The Boy (2016)

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The Boy (2016)
  • Time: 97 min
  • Genre: Horror | Thriller
  • Director: William Brent Bell
  • Cast: Lauren Cohan, Rupert Evans, Ben Robson

Storyline:

Greta is a young American woman who takes a job as a nanny in a remote English village, only to discover that the family’s 8-year-old is a life-sized doll that the parents care for just like a real boy, as a way to cope with the death of their actual son 20 years prior. After violating a list of strict rules, a series of disturbing and inexplicable events bring Greta’s worst nightmare to life, leading her to believe that the doll is actually alive.

One review

  • Believe it or not, more horror films come out during the month of January than the month of October. I mean, October has Halloween and all but nothing is scarier than a January release date. We already had The Forest come out this month and next up is The Boy which premise is as silly as the execution of the film.

    The Boy is a frightening thrill ride directed by William Brent Bell (The Devil Inside) starring Lauren Cohan (“The Walking Dead”). Greta (Cohan) is a young American woman who takes a job as a nanny in a remote English village, only to discover that the family’s 8-year-old is a life-sized doll that the parents care for just like a real boy, as a way to cope with the death of their actual son 20 years prior. After violating a list of strict rules, a series of disturbing and inexplicable events bring Greta’s worst nightmare to life, leading her to believe that the doll is actually alive.

    The parents of this china doll, played by Jim Norton and Diana Hardcastle, gives our nanny Lauren Cohen’s Greta a set of strict rules she must follow or else there will be consequences. Nothing scarier than having to follow rules when babysitting a doll, right? No, it isn’t Child’s Play but sure, lets say the potential freight is there. Greta does not get this memo as she instantly breaks every single room as soon as the parents leave for vacation. Not only does it seem that there is no such thing as consequences in this film but the one place Greta was not supposed to explore within the mansion is explored within minutes.

    Logic and commonsense is long gone in this film as Greta refuses to ask, “Why?” at least once throughout the film. She is told countless amount of unpleasant things regarding the family, the mansion and the son that the china doll is supposed to represent and not once does she do anything significant with this information. Any classic horror film would of seen our heroine do something bad ass to get to the bottom of it but that does not seem to be the case with modern horror cinema leading The Boy to be more frustrating than anything else.

    Am I surprised with the outcome of The Boy? Not at all and that is due to Hollywood constantly dumping their horrific films in January.

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