I'm the kind of person who basically watches a film trying to figure out exactly how it's going to end, based on tropes and character traits that get laid out with traditional story-writing techniques. Basically, first time around, I always over-analyze. Sometimes it takes a lot of the fun out of a horror film. But...well, The Boy threw me for a complete loop. It was the first time in a very...very long time...that I've actually watched a horror flick beginning to end not know where the hell it was going to end up. I haven't felt this way about a movie since the first time I watched 'The Sixth Sense.' And I loved every second of it.
Walk in with low or no expectations, even high ones. It doesn't matter. The Boy is brilliant, and if you haven't seen it yet, you need to. This movie takes what horror geeks already have ingrained in their minds about basic storylines, and strings you along the whole damn time until you're just about sure one thing is going to happen, and get the carpet pulled right from under you. I can't say anything else, because it would ruin the amazing surprise. But trust me, it definitely is a big one. Because I promise, it's going to turn out to be one of the best horror classics of our decade.