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Reviewed by Kevin Scott
The Boy (2016)
Written by: Stacey Menear
Directed by: William Brent Bell
The scenario most always plays out the same way. A break out hit film or show with an ensemble cast spawns many unrelated off shoots with members of that cast allowed to showcase their talents on a singular level. Sometimes it’s spectacular, sometimes it’s tragic, and sometimes a film that would have completely flown under the radar, breaks through the haze of obscurity because of one golden ticket. That ticket is name recognition, and if the film isn’t a hit, it will at least find its place as a footnote in genre history.
If asking anyone about “The Boy” that might be interested in going to see a film of its ilk, »
The Boy was one of the big surprises this year for obvious reasons to those that have seen the movie. Before we jump into the final act, let’s talk about how this all came about. How did you get involved with this project and how far along was the story when you came on board?
William Brent Bell: I really wanted to do something out of the horror space and more in science fiction, or I wanted to do something really intimate and creepy, like a ghost story in a house. I met with Gary Lucchesi, the president of Lakeshore Entertainment, and he asked me if I’d read a script of theirs, which was The Boy. »
- Jonathan James
Tuesday, May 10th looks to be a pretty big day in home entertainment, as we have over 20 different genre-related titles coming our way this week. Universal Studios is bringing home The Boy to both Blu-ray and DVD, and fans can finally get their hands all over Deadpool, which is also getting released on both formats this Tuesday courtesy of 20th Century Fox.
Scream Factory is resurrecting the Patty Duke thriller, You’ll Like My Mother, in HD on May 10th, and Raro Video will release the cult classic Giallo film The Perfume of the Lady in Black on Blu-ray as well. We also have several great indie genre efforts making their way home on May 10th, including Synchronicity, Regression and the Wnuf Halloween Special.
- Heather Wixson
Director William Brent Bell talks about making his modern Gothic classic The Boy. “PG-13 is such a pain in the ass…” So says director William Brent Bell, the brain behind the wildly Gothic gem The Boy (read our rave review here), released last year to sturdy box office and typically mixed fan and critic response.…
- Chris Alexander
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will release The Boy on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand beginning May 10th, and we’ve been provided with two Blu-ray prize packs to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers.
Prize Details: (2) Winners will receive:
How to Enter: For a chance to win, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “The Boy Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.
Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on May 10th. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per household will be accepted.
Press Release: “Universal City, California, March 9, 2016 – A young American woman uncovers the menacing nature of the English family she cares for in The Boy, a terrifying »
- Derek Anderson
We loved William Brent Bell’s film The Boy (review up this week!), and the good folks over at Universal thought it would be nice to see if you fright fanatics would too. We’ve partnered up with Universal to give out (2) prize packs for the creepy doll film (now on Digital HD and hitting Bluray/DVD/VOD on May 10th), each one containing a Bluray/Digital HD copy of the scarefest, along with a t-shirt and special candle.
From Lakeshore Entertainment (Exorcism of Emily Rose and The Underworld Franchise) and Stx Entertainment (The Gift, Secret in Their Eyes), the film is a frightening thrill ride directed by William Brent Bell (The Devil Inside) and starring Lauren Cohan (“The Walking Dead”).
Greta (Cohan) is a young American woman who takes a job as a nanny in a remote English village. She soon discovers that the family’s 8-year-old is a »
- Jerry Smith
A young American woman is uncovering the menacing nature of the English family she has recently signed on to care for in this year’s frightening mystery film, ‘The Boy.’ In the latest horror movie from genre director William Brent Bell, ‘The Walking Dead’ actress Lauren Cohan discovers that not every seemingly ideal couple is as endearing and picturesque as they initially seem. That tense revelation is being made as the movie, which is now available on Digital HD, is set to be released on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand on May 10 by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. In celebration of the horror thriller’s home release, Shockya is offering two lucky [ Read More ]
The post The Boy Blu-ray and Digital HD Giveaway Reveals a Family’s Menacing Secrets appeared first on Shockya.com. »
- Karen Benardello
This tired chiller bases its scares around a child-like doll but its mundane surroundings more recall Harry Hill than Chucky
With the The Witch and 10 Cloverfield Lane currently marking the ascent of measured suspense within genre cinema, the crash-bang-wallop merchants have launched a counteroffensive. This intrinsically mediocre non-chiller transplants the hackneyed methods of 2014’s Annabelle to the English countryside, dispatching an uptight Lauren Cohan to the residence of the haughtily eccentric Heelshires to nanny their “son” Brahms – a child-sized porcelain doll. A vessel for everyone’s grief, Brahms is intended as creepy, yet in these cheap-looking surrounds he rather resembles a stray Harry Hill prop; an endless string of restless Pov shots can’t transform a tchotchke into a credible threat. Elsewhere, gimmickmonger William Brent Bell (The Devil Inside) has only careworn gotchas to offer, and he exhausts those long before the indifferently staged stalk-and-slash finale. These movies need new toys to play with. »
- Mike McCahill
By Seth Metoyer
There's really something creepy about dolls. Ever since I watched The Twilight Zone episode 'Living Doll' as a kid, that damn Talky Tina has haunted me. Over the years there have been plenty of terrifying doll-in-film movies and next up on the plastic chopping block is The Boy.
The movie will debut on Digital HD on April 26, 2016 and hit Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand on May 10, 2016. Check out all the details below, and hey, don't talk to creepy dolls.
From The Press Release:
A young American woman uncovers the menacing nature of the English family she cares for in The Boy, a terrifying thriller debuting on Digital HD on April 26, 2016 and on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand »
Some fun stuff dropping this month! A gory ’80s slasher, a thoughtful Sci-Fi epic, Lego superheroes, and More. Yes. More. No lie. Needle in my eye, etc. More.
Hailed by both critics and audiences, Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus, and the entire gang hit the big screen in their first 3D foray last year. Extras include featurettes like “You Never Grow Up, Charlie Brown,” “6 Snoopy Snippets,” and Meghan Trainor’s video for “Better When I’m Dancin’.” You know you want to revisit your youth. You know you want to fly with the Red Baron! You know you want to dance with Meghan Trainor!
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Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe, and the X-men’s Professor X, James McAvoy, join forces to breathe new life (so to speak) into one of the greatest horror stories ever told. Told from Igor’s perspective, this »
- Harker Jones
Chilling thriller The Boy scheduled to hit home video. Back in January, we gushed over director William Brent Bell’s Gothic melodrama/mystery The Boy and you can read that glowing review right Here. The film was slow, strange, eerie, comfortable, mildly kinky and was grounded by an absolutely first-rate performance by The Walking Dead‘s Lauren Cohan.…
The post The Boy Heading to Home Video appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Chris Alexander
While the January output of horror movies has been less than stellar in recent years, The Boy pleasantly surprised quite a few people that were expecting a “by the numbers” horror movie. If you didn’t have a chance to check it out on the big screen, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment will give us The Boy Blu-ray and DVD release in May, with an early release on Digital HD:
“Universal City, California, March 9, 2016 – A young American woman uncovers the menacing nature of the English family she cares for in The Boy, a terrifying thriller debuting on Digital HD on April 26, 2016 and on Blu-ray, DVD, and On Demand on May 10, 2016, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. From Lakeshore Entertainment (Exorcism of Emily Rose and The Underworld Franchise) and Stx Entertainment (The Gift, Secret in Their Eyes), the film is a frightening thrill ride directed by William Brent Bell (The Devil Inside) and »
- Jonathan James
The Boy, 2016.
Directed by William Brent Bell.
An American nanny is shocked that her new English family’s boy is actually a life-sized doll. After violating a list of strict rules, disturbing events make her believe that the doll is really alive.
From the director of The Devil Inside (one of the worst movies of 2012) comes The Boy, sure to be one of the worst movies of 2016 when all is said and done. It never once makes its premise anything less than ridiculous, ensuring that you are only laughing at it, instead of being compelled by the mystery surrounding the porcelain child doll.
From the very beginning, the shockingly bad script forces upon Greta (The Walking Dead‘s Lauren Cohan) an onslaught of illogical reasons for her to stick around the gothic residence located in an isolated English village, »
- Robert Kojder
Shock reviews William Brent Bell’s new psychodrama The Boy. Like the recently released date night horror film The Forest, The Boy is a PG-13 picture aimed to target a wide audience. And like The Forest, The Boy serves primarily as a showcase for a starlet from a cult TV show: Game Of Thrones’ Natalie Dormer…
The post Review: The Boy is an Atmospheric, Wildly Gothic Gem appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Chris Alexander
In life, we have to make tough decisions. Last night, a Friday night after an extremely long work week, I made such a decision when I volunteered to see The Boy of my own volition. With no critics’ screenings being offered in the Us, and no midnight openings in NYC, I braved an impending Snowmageddon to weigh in on William Brent Bell’s housebound horror film – and can report that it’s the repugnant genre dumpsterfire you’d expect from a January release. Good ‘effing lord, do I really need to write another 500 words about what a stale, vapid chore this delightless thriller is?
Lauren Cohan stars as Greta, an American nanny who takes a job in a desolate English village. When her car pulls up, Greta is greeted by a gothic looking mansion owned by by the Heelshire family, who talk highly of their son, Brahms. When it comes »
- Matt Donato
Create your own The Boy fan art for the chance to win a stack of cash. Now, this is kinda cool… We’ve been talking often about the upcoming William Brent Bell-directed, haunted doll chiller The Boy. In their bid to get others talking about it as well, Stx Entertainment and Lakeshore Entertainment have launched a…
The post Attention Artists! Submit Your Own The Boy Fan Art and Win! appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Chris Alexander
Stx Entertainment served up their new horror/thriller movie, "The Boy," into theaters today, January 22nd, 2016, and we've got some reviews in from a couple of the major,top movie critics in the biz, and it's not such great news. Although, I have seen worse. They gave it some 40 and 50 grades out of a possible 100 at the Metacritic.com site. The film stars: Ben Robson, Diana Hardcastle, James Russell, Jim Norton, Lauren Cohan and Rupert Evans. We've added statements from the scarce, 2 critics that managed to give it a look-see. Katie Rife over at The A.V. Club, gave it a just average 50 grade, claiming: "At least, maybe The Boy can lead some novices to better, more original horror movies." Then Joe Leydon over at Variety, gave it a 40 grade. He stated: "Despite the assiduous grinding of plot mechanics by William Brent Bell (“The Devil Inside”) and scripter Stacey Menear, »
- Andre Braddox
Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, January 22. All synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise. Wide The 5th Wave Director: J Blakeson Cast: Chloe Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson, Ron Livingston, Maggie Siff, Zackary Arthur, Maika Monroe, Alex Roe, Liev Schreiber, Maria Bello Synopsis: "Four waves of increasingly deadly alien attacks have left most of Earth decimated. Cassie is on the run, desperately trying to save her younger brother." The Boy Director: William Brent Bell Cast: Lauren Cohan, Rupert Evans, Jim Norton, Diana Hardcastle, Ben Robson, James Russell Synopsis: "Greta is a young American woman who takes a job as a nanny in a remote English village, only to discover that the family’s 8-year-old is a life-sized doll that the parents care for just like a real boy, as a way to cope with the death of their actual son 20 years prior. »
- Steve Greene
While it’s arguable that their performances are not quite Oscar-caliber, the lead players in “The Boy” nonetheless merit kudos of some sort simply for maintaining straight faces while muddling through the absurdities of this tepid horror opus. Despite the assiduous grinding of plot mechanics by William Brent Bell (“The Devil Inside”) and scripter Stacey Menear, the movie never fully distracts its audience from the inherent silliness of its premise — a young woman is hired by an elderly couple as a nanny for a life-sized doll — and, as a result, is more likely to elicit laughs and rude remarks rather than screams and rooting interest. Still, a respectable opening-weekend gross is possible, given the current lack of similar product in the megaplex marketplace.
- Joe Leydon
A new PG-13 horror (The Boy), an R-rated comedy (Dirty Grandpa) and a sci-fi thriller (The 5th Wave) make up the new releases hitting theaters this weekend and they all stand to make around $10-12 million. Meanwhile The Revenant is looking to score a #1 finish in its third weekend in wide release, but it's going to need another strong hold to top last weekend's champ, Ride Along 2. The Revenant has finished second the past two weekends, but is finally looking to cross the finish line in first. The 12-time Oscar nominee has grossed nearly $50 million since Oscar nominations were announced last Thursday, following not only an outstanding first weekend, but delivering a mere 20.2% drop last weekend. This weekend the film expands its reach into an additional 152 theaters, which includes 186 IMAX runs and 268 Premium Large Format (Plf) runs. That said, a 35% drop almost seems a worst case scenario as it »
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