Wednesday, July 4, 2018
The Boy (2016) 1h 37m
I'm not sure about you, but any time I dare to enter a Wal-Mart I head straight to the DVD section just to check out the cheap shit. Over the last six months or so I've seen copies of today's movie staring at me from the shelves. I hadn't heard of it, never even bothered to pick it up and read the back, but I still felt strangely drawn to it. Luckily it has shown up on Netflix recently and the dice were on my side when I rolled.
The Boy starts with Gretta, a woman attempting to put her life together after an abusive relationship. She takes a short-term yet high paying nanny position away from home. Upon arrival to the grand estate, Gretta is greeted by the parents and a life size porcelain doll, their son, Brahms. Given a strict schedule to follow, our nanny is expected to wake up, dress, feed, and provide lessons to the doll while the parents are away on holiday. Gretta instantly chalks this up as insane and shirks her duties until strange things begin to happen in relation to Brahms.
I'm jumping right in and saying this film has one of the best reveals I've seen in a long time. Through the course of this entire movie we are left wondering if the doll is haunted. Hearing disembodied footsteps, a child's voice, shadows moving under closed doors, and the doll ending up in places where it was not left. So when the explanation comes blasting out of nowhere I popped hard for it. One of the hypest moments I've had watching a recent horror film.
Alas, I do have a complaint, and that is that despite this amazing moment, I'm left the same way I felt after watching High Tension. Now that I know where the rabbit hole goes, I have no reason to go back and watch this again on my own. It was still a great movie, but ignorance is bliss when it comes to these types of horror films. You want to be scared by the unknown. Think of how boring Scooby Doo would be if Velma just walked up to the person from the start and said "It's this scumbag!"
I give The Boy 3.5 supposedly haunted dolls out of 5: