Release Date: January 22nd.
Written by: Stacey Menear.
Directed by: William Brent Bell.
Starring: Lauren Cohan, Rupert Evans, and a creepy-ass doll named Brahms.
Studios make this kind of glossy, star-powered PG-13 Horror movie to appeal to the broadest audience possible, because they want to make money. Spend $10 or so million to make it, hope that it takes in 4 or 5 times that at the Box Office, and then make even more money, which is all pure profit by that point, when it hits VOD and DVD.
That's the formula. We get it.
Of course, that means that these types of "safe" Horror flicks have to be toned down as much as possible, so as not to alienate the younger audience. Gore, nudity, and anything else that would make kids unable to go see this movie on their own, usually tend to be watered down, or completely taken out of the average PG-13 Horror flick, which usually makes them play bland and uninspiring.
And that's why it's really hard for a movie like The Boy to be good. Not that it wasn't, because we enjoyed it for what it was, but it could have been so much better had they been able to add a little more bite to it.
This review is going to contain SPOILERS, so avoid the marked sections!
|WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK?|
|THAT'S RIGHT. LEARN TO LOVE HIM.|
|YEAH, THEY'RE SCREWED.|
Then again, there's a lot more going on in this movie than just the typical haunted doll shenanigans that you'd expect. In fact, the swerve at the end makes The Boy into something even creepier and more sinister than any old doll could ever do on its own.
|YEAH, IT SURPRISED US TOO.|
And that's the big issue we had with The Boy: it starts off being a supernatural story about a doll, and then tunes into a hider-in-the-house sort of thing about a killer. The reason that's a problem is because we liked the part with the grown-up, killer Brahms better than the creepy doll stuff, and we really wish that the movie would have given us more of it. Especially in something closer to R-rated form. We really liked the "Real" Brahms' mask, and the way that he so ferociously came after Greta and Malcolm.
Whatever the movie is or isn't though, it's really the presence of Lauren Cohan that makes it work as well as it does. The script is solid, as is the direction, but it's the beautiful Walking Dead star who grabbed out attention and held it. With her work on TWD, and the solid job she did carrying a movie on her shoulders for the first time, it's plain to see that Lauren Cohan is going to be around for a long time, and we're fine with that.
All in all, The Boy was a much better "big" theatrical Horror movie than we expected it to be.
|HOTTEST NANNY EVER.|
|THE DELETED SEX SCENE.|
|WHAT A TEASE.|
You could do a lot worse than giving The Boy a rent when it hits VOD in a couple of weeks.
The Boy will be available on Blu-ray & DVD on May 10th, and on VOD April 26th.