The Boy (2016, dir. William Brent Bell)

An American is hired to nanny the doll replacement of a dead child. Okay spooky house jumpscare horror with a couple of interesting ideas, and some well-worn borrowings, held together by a decent central performance. By no means essential, though, despite all-round proficiency. A sequel followed in 2020.

Author: Eamonn

Writes. Latest: 2019: East of England - a noir thriller. Other books: Benches of Louth (2018); Juggernaut: a sequel to Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (2017); Torc, (2016); The Prospect of This City (2015). Twitter: @eamonngriffin

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