Greta Evans (Lauren Cohan) is an American nanny who left America -- and an abusive relationship with a man named Cole -- for a seeming ideal position in England. The elderly Heelshires (Jim Norton, Diana Hardcastle) are going on holiday for several months, and they want a nanny to watch over their 8-year-old son, Brahms (as well as live in their large, isolated mansion).
The Boy is a pretty by-the-numbers horror movie. Lead actress with a troubled past and personal connection to her new situation? Check. Large mansion with creepy elements and poor lighting? Check. Mysterious events that could be supernatural or hallucinations? Check. Resolution that may be setting things up for a horror franchise? Check. Lauren Cohan is decent in the main role, but despite a few quick shock-scares the movie doesn't do anything really new; and the ending isn't fully satisfying and goes on a little too long. The Boy is alright, but Brahms won't be the new Chucky.
Overall grade: B-
Reviewed by James Lynch