The Boy

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Year of Release: 2016

Genre: Horror

Related to/Remake of: N/A

Directed By: William Brent Bell

Music By: Bear McCreary

Starring: Lauren Cohan (as Greta), Rupert Evans (as Malcolm), Jim Norton (as Mr. Heelshire), Diana Hardcastle (as Mrs. Heelshire), and Ben Robson (as Cole)

Basic Plot:  A young woman recovering from an abusive relationship travels to England to serve as a nanny to an elderly couples child.  Upon arriving, she discovers that boy she’s been hired to watch over is, in actuality, a porcelain doll.  The elderly couple, prior to leaving on holiday, give the nanny a list of rules she must follow in order to keep the boy happy, but, shortly after she leaves, the nanny disregards the rules.  Bad idea…

Rating (Out of 4): 1

Pros: There are some genuinely good scares here, as well as an effectively creepy atmosphere.  The setup is pretty good, but…

Cons: … the payoff leaves a lot to be desired.  This movie relies way too much on lazy jump scares and the “it was all just a dream” moments.  There’s backstory to the main character that is shoehorned in by means of conversations that probably wouldn’t happen in real life.