Tuesday, September 1, 2020

EVIL BOY Film Review September 1, 2020

Evil Boy

Reviewed: 8/28/2020
Well Go USA

Rating: 3.5 / 5

EVIL BOY hits DVD & digital on Tuesday, September 8th!

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The use of children and religious elements has been a common theme in horror films over the years. “Evil Boy” is more than the title would lead one to believe.

A couple have been grieving over the loss of their son who was actually never found. They look into fostering or adopting another child from an orphanage. The child is unusual to say the least and the story unfolds from there.

The suspension of disbelief comes into play as one would wonder why the couple (the wife in particular) would want to adopt this particular child when the orphanage is full of other children that don’t display odd behaviors. But, as you watch the film, you’ll begin to understand why she gravitates toward this child. The husband is more realistic which was refreshing for a change. But, eventually, the roles switch between his wife not wanting to be left alone with the child and the husband getting attached to him.

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“Evil Boy” has it’s creepy moments for sure. The CGI works for the most part (except for two moments where it looked very rushed) and the boy/child actor (played by two different actors) was very good.

The realism from the couple added to the emotional weight of the film which, again, was nice to see. I was ready for the head in the sand type of couple but that’s not the case here for the most part.

The reasoning behind the connection between the boy and the couple adds a layer that makes it more believable than how the film starts out. I think the title “Evil Boy” is more like a translation - when it could use a better title that isn’t so obvious. 

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Overall, not a bad entry into the child/religion horror arena.

Mark Sugiyama
Eclectic Arts

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