Don’t Look Under the Bed

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Don't Look Under the Bed (Disney Channel Original Movie)

“Don’t Look Under the Bed” is a Disney Channel Original Movie (DCOM) that premiered in 1999. Directed by Kenneth Johnson, the film is a mix of fantasy, comedy, and drama with elements of horror and suspense.

The story follows Frances Bacon McCausland, known as “Francie,” played by Erin Chambers. Francie is a high school student and a responsible, practical, and level-headed young girl. However, strange and unexplained events start happening in her town, and people begin blaming her for the mischief. This puts her reputation at risk, and her life starts spiraling out of control.

Francie seeks help from a quirky and mysterious character named Larry Houdini, portrayed by Ty Hodges, who claims to be an imaginary friend. He reveals to Francie that the real culprits behind the chaos are the Boogeyman and his army of Boogeymen. Larry Houdini is a “Bogeyman Specialist,” and together, they embark on a mission to save Francie’s town from the Boogeyman’s evil influence.

Throughout their adventure, Francie learns important lessons about friendship, imagination, and believing in the unseen. She realizes the significance of embracing her inner child and acknowledging the power of imagination to overcome fear.

“Don’t Look Under the Bed” delivers valuable messages about the power of imagination and the importance of accepting one’s emotions, including fear and sadness, as valid and essential parts of growing up. The movie also touches on the theme of growing apart from childhood friends and learning to appreciate the memories and experiences that shape a person’s character.

Despite being a DCOM with elements of horror, the film ultimately focuses on themes of friendship, acceptance, and the magical world of childhood. It encourages viewers to confront their fears, both real and imagined, and teaches them that friendship and courage can conquer even the most frightening challenges.

“Don’t Look Under the Bed” is an entertaining and heartwarming movie that appeals to both young audiences and nostalgic adults who grew up watching Disney Channel Original Movies. It stands as a unique and memorable addition to the lineup of Disney’s original programming.

Additional Details

  • Movie Studio:
  • Year Released:
  • Type of Movie: Live Action
  • Movie Platform: Disney Channel Original Movie
  • IMDB Link


  • Erin Chambers: Frances Bacon McCausland.
  • Eric “Ty” Hodges II: Larry Houdini
  • Robin Riker: Karen McCausland
  • Steve Valentine: Boogeyman
  • Jake Sakson: Darwin McCausland
  • Stephen Tobolowsky: Michael McCausland
  • Nathan Stevens: Albert “Bert” McCausland
  • RuDee Lipscomb: Joanne Smith
  • Rachel Kimsey: Zoe


  • Director: Kenneth Johnson
  • Producer: Don Schain

Movie Trailer:

About the Author

Craig Smith
I am founder and editor of My passion for all things Disney goes pretty far back to my first trip to Walt Disney World in the mid-80's. I have since returned to the magical place more than 20 times. I started this site when I came to the realization that I spent a significant portion of my day reading articles about Disney and watching Disney content with my 8-year old, so it made sense that I would start sharing some of what I read and see and building a little community around it. Other interests include 80's nostalgia, vintage toys, video games, LEGO, Star Wars and tech gadgets. Other site isDMR.