Boy in the Walls 2023 movie review

Emmy nominee Constance Zimmer, known for her role in “UnReal,” is making her return to Lifetime as she takes on the role of executive producer and director for her first feature-length TV movie, “Boy in the Walls.”

The movie stars Ryan Michelle Bathe (known for “The Endgame” and “Sylvie’s Love”) and draws inspiration from real-life “phrogging” events, where people discover someone secretly living inside their homes. “Boy in the Walls” is set to premiere on Lifetime later this summer and also features Luke Camilleri (from “Hemlock Grove”), Cassandra Sawtell (known for “Disappearance in Yellowstone”), and Jonathan Whitesell (famous for his role in “The X-Files”).

The story follows Alisa Jensen (Bathe), a recently married woman who has left her bustling Manhattan lifestyle for a quiet life in rural Connecticut, becoming a stepmother to Maya (Sawtell) and Theo (Mikkal Karim-Fidler). Struggling to adjust to her new role, Alisa faces challenges with her husband Chris (Camilleri) away at work, limited job prospects, and a rebellious Maya. However, things take a sinister turn when Alisa starts hearing strange noises in the house, and she becomes convinced that she is being watched. As the mystery deepens, she makes a terrifying discovery about what lies within the walls. Jonathan Whitesell plays Joe, who secretly watches Alisa and her family.

Tanya Lopez, EVP of Scripted Content at Lifetime and LMN, expressed excitement about working with Constance Zimmer again, who previously starred in “UnReal” and made her directorial debut through Lifetime’s Broader Focus initiative. Zimmer has continued to direct episodic series for others and is now making her TV movie directorial debut for Lifetime.

Zimmer expressed gratitude to Lifetime for giving her the opportunity to executive produce and direct her first feature with them. She is known for her Emmy-nominated work in “UnReal” and received a Critics Choice award for her role in the series, which aired for four seasons on Lifetime. Zimmer also made her directorial debut on the show, helming two episodes, and she has directed and guest-starred on Freeform’s “Good Trouble.” Additionally, she stars in Prime Video’s YA drama pilot, “Harlan Coben’s Shelter,” and was recently seen in a major recurring role on ABC’s “Big Sky.” Zimmer is represented by UTA and Sweeney Entertainment.

“Boy in the Walls” is produced by Lighthouse Pictures for Lifetime, with Zimmer, Manu Boyer, Kevin Leeson, Shawn Williamson, and Jamie Goehring serving as executive producers. The script is written by Katrina Onstad and David Weaver.


By acinetv