The Boy ★★★

I was hoping The Boy wouldn’t go the way it looked from its first act, and it doesn’t: patience pays off with a thrilling final act that also turns out to share a key plot point with another recent indie horror, but thankfully not its tone.

Weirdo little psychological chillers like this were de rigueur for the 1970s. They seem to have fallen out of fashion since, so it’s welcome to see a contemporary example that’s so well crafted, with its forbidding gothic flourishes, even if it loses marks for daytime TV drama performances.