Beware The Boy: Chiller Films Brings the Horror Home
Every psychopath was once a cute little youngster.
Directed and co-written by Craig William Macneill and co-produced by Elijah Wood, this slow-burn thriller centers on Ted Henley (Jared Breeze), a nine-year-old boy slowly but surely losing his marbles as he lives an isolated existence at the Mountain Vista Motel, a struggling getaway run by his father, John (David Morse). It soon becomes apparent that Ted has no intention of taking over the family business when the time comes; instead, he's developing a budding interest in cold-blooded murder.
The Boy also stars Rainn Wilson (The Office), showing off his range in a dramatic supporting role as a passerby with a secret or two, and Mike Vogel, once seen running from a giant monster in Cloverfield and soon to be seen in Syfy's own Childhood's End.
"A quiet and thoughtful story that is as touching as it is unnerving, The Boy is an unflinching and powerfully poetic examination of the human psyche that never passes judgment on its titular character, even after he's unleashed his inner lunatic on the world." - Heather Wixson, Daily Dead
"The scariest aspect of The Boy is the extent to which Macneill makes it possible to sympathize with the troubled protagonist — even as its haunting final shot hints at the horrors yet to come." - Eric Kohn, Indiewire
"Void of any significant violence and gore, The Boy resides almost entirely in the viewers' psyche until the very end when we first see Ted's inner sociopath emerge from his cocoon in a gloriously twisted fashion that remarkably still maintains a poetic, contemplative undertone and blurs the lines between right and wrong." - Travis Keune, WeAreMovieGeeks