Hulu's Good Boy Is An Eerie Pet Adoption Horror Story

By RodneyHatfieldJr for Movies

Hulu's latest entry into their Into the Dark horror movie series might intentionally leave you side-eyeing your newly adopted pup. The official trailer dropped for the newest Into the Dark installment, Judy Greer's new horror-comedy Good Boy, which is set to premiere June 12 on Hulu. The movie is tied to Pet Appreciation Week, but it presents a unique take on the owner-pet bond that's way deadlier than you might naturally expect. And let me say, they couldn't have picked a cuter star.

Greer stars as Maggie, a woman who is dealing with an excess of social anxiety and stress in her life. In hopes of improving her state of mind, she adopts an adorable terrier to be her emotional support animal, but the little guy accepts his job a bit too seriously. Her 10-pound dog responds to her stress by killing anyone he perceives to be causing her any pain or emotional distress and she might actually be OK with that.

In the trailer, Maggie's friend marvels that her new dog has "made all of your anxiety disappear." Maggie's chilling response? "Like magic." Despite Maggie's emotional support animal taking the term overprotective to a whole new level. As a dog lover, I am split. Is the dog or the human the villain? The tag line reads: "there are no bad dogs, just bad owners." Hmmm, I wonder.  Plus I love the poster they used for this. It is simple but conveys so much.

Good Boy is really timely given the coronavirus pandemic. Our pets are providing more emotional support than ever before. As shelter in place orders was put in place across much of the world, people stepped up to adopt and foster animals in record numbers. The ASPCA is seeing the number of animals being fostered increase by nearly 70% this year over last year's numbers. So that is excellent news. 

More and more people seem to be inviting pets into their homes, and new pet owners are still adjusting. Good Boy seems to deliver the same message at its heart. It's merely presenting it in a much more heightened, murderous way.

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