The Boy (2016) – Official Trailer (REACTION)
Despite there being thousands upon thousands of film production companies and distributors, when you get right down to it, the entire film landscape is owned by four key players; Warner Bros, 20th Century Fox, Universal and Disney. There are a few others here and there, but those are the key four. With an increasingly insular entertainment industry it’s getting harder and harder for new distributors to get a foothold. Movie-making is incredibly expensive so it takes a lot of capital just to start a new company, let alone keep one afloat. Thankfully, film producer Robert Simonds (‘Cheaper By The Dozen‘, ‘The Pink Panther‘, ‘Big Daddy’ and more) has a lot of money and started up STX Entertainment who burst onto the scene earlier this year with the critically acclaimed modest box-office hit ‘The Gift‘.
In terms of upcoming projects from STX Entertainment we have ‘Secret in Their Eyes‘ starring acting heavyweights Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts, ‘The Free State of Jones‘ starring Matthew McConaughey and Gugu Mbatha-Raw and the Roger Ebert/Russ Meyer biopic ‘Russ & Roger Go Beyond‘ starring Josh Gad and Will Ferrell. But one of their upcoming projects had a trailer drop last week and that’s for the low-budget, supernatural horror movie known as ‘The Boy‘. The titular “Boy” in question is actually a life-size porcelain doll that…
Okay, full discloser here; I hate inanimate doll movies. No, not because the quality of them is bad (as with all movie genres or sub-genres it’s case-by-case) but because I am genuinely creeped out and scared of creepy dolls or inanimate objects coming to life.
This concept has been well-mined in fiction, whether it’s the “Living Doll” episode of ‘The Twilight Zone‘ (one of their best episodes), the ‘Child’s Play‘ franchise (the latest one, ‘Curse of Chucky‘ is actually the best), the movie ‘Annabelle‘ last year (which was shit) so ‘The Boy‘ is hardly original. But this trailer seems to tease one of the best feature-length versions of the story to date.
Obviously, the film seems to have a solid production. It was filmed on location in an actual house, it looks well filmed and very atmospheric, though director William Brent Bell’s last film was the abominable, truly poor horror movie ‘The Devil Inside‘ (let’s hope Bell is able to do better when not confined by the objectively terrible found-footage horror approach) and the boy is creepy as all hell.
But what intrigues me the most about ‘The Boy‘ is the air of disillusionment from the boy’s parents. You see, the concept of the movie is that two English parents lost their son and now keep this porcelain boy and treat it as if it’s their son as a coping mechanism. Obviously, it’s going to turn out that the doll is actually possessed (whether it’s by the boy, Brahms, or by another spirit is an entirely different matter) but I wonder how far they’ll push the idea that this has been brought on by the parent’s grief and most of it could be self-fulfilling.
If the trailer is any indication, however, the parents will be out of the picture for most of the film as it actually focuses on Lauren Cohan as Greta, a nanny brought in to care for Brahms with a strict set of rules to follow. One of these rules is “Never Leave Him Alone” which seems a bit impossible for a Nanny as Greta is seen showering.
So what, does she have to leave Brahms in the shower-room with her? What about when she sleeps? Does she just leave Brahms in the corner of the room, sat on a chair with his unblinking, unflinching eyes staring deep into her as she becomes more and more convinced that the fucking life-sized doll is actually alive and…
NOPE! I’M DONE HERE!
NO CREEPY DOLLS!
‘The Boy‘ will be released in the U.S. on January 22nd 2016. If you’re worried that it’s been moved there because January is a dumping ground for movies, don’t fret. Its original release date was February 5th 2016 which would have pitted it against ‘Hail, Caesar!‘ and ‘Pride and Prejudice and Zombies‘. It’s just the smarter play.
‘The Boy‘ does not yet have a U.K. distributor, though it’s likely that ‘The Gift‘ U.K. distributor, Lionsgate, will pick it up soon.
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Posted: 19th Oct 15