"The Boy" stars Lauren Cohan, Rupert Evans, Jim Norton, and Diana Hardcastle. Released on January 22, 2016, the film is about a nanny who is hired to take care of a doll who is treated like a living child by its parents.
The film is directed by William Brent Bell, who also directed Stay Alive, The Devil Inside, and Wer. The marketing for this film got my attention because of its strange concept and creepy atmosphere. I mean, surely it can't be as scary as The Forest, right? That's why I took the time to check this film out, to see if it is actually scary. To be honest, I was quite disappointed by how it turned out, but it did make me laugh in the most unexpected ways.
Some decent performances.
Creepy atmosphere with an effective buildup.
A couple of jump scares were used properly.
Weak screenplay and characters.
Pacing can be a bit slow at times.
Some moments were unintentionally funny rather than scary.
The third act was pretty dumb and ridiculous.
Final thoughts: "The Boy" failed to follow the rules of being a scary and creepy film, but it does had some pretty hilarious moments in the process. I'm not sure if it was my sense of humor that made the film look funny or if it was being dumb and funny by accident. Either way, I do feel that it belongs on the list of horror films that are unintentionally funny. Fans of horror films might not like this film, but those who like to laugh at them by accident might find it worth a watch.