Good Boy review: Hulu’s new Into the Dark horror movie overcomes series flaws

Judy Greer’s continuous co-star status is along-time Hollywood meme (She’s in on the joke, too: she cheekily entitled her narrative I Do not Know What You Know Me From.) From her breakout role as the computing assistant with a fondness for flashing in Detained Development to a run of playing the leading woman’s best buddy in mid-2000 s rom-coms (13 Going on 30, 27 Gowns) to small functions in highbrow movies (The Descendants, Adjustment) and big-budget franchises (Jurassic World) alike, Greer has actually constantly been an underutilized gem of a star.

Good Boy, the latest standalone feature movie in Hulu’s Blumhouse horror anthology series Into the Dark, lastly provides Judy Greer a chance to shine all on her own. The 44-year- old star stars as Maggie, a single, just recently jobless press reporter (her newsroom goes digital and transforms her to an “independent contractor”) who just can’t appear to catch a break. Her boss (Steve Guttenberg) suggests a psychological assistance animal to handle her stress and anxiety, and she embraces a sweet terrier mix, Reuben, with perky ears and a black area over one eye. It’s love at first sight for Maggie, and she rapidly goes full Dog Mama, dressing Reuben up in pajamas that match hers and purchasing him containers of toys. soon, Reuben begins assaulting people– particularly, people who are triggering Maggie tension– with a strength and viciousness that does not appear possible from such a small animal.

Maggie (Judy Greer) and Reuben (Chico the dog) attend a dog-friendly yoga class

Down dog, amirite?

Picture: Blumhouse Productions/Hulu.

One of Greer’s strengths as a starlet is a joyful relatability, frequently concealing a deep melancholy just below the surface area. That nice-lady-next- door beauty is on full display screen in Good Boy, particularly as Maggie has a hard time to keep it together while Reuben’s body count increases. Her believably nutty performance (with a help from some lovable dog action) makes Good Boy the best Into the Dark movie yet, assisting it conquer the series’ constant defect: every episode feels like it’s 30 to 40 minutes too long.

Blumhouse’s anthology has actually been running on Hulu considering that October 2018, putting out a movie monthly under the Into the Dark banner. Each “episode” is a self-contained story including a various cast and imaginative team, though Blumhouse creator Jason Blum works as executive manufacturer on every movie. Into the Dark’s trick is that each entry is connected to a holiday; Halloween is a no-brainer, of course, however Christmas, Thanksgiving, April Fool’s Day, and Father-Daughter Day all boast their own episodes. (Good Boy is connected to June’s Family pet Gratitude Week.)

With runaway successes like Go Out and Paranormal Activity under its belt, the Blumhouse logo has actually pertained to represent a potential sleeperhit the Blumhouse model– providing filmmakers full imaginative control in exchange for a tight, small budget– ways the studio just as frequently launches careless, half- baked features that potentially might have been improved with more money for reshoots and a much better edit. (See: Truth, dare or ouija, The Lazarus Effect.)

Nate (McKinley Freeman) examines scratch marks and a hole in a door

Now that’s what I call a doggy door.

Picture: Blumhouse Productions/Hulu.

Into the Dark is following the very same model, with even smaller sized budget plans and less knowledgeable filmmakers. Numerous of the imaginative teams behind Into the Dark episodes formerly worked on horror shorts or minimal releases, and it appears as though the series uses a chance for directors and authors who have actually captured Jason Blum’s eye, however have not yet earned the chance at making a theatrical movie.

The first episode of Into the Dark, The Body, was in fact based on a brief movie of the very same name, in which an expert gunman, Wilkes (Tom Bateman), utilizes the cover of Halloween to transportation the body of his victim in plain sight, letting passersby presume it belongs of hiscostume The idea is eye-catching, however the story rapidly deflates when stretched to a meager 82 minutes. The overwrought dialogue, as Wilkes waxes poetic about his worldview, and the unconvincing romantic subplot feel more like time-fillers than a real expedition of the character.

Many episodes of Into The Dark hardly hit the 90- minute mark, however feel 3 hours long because the plot breaks down around act 3. Like The Body (and Blumhouse movies in general), a lot of episodes have interesting loglines. The Valentine’s Day-themed Down, for example, teases, “A pair of office workers get trapped in an elevator over a long Valentine’s Day weekend, but what at first promises to be a romantic connection turns dangerous and horrifying.” They Come Knocking, a Father’s Day episode, deals with theurban legend of the black-eyed children Those facilities sound like a lot of enjoyable, as do lots of other Into the Dark titles, however there’s just inadequate meat on the story bone to validate a feature- length runtime.

Maggie (Judy Greer) holds Reuben (Chico the Dog)

Judy Greer + an adorable dog = excellence.

Picture: Blumhouse Productions/Hulu.

It’s a pity, considering that there’s definitely a market for an eccentric, low-budget horror anthology. Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story is well past itsprime Jordan Peele’s Twilight Zone reboot has a hard time to live up to the weight of its renowned predecessor. Greg Nicotero’s Creepshow draws exceptional evaluations, however it’s on the streaming service Shudder, which is a specific niche platform primarily occupied by hardcore horrorfans Into the Dark has a lot of potential to end up being the contemporary high-concept-low-scare horror series á la The Twilight Zone, however the episodes are just too dang long.

Through the sheer power of Judy Greer’s charm, Good Boy overcomes the issues plaguing Into theDark It’s not that the dialogue is more robust, or the story more fully formed. Good Boy has plenty of filler that might quickly be cut to fit an hourlong format. Greer is so enjoyable to view, with a remarkable ability to make dull dialogue shine, that it does not drag the way most Into the Dark episodes do.

So Blumhouse essentially has 2 options to enhance Into the Dark and help it live up to its full potential: either cut the feature- length format and adhere to hourlong episodes like its contemporary contemporaries, or cast Judy Greer as the lead in every entry from nowon It’s what she should have.

Into the Dark: Good Boy is streaming on Hulu now.

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Neela Josh
Neela Josh
I work as the Content Writer for Gaming Ideology. I play Quake like professionally. I love to write about games and have been writing about them for two years.

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