The Boy

USA, 2015


Craig William Macneill


Elijah Wood/Josh Waller/Daniel Noah




Based on the award-winning short subject film, Henley which appeared in competition at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, The Boy is the first film of a planned trilogy tracking the childhood of a future serial killer, with installments depicting the character at ages 9, 14 and 18, respectively, and ending with his full transformation to an iconic mass murderer.

It’s the summer of 1989. 9-year-old Ted Henley (Jared Breeze) and his father John (David Morse) are the proprietors of the Mt. Vista Motel, a crumbling resort buried in the mountains of the American West. Since Ted's mother left, John has drifted into despondency - leaving Ted to fend for himself. In this isolation, unchecked by the bounds of parenting, Ted’s darker impulses begin to manifest. The arrival of a mysterious drifter, William Colby (Rainn Wilson), captivates young Ted and the two form a unique friendship - setting the stage for Ted’s final, unnerving metamorphosis.


This intimate portrait of a 9-year-old sociopath's growing fascination with death by director Craig Macneill has been produced by Daniel Noah, Josh C. Waller and Elijah Wood (SpectreVision) and set to music by Hauschka.


March 14, 2015 @ South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW)

Category: Narrative Competition

Genres: Drama, Horror, Thriller

Runtime: 105 min

Color: Color



Director: Craig Macneill

Executive Producer: Rainn Wilson, David Morse

Producer: Daniel Noah, Josh C. Waller, Elijah Wood

Screenwriter: Craig Macneill, Clay McLeod Chapman

Cinematographer: Noah Greenberg

Editor: Craig Macneill

Production Designer: Thomas William Hallbauer

Sound Designer: Jeffery Alan Jones

Music: HauschkaPrincipal

Cast: David Morse, Rainn Wilson, Jared Breeze, Bill Sage, Mike Vogel, Zuleikha Robinson, Aiden Lovekamp, David Valencia