The Boy – More a Thriller than a Horror

The Boy Movie Review
Director William Brent Bell, known for his horror films such as Stay Alive (2006) and The Devil Inside (2012) is back with yet another creepy story The Boy. The movie has its share of tense moments with decent acting, but somehow it falls flat in the second half while shifting the path from horror to a thriller.

Starring Lauren Cohan (The Walking Dead), The Boy narrates the story of Greta (Cohan) who takes a job as a nanny in a remote English countryside, only to discover later that the Heelshire family’s 8-year-old boy is a life-sized doll, named Brahms, that the parents care for after losing their actual son some 20 years ago.

Under such weird circumstances, which Greta finds laughable at first, she gets to follow a list of rules to take care of the boy. Other than usual rules carefully crafted by Mr. and Mrs. Heelshire, who left for a vacation, Greta has to do a lot to keep herself safe in the house.

After violating a list of strict rules, a series of distressing and mysterious events bring Greta’s worst nightmare to life, leading her to believe that the doll is actually alive. So, is the doll possessed by some spirit? This is the sole question which will prompt you to continue watching the film.

Considering the plot and its narratives, I must say that The Boy started as a promising horror film but with some unlikely twists, it ends up disappointing horror movie buffs. While we must appreciate the fact that the storyline is designed cleverly to conceal the real truth of Brahms, it doesn’t have enough scare moments to hold the film for long.

Also in the end, The Boy leaves you with a hint that there is a sequel on the card. While honestly, it’s not apt to dig further such a shallow premise, going by today’s horror films, one more is not bad provided there is enough screams sans cheap jump-scare thrill.

Starring: Lauren Cohan, Rupert Evans, Jim Norton, Diana Hardcastle
Genre: Thriller/Horror
Directed by: William Brent Bell
Release date: January 22, 2016

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Lauren Cohan in the film The Boy
Lauren Cohan in the psychological thriller The Boy



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