The Boy

Boy, The

★★☆☆ – (2016) – Strange occurrences transpire after a young woman is hired to nanny the doll replica of a deceased child. There are certainly bizarre moments and unpredictable turns, but there’s also a fair share of corniness and ineptitude. Doesn’t make much sense, all told, and holds zero emotional weight.

Krampus

Krampus

★½☆☆ – (2015) – Evil forces are unleashed upon a dysfunctional family at Christmastime when the last of Santa’s believers stops believing in him. Begins with typically abnormal characters struggling to co-exist, then tosses in horror that makes up rules as it goes along. One moment features killer cookies, then killer attic junk, then killer elves, etc. Has no solid foundation and little cohesion.

Devil Doll

Devil Doll

★★☆☆ – (1964) – A hypnotist/ventriloquist transfers human souls into his stage dummy. Begins as though the dummy will perform his master’s commands, but the more this rolls on the less the dummy becomes involved. Has a few creepy moments, but never raises concern beyond the concept.

9

9

★★☆☆ – (2009) – Miniature puppets embark on continuous quests to save one another. Neat to look at as the designs are inventive, but the story drags and the action becomes repetitive. Certainly grim, but lacks excitement and emotion.