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The Boy

The Boy
  • 2016
  • US/China/Canada
  • 97 min
  • 15
  • Directed by: William Brent Bell
  • Cast: Lauren Cohan, Rupert Evans, James Russell
  • UK release: 18 March 2016

US nanny Greta (Cohan), working for an elderly couple in England, finds a doll called Brahms which he suspects is possessed by the spirit of a dead boy. No-frills, few-thrills fantasy, heavily reliant on dream sequences for jump scares, which goes nowhere and takes its time to get there.

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The Boy

14 Mar 20162 stars

Initially atmospheric but ultimately frustrating possessed doll horror

The possessed doll trope has been a horror movie staple from 1945’s Dead of Night to the ongoing Chucky franchise. The success of 2013’s The Conjuring and its spin-off Annabelle are the likely inspirations behind The Boy, a no frills, few thrills dark…

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