The Boy Behind the Door (2020) – Movie Review
19th July 2021 Written by Peter Walkden
Bobby (Lonnie Chavis) and Kevin (Ezra Dewey) are best friends who are both twelve years old. One day the two are hanging out in the woods, walking around and chatting. When Bobby realises that Kevin is no longer talking back to him from afar, Bobby investigates. He is knocked unconscious and abducted, eventually waking up in the trunk of a car, completely trapped.
After a bit of work, Bobby manages to break free, finds himself in a strange garage, and decides to run for it. After escaping to the wilderness outside, it is not long until he hears the shouts and cries of his best friend, Kevin, who is still trapped inside a large home. Bobby can either keep running and get help or go back to try and save his friend. Bobby chooses to enter the stranger’s home and attempt to rescue Kevin as he once promised they would be friends till the end.
What happens next is nothing but pure tension and suspense as Bobby investigates the strange home seeking to free his friend. He also makes a significant discovery that he and Kevin are not the only ones in this large house. Bobby will attempt to sneak around the house while avoiding Kevin’s mysterious captor and another man. This rescue attempt is highly dangerous and risky and could cost the lives of both Bobby and Kevin.
For the most part, the film is light on dialogue but heavy on delivering unpredictable moments. I found myself being shocked and surprised countless times. I enjoyed the straightforward plot with the twists and turns. Fans of well-known horror films will also appreciate specific references throughout this film too.
The film succeeds in setting a creepy tone through its visuals and its perfect, wonderfully tense sound design. Some tense moments in the sound design consist of only hearing a deep heartbeat or music. The creative use of sound effects was outstanding. No matter what was on-screen, I found myself watching whilst on the edge of my seat.
The cast is small, but again, the performances here are enough to carry the film for its duration. Performances, especially from young actors Lonnie Chavis and Era Dewey, are tremendous. Based on the many situations these two find themselves in, I felt impressed by their efforts as actors.
Overall, I had a wonderful time with this film. It’s a tense and pleasing horror ride that surprised me at multiple moments. The young actors deliver tremendous performances, and the visuals are pleasing. Those with a solid home theatre system will also enjoy the incredible audio track, which adds to the suspenseful, heart pulsing moments. This is a must-watch for those with Shudder subscriptions.
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