Not since Sir Anthony Hopkins battled Fats in director Richard Attenborough’s 1978 film release of Magic has there been anything quite like the terror tug-of-war that Lauren Cohan (as Bela from the Supernatural television series; as Rose from The Vampire Diaries) faces in director William Brent Bell’s The Boy.
Universal Studios Home Entertainment has tagged May 10 as the release date for both DVD and Blu-ray editions (VOD is set for Apr. 26). That May release date yields an ARR of 109 days … ticket sales from the film’s January theatrical run reached $35.1 million.
Poor Greta (Cohan), she is the latest in a long string of nannies hired by the Heelshires (played by Jim Norton and Diana Hardcastle) to watch over their son, Brahms. The money is good and the job so far away from a bad relationship stateside is a blessing, but — and it is a big but — the young lad she is charged with caring for is nothing but a doll. Seriously, a life-size porcelain doll.
The Heelshires give her specific instructions — that must be followed to the letter — or things could go awry. “Be good to him and he will be good to you,” how creepy a warning is that. And then there’s the list of instructions, which is ominous in its own right — example, “Don’t Cover His Face.” If you do, what happens?
After this initial encounter, the Heelshires go on holiday and promptly kill themselves, leaving Greta alone with the doll. If everything leading up to this point was unsettling, we are just getting warmed up — a haunted house thriller of the first order that is jammed with jolts galore and clever plot twists!
There appear to be no bonus features associated with either the DVD or Blu-ray product offerings.