Horror movies often try to frighten audiences with fantastical creatures and age-old demons, but, sometimes, it’s the simplest things the can be the scariest. Do you see that doll in the header image? Terrifying. Meet Brahms, the porcelain-skinned star of this month’s The Boy, also starring The Walking Dead’s Lauren Cohan. Though Brahms looks freaky enough as-is, he’s actually possessed by a ghost who gets very cranky when not properly taken care of. That’s the basic gist of The Boy, which hits theaters on January 22, but opens a few days early for horror buffs who can get their hands on tickets for the special “Fan Experience” on January 20. The event will feature pre-show activities, raffles, free movie swag, and a live stream of the Los Angeles premiere, featuring a Q&A with Lauren Cohan. Tickets and more information can be found here.
Thanks to STX Entertainment, The A.V. Club has an opportunity for you to attend this special premiere-night screening on January 20 at Chicago’s AMC River East 21 for free. For your chance to win one of ten pairs of tickets to the screening, simply send an email to email@example.com with the subject line “The Boy.” Each ticket also includes a free small popcorn and fountain drink upon entry. On Friday, January 15, we’ll select our ten winners, at random, from eligible entires who will be notified via email. An official plot synopsis and trailer for the film can be found below.
“Greta (Lauren Cohan) is a young American woman who takes a job as a nanny in a remote English village, only to discover that the family’s 8-year-old is a life-sized doll that the parents care for just like a real boy, as a way to cope with the death of their actual son 20 years prior. After violating a list of strict rules, a series of disturbing and inexplicable events bring Greta’s worst nightmare to life, leading her to believe that the doll is actually alive.”