The Boy (William Brent Bell 2016)

We all remember the great original ‘Child’s Play’ (Tom Holland 1988) and the horrific films that came after. We remember how Anabelle was one of the creepiest parts of ‘The Conjuring’ (James wan 2013), which resulted in the less impressive spin off ‘Anabelle’ (John R. Leonetti 2014). So obviously there was a gap in the market for a new film about a creepy doll, resulting in STX Entertainment to make ‘The Boy’.

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When Greta (Lauren Cohan) leaves America and comes over to the UK to escape from her crazy ex, she is hired by a lovely family to babysit their child. However, the child turns out to be a …doll. But as this is a horror film, the doll is no ordinary doll (or is it? dun dun dun). Greta is given a series of rules to follow, in order to not piss the doll off. It’s like a twisted ‘Night at the Museum’ (Shawn Levy 2006). Except it’s a lot more frightening and the previous care takers are a suicidal and insane.

Greta however, like the normal person she is, ignores the doll at first. She simply covers it up and flirts with the grocery boy. But when the very polite doll leaves a peanut butter and jam sandwich out for her (oh the horror) she learns pretty quickly to follow the rules. Yes, just act as a slave to a 3 ft. glass doll for the rest of your life or he will kill you… I’m pretty sure the boy can’t leave the house so she could just get a less terrifying job.

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Like some of the best horror films out there, you don’t really see anything scary right up until the end when all hell breaks loose and a huge plot twist occurs. The huge plot twist is so unexpected it basically changes the genre of the film. But not too dramatically, don’t worry Greta doesn’t end up falling in love with him or anything. That would be a weird film.

 

The film constantly keeps you on edge with some great close ups of the boy but without seeing him move. This happens a lot so just watch out for anything.  When he does move it’s shown in a POV (point of view), much like the incredible opening for the original ‘Halloween’ (John Carpenter 1978). You get to see all the horror without seeing the monster. Don’t worry though, when her arse of an ex shows up, she asks the doll for his help and he comes to the rescue. This is something we get to see. It’s great when the killer murders someone we actually want to die. Who knew an evil toy would be so helpful?

The best part of the film is defiantly just the fact that they cast Maggie to play Greta… well Lauren Cohan. The only reason I really wanted to watch the film was because of ‘The Walking Dead’s (AMC) Maggie running around looking after dolls rather than killing walkers. You just sit there and wait for Glenn to show up and save the day.

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LOS ANGELES, CA – NOVEMBER 23: Actress Lauren Cohan attends the 2014 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/AMA2014/Getty Images)

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‘The Impossible’ (Juan Antonio Bayona 2012)

In late 2004 one of the most infamous natural disasters occurred, the Tsunami in Thailand. So we can always expect Hollywood to turn this tragic event into a movie. ‘The Impossible’ (Juan Antonio Bayona 2012) took on that challenge and created one of the most heartfelt movies I have ever watched.

When a British family travel to Thailand over Christmas holiday they are unfortunately in the swimming pool of their resort that happens to be located right in front of the ocean. This results in the family being washed away, crushed and separated from each other. 1000 of Thai people had a fantastic story so they based the film on one British family but us Westerners can relate more if it’s about one of us. It’s a lot like Titanic (James Cameron, 1997) an event that caused 100 of stories so they decided to make one up. But when they have stars such as Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor we can’t really complain.

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The first half of the film follows the mother aka. Naomi Watts and her eldest son, they walk through the water and debris with the most disgusting looking leg injury I have seen outside of a horror film. This is a film not for the faint of heart. I can sit and watch any Saw film without really flinching but some of the cuts, bumps and bruises in this film caused a few shrieks from me. We witness the two fight for survival and save the lives of other traumatised holiday goers. When Naomi is out of commission her eldest spends his time attempting to reunite families and if you don’t think that is truly awe inspiring … just … you don’t have a heart.

We then get the dad aka. Ewan and the two youngest who attempt to look for the remainder of their family… but who wouldn’t try and look for their family! We see them loose hope and see me cry into my jar of Nutella. Unfortunately, he gets separated from his two little children … Basically everyone is separated and it’s heart breaking.

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The directing style, use of sound and acting skills brings the horrific story into the real world, whilst slowly breaking both the characters and the audience. It is however (apart from The Lovely Bones, Peter Jackson 2009) the only film that I have cried both happy and sad tears. It is definitely an emotional film.

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The Lovely Bones (Peter Jackson, 2009)

The Lovely Bones is just one of those films that you either cry throughout at or don’t show any emotion because you clearly have no soul. The film takes you on an emotional roller-coaster as Susie Salmon (Saoirse Ronan) gets a front row seat to her family and her murderer after she is brutally killed at the age of 14.  We get to see how her family cope with the loss of a child, what it’s like on the way to haven and what a child murderer gets up to in his spear time.

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Throughout we have a running commentary from Susie Salmon who simply refuses to move on, she is still in love with a boy and refuses to leave her farther. Jack Salmon (Mark Wahlberg) does what all great fathers’ do and simply refuses to stop looking. They technically never found the body, thanks to the police not actually looking in the safe in the basement of the killer. Therefore, he spends every waking moment in an attempt to find her and get a bit of revenge. But to see this from Susie’s point of view is just painful to watch. Can you imagine watching your family trying to get over you if you were murdered? As a girl at university who gets extremely home sick, the thought of seeing my family like that is truly upsetting.

“These were the lovely bones that had grown around my absence: the connections-sometimes tenuous, sometimes made at great cost, but often magnificent-that happened after I was gone. And I began to see things in a way that let me hold the world without me in it. The events that my death wrought were merely the bones of a body that would become whole at some unpredictable time in the future. The price of what I came to see as this miraculous body had been my life.”
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On the way to Haven she is able to explore the space between with a few of the murderers George Harvey (Stanley Tucci) other victims. Not the kind of club you really want to be a part of. However, she tries to move on, forcing her to see snippets from the real wold and the beautiful afterlife. If that’s what purgatory looks like, I’m sure Haven is incredible.  The art department sure needs to win a few awards for these incredible landscapes.

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Despite everything looking incredible, you constantly feel slightly on edge and for anyone who has seen the film, you will understand. When her little sister goes into the killers’ house to find some evidence your heart is beating far too loud! The pace is set incredibly well and the fantastic directing style and film techniques used throughout really create tension and just pure emotion. The quick cuts and colour pallets put you in the between and clearly outlines the difference between life and death. The use of sound just tells you what you should be feeling and you unintentially listen. If the music is happy, you get happy tears or if is scary, you are just uneasy.  This and ‘The Impossible’ (J.A. Bayona, 2012) are the only two film I have happy cried at so they defiantly deserve a few medals!

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The acting from Stanley Tucci is fantastic, considering he looks like a serial killer in the film. No one seems to think it’s him… for a while at least. He can play creepy and manipulating so well. It must take a bit of guts to play a character who murders small girls. If you though ‘The Walking Dead’s’ Governor or ‘Game of Thrones’ Joffrey were bad then wait to you meet this guy. But don’t worry just desserts are served. And Susie gets her happyish ending.

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All can really say about the film is that you WILL CRY !!!

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The Walking Dead, Last Day on Earth (Greg Nicotero, 2016)

The season 6 finale of The Walking Dead shocked audiences and left them desperately needing answers. WHO DIED?! Many people on the Twitter pole have guessed Glenn, Daryl or Eugene. We do however know that it wasn’t Carl, not just because Negan said but also because you can clearly see all of Negan. On the other hand, many people are also saying that it was the camera man who was bludgeoned to death by a bat wrapped in barbed wire. If the episode wasn’t traumatic enough, leave it to the internet to make a few dozen Memes to add to the pain.

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When Maggie falls Ill due to her pregnancy, the group attempt to drive over to Hill Top for medical attention. However, when the saviours block their path with a number of obstacles, the group decide to walk the rest of the way.  BUT to the annoyance of the entire world, they get captured by the saviours and the deadly Negan. Negan wants the group to work for them and to sign the new work agreement he kills one of the group members. Unfortunately, we don’t know who it is.

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The whole episode left everyone on edge because of the knowledge that someone was going to get smacked with a bat. I pretty much struggled to watch, waiting for someone to die and waiting for Negan to make an appearance. With Negan teaching both the characters and audience just how scary he can be, each road block gets more intense.  There are more people, weapons and dead bodies along the way, as well as a few Katniss impressions. All this leads up to the capture of our group. Well everyone except Morgan and Carol.5cac6e33a11c4c52cc582730a7f745fe

During the most stressful scene in the shows history Negan walks out the trailer like he owns the world. But it is terrifying, even the merciless Rick Grimes is terrified. You know when Risk is scared something is seriously wrong. You sit and watch as each member is threatened and fearful for their lives. The acting is truly incredible to look THAT hopeless. Things seem even more impressive once you learn that they took 15 hours to film this scene. That’s 15 hours of sitting on your knees and crying.

To stick to the comics Negan begins to chant Ennie meenie to decide who to murder. Thanks to the framing and filming techniques we are left disoriented in position of character and are given a POV of the victim. Yes, the show did the evil thing and killed someone off without us knowing who. I know I am going to grieve but I don’t know who for! I can’t deal with this. Not even the cast know who died.

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The show is difficult to watch and just bloody fantastic. However, I feel that the walkers are no longer the main threat. The show brings to light the animalistic and evil nature of man. The prospects for a zombie apocalypse no longer seem as cool.

I will say that the episode was a huge improvement from the other season finales, especially season 5. The 90 minute spectacular from season 5 didn’t really shock audiences and leave them wanting more but trust me they made up for it in season 6.

 

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