Into the Dark: “Good Boy” Review

Pets can be a great way to reduce stress in your life. However, with the wrong pet, it can turn your life upside down. Hulu’s latest entry of Into the Dark “Good Boy” takes a concept we’re familiar with, thanks to Stephen King’s Cujo, and blends it with psychological horror that makes us question our sanity!

Last Chance at Happiness
40 year old Maggie (Judy Greer) has reached a point in her life where she worries that she’s never been married, and is considering freezing her eggs so that she still might have a chance at having children.

Just when her personal life isn’t going the she wants, she suffers a major professional loss, and winds up adopting a dog as an emotional support animal. Initially, all seems well and Maggie really takes to being a dog mom.

Admittedly, he is a very cute dog!

But soon, people start turning up dead or missing, particularly those that mistreated Maggie. Eventually her new boyfriend Nate (McKinley Freeman), who’s also a cop, becomes suspicious of her.

In Her Element
Judy Greer is a long-standing veteran of horror with appearances in Wes Craven’s Cursed, 2018’s Halloween, and The Village.

She is at her best when playing an unhinged character losing their mind (look no further than her role on Arrested Development).

No one screams in anguish quite like her…

Greer makes for a great protagonist and it’s a lot of fun to watch her descend into madness, but she still comes off as incredibly sympathetic. The fact is, most of us know someone like that.

We can be shamefully intrigued by how dysfunctional their life is, but truly feel bad because they honestly don’t know what they’re doing.

Spoilers Ahead

At a certain point, the movie not so subtly suggests that perhaps it’s not the dog behind these vicious killings. Maggie has been losing her mind the entire movie, and it wouldn’t be the first film to end with “the main character is the killer” as a twist.

No matter which is true, it makes for a creepy ending!

Most horror movies would choose either the supernatural or insanity explanation and reveal it at the end, but with “Good Boy”, it very easily could be either. And that level of unknown makes it all the more interesting!

Into the Dark has definitely been on an upward incline in terms of quality. Hopefully this continues to its July release, “The Current Occupant”, and beyond!

Into the Dark is streaming exclusively on Hulu

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