn't hate this movie, I just thought that it wasn't that scary. I got a little freaked out, and I jumped a little bit, but I've seen worse. I wasn't convinced with the ghost children prancing about the house either. I'm just saying, if this movie would have been more scary, i wouldn't be so upset with it. I actually went into the theater expecting a scary movie, but I was let down. I can't wait for the day that a movie that is advertised as scary actually turns out to be.