The Boy

Synopsis: An intimate portrait of a 9-year-old sociopath's growing fascination with death.
  1 win & 4 nominations.
105 min

A lot of the better

bowlers really have...

Got another one, Dad.

Leave it outside.

Can I get paid?

You know where the register is.

Mountain Vista Motel.

Why are you calling?

One room will cost you 22 dollars.

Yes, that does include towels.

And, um, yeah.

Towels and free heat.

Mr. Parker,

we had a lean couple of months.

Well, summer's here.

High season.

Urn, you know,

a few good months and, urn,

and we'll be back an our feet

by September, I promise.

And I'll have a payment to you

by October at the very latest.

Mr. Parker, please. If you could ju...

Nice of you to call.

Thank you

for your understanding.

Mm? Yeah. Good boy.

I got another one!

You... You're gonna

have to take an IOU, Ted.

You're the only one

makin' any money here.

Why don't you, um...

Why don't you clean up

Rooms 1 through 5 today?

There's nobody in there!

Don't forget to feed the chickens.

And don't leave the feed hag out

this time.

Deer keep getting in.

This is our honeymoon suite.

Perfect for a lovely couple

like yourselves.

This is our honeymoon suite.

Perfect for a lovely couple

like yourselves.

Hey, Ted! Dinner!

Hey, Ted?

Oh, there you are. Grab a seat.

Noodles and hot dogs.

Your favorite.

You know what today is?

- My birthday.

- Yeah, and...

You know how old you are?

I'm nine.

Yeah. Hard to believe, isn't it?

Okay. Hold on.

Just stay right there.

I was hopin' to surprise you.

Make up my mind

Tell me what I'm thinking

Just a sec.

I hope it's you and me

forever more!

Just take it skew

You're really feeling

Make up my mind

Like you've made up yours

Here we go.

Darlin', I just need to know

That I'm the one you love

- Here you go.

- Turn it off!

Oh, you loved this song.

We used to sing it to you

every night before you...

Ted... Oh, come on.



Shut up!

Come on. Come on.

Ted! Ted!

Get those lights.

All right. Okay. Here you go.

This is our honey-room suite.

Listen, we got a...

We got a hospital

just 20 minutes from here.

- I think it'd be wise if I tried to...

- No. No, I'm okay.

I just... I need to lie down.

Well, look, um...

Uh... I'll get you some more towels.

You're gonna need those.

Come on, Ted. Now.

Checkout's at 11:00 tomorrow.

Did you see what happened?

- No.

- All right.

Oh, that poor thing.

Why don't you stand back?

You see what I'm about to do?

Do you understand why?

All right.


Kind of a shame to waste

all this meat.

What do you think?

I'm a little rusty at this.

Ted, why don't you drag that

over here?

Okay. Why don't you just

put it right under here?

Would you hold your light up?

Okay. Now, look.

Here's what you do. You just...

Just... slide it in.

And then you cut down.

You don't want to...

rupture the stomach.

And then I gotta take

all the organs out.

Get into that stomach.

Oh, you see that?

You gotta get all of that out.

Will you hand me that saw?

Here. A souvenir.

Leave the man alone, Ted!

I see you.

Haven't seen him this morning.

He should still be in here.

- Should still?

- Yeah, we'll see.

Mr. Colby.

Mr. Colby, this is, uh...

- This is Deacon Whit.

- Oh, sorry to bother you. But, uh...

I'd like to ask you a few questions,

if I may.

A little out of it.

I can understand that.

Um, so what brings you to town?

Just passing through.

- You traveling alone?

- Mm, yeah.

I'm gonna need to see your license

and registration, if you don't mind.

It's in the car,

wherever you guys towed it.

Mind if I have a look in the r?

- I prefer you didn't.

- Hmm.

Anything else?

Well, it looks like you got

banged up pretty bad.

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Craig William Macneill

Craig William Macneill is an American film director, writer, and editor. His feature film Lizzie, starring Chloë Sevigny and Kristen Stewart, is premiering in the U.S Dramatic Competition section at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. His first feature film, The Boy, premiered in the narrative competition at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival and which was also based on a previous short film he co-wrote, directed, and edited titled Henley, which screened in competition at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival and won the grand jury prize for "Best Short Film" at the Gen Art Film Festival and Clint Eastwood’s Carmel Film and Arts Film Festival. In 2016, Macneill directed the first season of the limited anthology television series Channel Zero: Candle Cove. The show was created by Nick Antosca and starred Paul Schneider and Fiona Shaw. more…

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