Mad about the toy

William Brent Bell tells us about new devil dummy flick, The Boy.

SFX - - Red Alert -

Is there any­thing eerier than the glassy- eyed gaze of a doll? William Brent Bell, di­rec­tor of The Boy, doesn’t think so. His new film tells the story of Greta, a young woman hired by a cou­ple to look after their child, Brahms. Lit­tle does she know that Brahms is made of porce­lain, not flesh…

“It’s hard to find films that are unique,” Bell tells Red Alert. “This par­tic­u­lar script was. There were so many twists and sur­prises. And it’s re­ally scary.”

Get­ting Brahms right was a time- con­sum­ing process. “It was def­i­nitely chal­leng­ing. We took weeks to set­tle on things like his eyes, or the colour of his hair. When he can only sit there the way he looks is all- im­por­tant. We ended up set­tling on some­thing that looked very real.”

Find­ing a Greta who could carry al­most ev­ery scene of the movie was also cru­cial. Bell turned to Walk­ing Dead sur­vivor Lau­ren Co­han. “I wanted the char­ac­ter to be like a raw nerve and Lau­ren said, ‘ Raw nerve is my mid­dle name!’” He’s also quick to praise Co­han’s com­mit­ment to the pro­ject. “In the morn­ing she might be do­ing a scary scene, then after lunch a ro­man­tic scene with a guy. But she never fal­tered once. She never com­plained.”

Although set in the UK, the pro­duc­ers plumped for Van­cou­ver Is­land for the 24- day shoot, with a cas­tle near Victoria pro­vid­ing the per­fect set­ting for a film that Bell de­scribes as a mix of the haunted house movie and When A Stranger Calls. “That film has my favourite 15 min­utes of any hor­ror. For this I tried to take that el­e­ment and stretch it out for the whole movie – and then add this porce­lain doll...” Might it be the start of a new fran­chise? “It cer­tainly has that pos­si­bil­ity. I hope so…”

The Boy opens on 19 Fe­bru­ary.

“Time for break­fast, dear.”

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