Monday, October 23, 2017

Countdown To Halloween // Day Twenty-Three

Welcome back to day twenty-three of my countdown to Halloween series, where I share all of my favourite Halloween films. Today's film is...

Halloween Film List The Boy 2016 Review Petit Belle Chaton

The film follows Greta Evans (Lauren Cohan) as she takes a nannying job for 8-year-old Brahms at Heelshire Manor, which is located in the remote English countryside. Upon her first meeting with Brahms, she realises that he is, in fact, a life-size porcelain doll and Mr And Mrs Heelshire care for him like he's a real child; to help them cope with the loss of their own child, who died 20 years prior. Greta is left with a list of rules that she must abide by when looking after Brahms and is warned that he doesn't like it when the rules aren't followed; but as he's just a doll, she doesn't stick to them and then strange things start to happen, which leads her to believe that maybe Brahms is alive...

Over the years, we've certainly had more than enough horror films that feature creepy dolls. I used to really love them when I was a lot younger but as time has gone on, they have started to feel completely stale; and the plots always go down the same route, of the doll being possessed by some evil spirit who wants to kill as many people as possible and to end it, the doll must be destroyed. Blah, blah, blah - you know the drill.

When I first heard about The Boy (2016) I thought it would follow the same cliche tropes as used in The Conjuring (2013) and Annabelle (2014) but upon seeing the trailer, it actually looked quite interesting so I thought I'd give it a chance.

As I've already said, it's not a new concept at all but even so, I really did enjoy this film. Others haven't been so easily swayed and this film gets a lot of hate and I'm not quite sure why that is because it's so much better than the likes of Annabelle (2014) which relies solely on jump scares and quick cuts. One of the biggest flaws of the horror genre is when films lack in the narrative and don't give us any form of backstory and that's what I liked about this film, that they took the time to do that because that is what will make you actually feel engaged with a film. Without that, you just won't care for any of the characters or the outcome of the film. 

It's directed well, with some really good shots that build up the suspense slowly but effectively. I personally really like this technique but if you're someone who loves films such as Insidious that get really intense incredibly quickly, this may not be the one for you because you may find it a little bit of a slow burner. My favourite thing about this film and what I personally think sets it apart from the other creepy doll films out there is the ending. I'm usually good at guessing what the twists and big reveals will be in films but I really did not see this one coming at all. I've seen that a lot of people have mixed reactions on the ending and say it doesn't make sense. I feel like it does but admittedly, it is probably a bit of a reach. But in saying that, I much prefer this ending than the other cliche routes they could have gone down.

If you're looking to watch a creepy doll film this Halloween, that is a little more original and has more of an edge, give this a go!

"You wouldn't hurt me, would you Brahms?"

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