Film Preview: The Boy (2016)

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(January 17, 2016) Original

Release Date:

January 22, 2016

Synopsis:

From IMDb: “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.”

Poster Rating: B- / C- / C+

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Review: (#1) A somewhat creepy scene sets up a haunted house story effectively enough though it doesn’t set up the narrative that well. (#2) Setting out the rules doesn’t seem that interesting in this foreign poster design. It’s not very frightening or disconcerting. (#3) Perhaps a fitting target to Asian markets, this design acknowledges the porcelain visage of the boy, but isn’t atmospheric or haunting enough to be of much use.

Trailer Rating: C+

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Review: Establishing an atmosphere is key with a film like this and while it looks like a convincing haunted house yarn, the scares are telegraphed to the audience, which might not create the level of interest desired.

Oscar Prospects:

None.

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