Look, I don’t have a lot to say about these two movies, so I’m going to try and keep it short, and sweet. One of these, The Boy, is a film produced by Elijah Wood’s new horror movie production company, SpectreVision called The Boy, featuring Rainn Wilson and David Morse, and the other is an IFC title, formerly known as Junk, now going by Narcopolis. Neither one of these movies are what I could honestly refer to as compelling, but after the massive release day Scream Factory had last week, they’re allowed one dud of a week.
As mentioned above, The Boy(not that one) is a new film from Elijah Wood’s production company SpectreVision, which also had a hand in films like Cooties, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, Open Windows, and Toad Road. Please don’t let that list of films fill you with any kind of excitement for The Boy, because there’s nothing exciting here. Well, I’ll take that back. The production value was impressive, the acting is all well above-par, but the flow of the film, and honestly the story itself is just not very interesting. I’m not one who shies away from a slow-burning movie. Hell, The House of the Devil is one of my all-time favorites. But it helps if the story actually goes somewhere. Not only that, but, when it eventually gets to where it has been going, it needs to make the viewer feel like all of that waiting was worth it. And this is The Boy’s greatest sin. Stuff does eventually happen, but why? And, more importantly, who gives a shit?
As for Narcopolis, I really had high hopes for this one, naively, I will admit. I didn’t look into it when it showed up in my mailbox. If I had, I would have known that this was one of those movies, finished a couple of years ago that struggled to find distribution until someone finally picked it up and dumped it out. When I went into this movie, I was going strictly by the details given to me on the package. And it sounded interesting, at least. This is not a movie that deserves to be released along most of the other films under the Scream Factory banner. This is something that seems more suited for a distro house like Cinema Epoch, or something similar. The scope of the film exceeds the budget by a great deal. Maybe a decent story is in there somewhere, but it’s muddled by poor production values, and questionable acting.
Don’t get em wrong, these aren’t even the worst movies I’ve seen this year, but there was nothing about either one of them that drew me in. Honestly, it took everything I had to stay awake long enough to watch them. Maybe there’s a market for these. Certainly they’ll be scooped up by Scream Factory completists. But for the casual market, I can’t see these catching on. The video and audio quality are both well beyond acceptable. The movies look good on the format, they’re just not interesting enough to hold the attention of, probably most of the people who happen to find these sitting on a store shelf. I love Scream Factory, and I can usually find something to appreciate about even the most obscure title that they release, but these I just couldn’t abide.
The Boy and Narcopolis are now available on Blu-ray & DVD from Scream Factory. They might not be the greatest movies I’ve seen, but at least they’re cheap.