The trailer for the upcoming neo-gothic chiller The Boy has been racking up some serious views over the past few days (closing in on 5M) and it’s easy to see why: It’s scary as hell! The movie, directed by William Brent Bell (The Devil Inside), written by Stacey Menear, and starring Lauren Cohan (TV’s The Walking Dead), is set to hit US theaters on January 22, 2016.
Don’t blame me if this one keeps you up at night!
Official Synopsis: A young American woman, Greta (Cohan), takes a job as a nanny in a remote English village. When she arrives, she discovers that the 8-year-old boy she was hired to care for is actually a life-size porcelain doll that the parents treat like a real boy, as a way to cope with the death of their son. After violating a list of strict rules, disturbing events lead Greta to become increasingly convinced that the doll might actually be alive.
Considering this movie was filmed in March of this year, one couldn’t be faulted for assuming STX Entertainment is jumping on the “scary doll” bandwagon. Let’s face it, the subgenre is hot; the straight-to-DVD release of the rebooted Child’s Play, The Curse of Chucky, was a surprise hit in 2013. And Annabelle was such a show-stealer in The Conjuring she landed her own franchise! Earlier this summer, UK cinema-goers got to experience Robert the Doll, produced by North Bank Entertainment; this one is based on the “real-life” inspiration for Chucky.
Still, The Boy looks immensely entertaining—and creepy as fuck! And while the babysitter-in-peril troupe is hardly a fresh idea in horror, it’s a guilty pleasure that, honestly, I never seem to tire of (but perhaps that’s just me). If nothing else, the neo-Gothic aesthetic and mournful undertone gives The Boy an air of artistic integrity, a seriousness that’s certainly lacking in other killer-doll or puppet horror flicks.
Of course, with anything Gothic, madness is always a possibility!
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