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’.
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.
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.
How have you not seen this? – Deathbyapril- April Ely.
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