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The Boy Movie Review

Updated on May 23, 2016
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Alec is a film critic with a true passion for the film industry & hopes his reviews and articles will help launch his career.


The Boy does a great job at keeping you in suspense. In the beginning, it comes off as a bit silly and maybe these old people have absolutely lost it. As the film progresses, though, you realize that these people are just as much prisoners as Greta (Lauren Conrad) is about to become.

An elderly couple asks Greta to come care for their boy while they are away. Greta soon finds out that this boy is a life-size doll. She laughs, thinking it's a joke but they are quite serious. His name is Brahms, and he has a list of rules that must be followed. A grocer named Malcolm comes once a week to bring Greta groceries and another week's pay. Greta takes a liking to Malcolm and they inevitably want to see more of each other. But Brahms doesn't like that. In fact, one of his rules is "No Guests".

The progression of the film is perfect. I was never bored or wondering when the credits would arrive. It kept me engaged, interested, and most of all, thoroughly creeped out. There was never a point that was all-out scary but there are plenty of uncomfortable moments.

Actually, I did perform an experiment while watching this one. I know how most horror films now have that deep bass or maybe something in the distance that's supposed to keep you on edge. Sometimes, those don't exactly work out either. Hence, my experiment in making the experience better. I turned on the surround sound and, yes, it helped tremendously. The experiment was successful to say the least. Now I want to try it on The Conjuring and Annabelle to see if it has the same effect on them.

In conclusion, The Boy is definitely worth seeing. I'll leave it up to you to decide whether it does anything for you or not. It did for me. I certainly won't be going near a life-size doll anytime soon.

© 2016 Alec Zander


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