The Boy


“An American nanny is shocked that her new English family’s boy is actually a life-sized doll. After she violates a list of strict rules, disturbing events make her believe that the doll is really alive”

Fourth Movie I have had a really great time commentating on. This movie was just plain weird and creepy to me but I really enjoyed the twist at the end.

Characters, Cast, Crew

This Movie was released on the 22nd of January 2016, I was fifteen at the time and all I can remember was that this movie was hella creepy. The director Willism Brent Bell has directed many horror movies in the past equivalent to this one, he has also just directed ‘Brahams: The Boy II’ which has just been released, though unfortunaltey does not include Lauren Cohan from the first movie.

Lauren Cohan plays Greta, who becomes the Nanny to Brahams. You would probably know Lauren Cohan from the long running TV Series ‘The Walking Dead’ where she plays the character Maggie. I don’t know Lauren Cohan from a lot other then what I have just talked about, but she has had some smaller roles in TV Shows and Movies such as Vampire Diaries, Batman VS Superman, Chuck and All Eyez On Me. Lauren Cohan’s first movie was actually starring opposite Heath Ledger in a movie ‘Casanova’.

The Doll, Brahms is the character or doll, that replaces the parents child after the boy ‘dies’ in a fire when he was eight. The doll which is either made out of pocelain or ceramic is the creepiest thing ever. There is not a lot of information on the making of the doll but the making made it very reallife and added incredible details.

The parents of Brahams, Mr and Mrs Heelshire played by Jim Norton and Diana Hardcastle had a unstable relationship with their child, I think even before he became the doll. Jim Norton Has starred in many famous movies and TV Shows including; The Boy in The Stripped Pajamas, Star Trek and Water for Elephants. Diana Hardcastle has some lesser known roles, Although both starred in Midsomer Murders together but at very different times.


Here are some of the most interesting facts I thought about the movie

  • Off set the crew would pull pranks on eachother using the doll, one time a crew member smashed the doll after being frightend. the crew then had to create a whole new doll.
  • The film was originally titled “In a Dark Place” and had Jane Levy in the lead role.
  • The body count through the entire movie was 3
  • Lauren Cohan although in the movie was an american nanny who moved to england to take care of Brahms, in reallife she is both American and English descendant.
  • When Greta reads to Brahms, the extract is from “Jane Eyre” where, like Brahms, Mr. Rochester’s insane wife is confined to the attic.

Similar movies to ‘The Boy’

Here are some similar movies to the ‘The Boy’ that I myself like and ones that the internet recommends

Annabelle: This movie is also about a creepy doll and this movie is actually involved in a series and there is a certain order to watch the movies in to understand the full story behind the doll. The order to watch all the movies is:

  • The Nun (2018), Annabelle: Creation (2017), Annabelle (2014), The Conjuring (2013), Annabelle: Comes home (2019), The Curse of La Llorona (2019) (Optional), The Conjuring 2 (2016), The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It (2020) (Not yet released)

This series is a bit confusing with the order you have to watch it in, you can watch it in any order and pick up everything on the way but to understand it all, this is the best order.

Rings: This is the reboot of the original 2002 version ‘The Ring’. This reboot is actually very good. This movie has some really good jump scenes and a great story line, that I didn’t see coming. (Although I haven’t seen the 2002 version)

It & It 2: This movie is all about a creepy clown terrorising a group of kids. Now everyone should have watched these, that is if you like scary movies. Both movies hold together really strongly.

Us: Now this movie is very hard to explain, and is not a typical horror movie, it is also very pyschological. But an incredible movie, that is one of my favourites.

Something Extra

‘The Boy’ was one of the first horror movies I found really intriguing, there were many scenes that I liked and I definitely recommend watching the entire movie.

Horror movies were never really my thing growing up but I believe this movie changed the way I see horror movies. If you’re someone who gets uneasy around anything scary, I would suggest this movie as your first go to horror movie.

Published by Morgan

University student at Wollongong, doing a Bachelor of Communication and Media (Digital and Social Media), and a Bachelor of International Studies (International Relations)

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