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The Boy: Not Your Typical Killer Doll Movie

Posted by cfeehan on May 20, 2016

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We decided to switch it up this week and address the horror movie fans in our audience. If you appreciate the occasional feeling of intense fear, a quickened pulse, or lingering nightmares, you may just be one of these people. And if you are, or if you know someone who is, The Boy is a movie that should not be missed.

The Boy tells the story of an American woman who ventures to England to take a temporary job as a nanny. When she arrives, she finds out that the family she has agreed to work for doesn’t have a living, breathing son, but a creepy doll named Brahms that they insist is “real”. They treat the doll as if it is an actual boy – outlining his music preferences, bed time, eating habits, and more – and expect Greta to do the same. Once Brahms’ parents leave, Greta disregards their instructions for his care, and terrifying things start to happen.

The first thing we need to talk about is this movie’s concept. It’s pretty flipping scary. Greta is a young woman living in a giant, ominous mansion all alone in the middle of the countryside. This could be a great set-up, except for the fact that she’s locked inside with a horrifying doll with dead eyes and the desire to wreak havoc. If you have any sort of fear of porcelain dolls (and who doesn’t, right?), this movie will probably keep you on the edge of your seat.

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What this movie does really well is create a very unsettling and uncomfortable atmosphere, as good horror movies should. It has a jump-scare here and there, but for the most part, it’s “horror” is developed slowly and surely. Personally, I prefer this style over gory, violent horror movies that lack development and spend half of their budget on fake blood. This slow build-up keeps the viewer interested and makes the anticipation for the ending even greater.

The ending, as it turns out, is on a whole different level (there are no spoilers here, don’t worry). It was definitely unique and unexpected, which is incredibly hard to do in today’s horror movie landscape, so I have to congratulate it for that. Whether it was the best ending, however, you will have to decide for yourself!

The cast for this movie wasn’t overly large (this tends to happen in movies that take place in secluded mansions), but the actress who played Greta was really good. She was played by Lauren Cohen, who you may know as Maggie from The Walking Dead. This was Lauren’s first role in a full-length film, and it was definitely a success. I’m excited to see her in more upcoming movies! Her love interest, Malcolm, was played by Rupert Evans, who is also mainly known for his roles in television shows. His character was cute and complemented Greta well, so I would declare this a “win” for both of these typically-television actors.

Overall, The Boy gives the viewer what they want in a horror movie – plot and character development, an eerie atmosphere, and unexpected twists. I would recommend it to any horror movie fan, or even people looking to try out the genre but aren’t ready to fully commit to excessive gore, exorcisms, or zombies.

You can find The Boy on Execulink’s VOD channel (ch.100) from May 10th – Sept.9th, 2016.

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Caitlin Feehan, Blogger & Editor


Converse have been my footwear of choice for the past 9 years, I’m convinced that all doors and sidewalks are conspiring against me, and I enjoy sticking my head out of the passenger window on long car rides.