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Mario Bautista, has been with the entertainment industry for more than 4 decades. He writes regular columns for People's Journal and Malaya.

Jan 23, 2016

The Boy Movie Review: Those Who Love A Good Scare Will Enjoy It

A YOUNG AMERICAN woman, Greta (Lauren Cohan of “Walking Dead”), wants to escape from a troubled past and goes to a small village in England to work as the nanny of a rich couple’s 8-year old son named Brahms. Mr. and Mrs. Heelshire (Jim Norton and Diana Hardcastle) are going on a vacation and they leave Greta a strict set of rules she is set to follow in taking care of Brahms.

They warn her that if she would break the rules, the result might be something terrible. They add: “If you love him, he will love you back.” But Greta is surprised when she discovers that Brahms is not a real boy but a life-sized porcelain doll who his parents treat like he’s actually human. In “Annabelle” (the prequel to the hit horror flick “The Conjuring”), the horrifying scenes emanate from a creepy girl doll. This time, meet Brahms in “The Boy”, said to be Annabelle’s even creepier and deadlier boyfriend.

“The Boy” will make you follow Greta’s terrifying journey after she disobeys the rules for Brahms: No guests; Play loud music; Read a bedtime story; Do not cover Brahms’ face; Never leave him alone; Don’t forget to feed him. Soon, Greta’s life is slowly transformed into a living nightmare, making her believe that the porcelain doll is actually alive. Directed by William Brent Bell of ‘The Devil Inside’, this movie’s twisted climax is an edge-of-your seat heart-pounding experience in fright. For sure, all those who love to get a good scare will enjoy it.

It turns out that Brahms actually lived before but he died in a fire at the home of the Heelshires twenty years ago. Even then, he was already believed to be an evil boy, suspected of killing one of his playmates in the woods near their home. Lauren Cohan does well as the woman hired to take care of him but who he later terrorizes.

She’s adequately supported by Rupert Evans as the grocery delivery man who is the only person Greta gets to see after she is left alone with the doll. He shares with her some mysterious stories about the Heelshire family’s strange background. Greta ultimately realizes that she was not just hired to be a nanny. She was actually chosen to be something else. See if you could join Greta every step of the way in her macabre trip into terror. Prepare to scream out loud and be sure you have someone you can clutch onto while watching this highly suspenseful horrorfest.>