The Boy: Film Review – Mystery Awaits at Every Turn

Verdict: A welcome respite from the cliches of the genre.

Creepy dolls surely deserve a mention in the Hall of Fame, if there is one dedicated to horror cinema. From Chucky to Annabelle, the genre has seen it all. The Boy, despite being counted in the same category and entertaining too, falls short of the scares, thanks to an overdose of melodrama.

Starring Lauren Cohan of The Walking Dead fame as Greta and Rupert Evans as Malcolm, The Boy is a 97-minute-long thriller directed by William Brent Bell.

The story starts with Greta, a writer, moving away from her dark past to the English countryside, to babysit an eight-year-old boy for a few months. She is shocked to see that the boy she’s getting paid to look after, is nothing but a giant doll. In the presence of Mr. And Mrs. Heelshire (Jim Norton and Diana Hardcastle), who treat the doll as their son, Greta has no option but to play along. Although, as soon as they leave, Greta starts mishandling the doll until she witnesses strange things happening around the empty house. Greta gets inquisitive and investigates when she notices her things begin to disappear one by one. She realizes how the spirit of the Heelshire’s deceased son Brahms who died 20 years ago has possessed the doll. Terrified, she obediently follows the to-do list the couple had prepared for the her in order to take care of Brahms.

Greta finds herself in more mess when her ex-boyfriend (Ben Robson) stalks her down and wants her to return with him. 

As the story unfolds, many interesting facts are revealed, which will keep the audience glued to their seat till the end. The director though, in order to make the movie interesting, forgets to make it a scary one.

Why You Should Watch This Movie?

From the maker of  The Devil Inside and Stay Alive comes another horror story, The Boy, which offers a new take on the overused trend of possessed dolls. For all you horror fans out there, this movie may be entertaining but it surely isn’t the scariest one you’ll see.

— By Sanaa Surve

Release Date: 29th January 2016
Language: English
Director: William Brent Bell
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Cast & Crew: Lauren Cohan, Rupert Evans, Diana Hardcastle, James Russel
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