The Boy (2016) Review

The Boy (2016)

Directed by William Brent Bell

Starring: Lauren Cohan, Rupert Evans, Jim Norton, Diana Hardcastle

Plot Synopsis: (via IMDB)
An American nanny is shocked that her new English family’s boy is actually a life-sized doll. After she violates a list of strict rules, disturbing events make her believe that the doll is really alive.

My Opinion:

I was very much in the mood for a “light & predictable psychological horror movie without lots of gore” this weekend. Yay! That’s exactly what I got with The Boy! Is it some groundbreaking horror film? No. Did I know exactly where the story was going? Yes. Is it full of all the usual horror tropes? Oh god yes. Did I enjoy it, though? Yes – I thought it was perfectly fine for its genre.

I admit that I’m a sucker for any “creepy doll” horror movie and this one has a great, creepy little bastard. Look at him! Porcelain face & everything. That’s the stuff of nightmares. And, of course, the movie is set in a big, old, British house in the middle of nowhere (with no phone signal, of course!!) and the boy’s “parents” are two eccentric, posh old British people (because there’s something seriously disturbing about eccentric, posh old British people). And an attractive man the same age as the pretty American nanny who has been hired to babysit “the boy” for the summer drops by once a week to deliver groceries. He’s super cute. He could deliver MY groceries anytime!

It was nice to see Maggie from The Walking Dead wearing make-up & getting to actually take a shower. Hey, why do women taking showers in these movies always seductively soap up their legs? Who actually scrubs their legs clean (unless you’re washing off zombie blood or something)? Also, women never shave their legs in these movies. They get in the shower all hair-free & slowly rub their legs with soap then get out of the shower with full eye make-up on. Anyway! As much as I hate creepy dolls, I think I’d choose living with one & getting to take showers over living in a zombie apocalypse. Plus the grocery guy is way cuter than anyone on The Walking Dead. Oh… I forgot about Jesus! Jesus is quite hot. Am I going off on a tangent? I might as well just wrap things up. Here’s Jesus from The Walking Dead:

Summary:

The Boy may not try anything new but, well, who cares? When it comes to horror, I admit that I have lower standards and when one surprisingly manages to not totally suck, I’m happy enough (which is why I’m actually giving this a higher rating than the movie I watched with extremely high expectations the same day, Zootropolis, which I trashed HERE). This movie is the type of horror that I always enjoy: atmospheric, psychological, low on gore. And has a creepy doll, of course!

Sure, it’s amazing that there have finally been some truly fantastic & original horror films the past few years with things like It Follows and The Babadook but horrors as good as those are very few & far between. In the meantime, I’m satisfied with ones like The Boy. It had no hateful idiotic characters who did extremely stupid things, the story was solid even though it was predictable to anyone who has watched more than two horror movies in their lifetime, and it looked good and seemed to have had some effort put into it. Good enough! It’s unlikely that I’d ever watch it again but it was all I expected it to be for 1 hour & 37 minutes of veg-out entertainment.

My Rating: 7/10

**Speaking of creepy dolls, I keep meaning to do a week of “creepy doll horror movies“. I’ve only reviewed a couple – the silly but quite fun 1987 film Dolls and the 1945 British horror classic Dead Of Night, which has the creepiest type of doll possible: a ventriloquist’s dummy.

Yikes! I hate those things! That’s why I’ve chosen to do the Anthony Hopkins film Magic as one of my 2016 Blind Spot picks. I think I just want to never be able to sleep again… So I’ll review Magic & some other creepy doll/puppet/ventriloquist dummy movies all in the same week (probably in October). I guess I’ll finally get around to watching Annabelle for that but I thought that one looked pretty dodgy… Does anyone have any other recommendations for movies of this type?? πŸ™‚

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39 thoughts on “The Boy (2016) Review

  1. Great review! Can’t wait to see this πŸ™‚ sounds like my kind of bag baby.

    Made me laugh what you said about women having showers in films, SO TRUE!!!

    Great dummy choices with Dead of Night and Magic!! That segment in Dead of Night has always been so chilling. I’ve always really enjoyed horror anthologies anyway. Annabelle is worth a watch at some point but only if convenient πŸ™‚ it’s not hugely scary or memorable. Just a bit of fluff!

    Hmmm, scary doll movies? What about Dead Silence or May?

    • Oh yes – I LOVE The Twilight Zone so know all those episodes well. πŸ™‚ And Talky Tina! The one that REALLY creeped me out as a kid, though, was from Alfred Hitchcock’s TV show episode called Where The Woodbine Twineth. Scarred me for life! That’s where I think I get my fear of dolls. Yeah, Annabelle looks meh. I can’t wait to finally get around to watching Magic! Been meaning to for years. πŸ™‚

  2. Anything named ‘Brahms’ is automatic creep-tits to me. That’s such an odd, out-dated sounding name. (Sorry if you know anyone named that, they’re probably cool though!)

    Also, I like your diatribe about women showering in movies. I think now I see the reason why you keep having that certain search result pop up so frequently, what was it, some kind of ‘naked people in the shower’ tag was your most frequently searched thing? Everything’s all starting to make sense now Mutey.

  3. I actually enjoyed watching this film, until about 20 min or so into the ending for obvious reasons. The final twist reminds me somehow of the Visit (2015)’s twist. Although the movies are different, the twists are similar because they are both “down-to-earth” – and yes, unpredictable and a bit silly, if I may say so.

    • I did enjoy this even though I saw that ending coming from a mile away. πŸ˜‰ I think, with horror, I do lower my standards as so many are SO bad. I liked that this one at least put in a good effort. But don’t tell me the end of The Visit! Lol. Not seen it yet. πŸ˜‰ I want to but Shyamalan movies are so disappointing now that I was in no rush to see it right away.

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    • It’s predictable as hell. But fun. : ) Yay! I need to catch up on yours now too!!! 😦 Finally catching up on replying to comments today. This blog thing is a full time job!!

  5. Reblogged this on Cinema Parrot Disco and commented:

    Welcome to the start of CREEPY DOLLS WEEK! I’ll be doing new reviews starting tomorrow with 1978’s Magic, starring Anthony Hopkins & a creepy ventriloquist’s dummy. Today I’m reblogging my review of this year’s The Boy, which I must admit that I really enjoyed. The story was predictable but that porcelain doll face gave me the heebie jeebies & the film had a great 70s/80s vibe & would have fit in perfectly in those decades. It was a bit of simple “creepy doll” fun & I’d happily watch this movie again someday. πŸ™‚

  6. Reblogged this on Cinema Parrot Disco and commented:

    Welcome to the start of CREEPY DOLLS WEEK! I’ll be doing new reviews starting tomorrow with 1978’s Magic, starring Anthony Hopkins & a creepy ventriloquist’s dummy. Today I’m reblogging my review of this year’s The Boy, which I must admit that I really enjoyed. The story was predictable but that porcelain doll face gave me the heebie jeebies & the film had a great 70s/80s vibe & would have fit in perfectly in those decades. It was a bit of simple “creepy doll” fun & I’d happily watch this movie again someday. πŸ™‚

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