Monday, 21 March 2016

The Boy Review

Director: William Brent Bell
Writer: Stacey Menear
Starring: Lauren Cohen, Rupert Evans and James Russell

Greta (Lauren Cohen) escapes an abusive relationship in the states and moves to England to take a temporary job as a Nanny for Mr & Mrs Heelshire. When Greta is introduced to the couples child Brahms, he is in fact not a real boy at all but a porcelain doll. She is given a strict list of rules to follow while the couple are away. At first Greta pays no attention to the list but when a series of strange events happen she soon starts to think that maybe the doll is alive after all.

I could not wait to see this film just like I couldnt wait to see director William Brent Bells other horror The Devil Inside and once again I was left disappointed. Bell seems to keep the movie quite slow moving just to make his climax in the last five minutes seem that more exciting. Well Mr Bell we like excitement the whole way through the film not just the last few minutes. 

There are some good suspense sequences through the movie and Lauren Cohen did a great job but this wasn't enough to save it for me. With Annabelle we were given a very poor cast so at least with this movie we got a likable cast. I love a good creepy doll movie but it seems no one is getting it quite right at the moment. If we had the late great Wes Craven in the directors chair and writing the screenplay I am sure we would have had a much more impressive movie. The premise of the story is good but Menear and Bell just did not do it justice.

A very mediocre horror. And with the reviews that 10 Cloverfield Lane and The Witch are getting this movie had a lot to contend with. I give it a low 2/5.

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