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The Boy (2015)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Thriller | 14 March 2015 (USA)
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An intimate portrait of a 9-year-old sociopath's growing fascination with death.
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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Morse ... John Henley
Jared Breeze ... Ted Henley
Rainn Wilson ... William Colby
Bill Sage ... Sheriff Deacon Whit
Mike Vogel ... Dad
Zuleikha Robinson ... Mom
Aiden Lovekamp ... Ben
David Valencia ... Marcus
Sam Morse Sam Morse ... Derek
Andres Echavarria Andres Echavarria ... Clayton
Luisa Brooke Luisa Brooke ... Alyson
Amalia Santa Maria Amalia Santa Maria ... Jennifer (as Amalia Santamaria)
Manuela Guerra Manuela Guerra ... Sara
Hong Kyu Park Hong Kyu Park ... Tommy
Victoria Escobar Victoria Escobar ... Lana


An intimate portrait of a 9-year-old sociopath's growing fascination with death.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Evil Always Begins Somewhere.


Drama | Horror | Thriller


Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

14 March 2015 (USA) See more »

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Did You Know?


The film takes place in the summer of 1989. See more »


The movie is set in 1989. When Ted and the other boy explore the sewer tunnel, Ted uses a multi-LED flashlight. LED flashlights were invented in 1998, and were not commercially available before 2001. See more »


Crimson and Clover
Written by Tommy James (uncredited) and Peter P. Lucia Jr. (uncredited)
Performed by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
Originally performed by Tommy James and Tommy James & The Shondells
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Atmospheric and eerily realistic
28 February 2016 | by utexashornsSee all my reviews

First, let me say that this film is very underrated because of those that don't appreciate psycho/social storyline building that does not have instant gratification. If you are one of those then move on- you wont appreciate this understated and psychological story.

The story shows how the pain, anger and isolation of a frustrated young boy can create just the right recipe for a Sociopath. It presents a story that is realistic and chilling as you watch the progression of the boy's desperation and thus psychosis taking hold of him. The atmosphere is quietly horrifying as you feel the constant loss and emptiness that surrounds this boy and the way it understandably sets the stage for his survival. He needs to get out of there and get away, but is becoming more and more socially awkward do to the isolation and heavy depression that surrounds him. This creates an emotional numbness that leads him to distract himself with creating drama and destruction around him until he finally decides to find his opportunity to escape by any means necessary.

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