Brahms: The Boy 2 – Review

If there is any genre in film that is plagued with unnecessary and terrible sequels its horror. Just look at how many franchises have been centered on a specific horror villain. This has lead to some great sequels (A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, 2018’s Halloween) and many more that are utter drivel made by producers to rake in some quick cash (the majority of Hellraiser sequels are a great example). Like every other franchise horror films have been trying to improve the quality of sequels it’s been slow going. All this leads to the most recent horror sequel, Brahms: The Boy 2.

The Boy was a film I had extremely low expectations for. The film was directed by William Brent Bell who helmed the very disappointing film that was The Devil Inside which was a huge red flag for me. In the end it turned out to be a forgettable albeit passable horror film. However, I will never forget renting The Boy and watching it with a friend when it came out on DVD. I predicted the twist about an hour into the film and my friend turned towards me and said, “That’s really stupid. There is no way that’s what will happen.” She was quite pissed when my guess turned out to be true. It wasn’t a great reveal, but I was happy it did something different from your typical ‘Evil Doll’ film.

“I think we’re gonna like it here Brahms.”

Cut ahead four years later. Brahms: The Boy 2 tells the story of a family who’ve moved out to the country after a home invasion leaving Liza (Katie Holmes) shaken and her son (Christopher Convery) traumatized to the point where he no longer speaks. Staying on the Heelshire property from the previous film Jude finds the Brahms doll and once again ‘spooky’ events transpire. Liza and her husband (Owain Yeoman) must unravel this mystery while an eccentric groundskeeper (Ralph Ineson) does grounds-creeper things. What is happening and will our family be safe?

There are times when going a different route with a sequel’s story can be refreshing. It keeps from falling into stagnation that can make one film in the series indistinguishable from another. Here though it was a stupid mistake that retconned the original’s premise. I’m not going to act as though the first film is high art by any stretch of the imagination. That said, this sequel was a dumb way to continue the story. After the ending of The Boy it wasn’t exactly important or necessary for another story to be told. So Bell and screenwriter Stacey Menear had to bend over backwards in order to find a way to wring more out of their concept. At least The Boy zigged where a typical ‘Evil Doll’ film would’ve zagged. With nothing else in the repertoire the story zagged back into stupid tropes.

“It’s okay to be scared sometimes.”

One modicum of quality does come from the acting. Holmes has often been looked down upon, but she is a solid actress. Here she does the best she can with what she’s given and it’s not very much. The same goes for Ineson who definitely does more than is needed for such a boring supporting role. Although neither are all that convincing as red herrings. Convery is your standard child in a horror film. Not good, not bad, but adequate.

What I feared would be a mediocre cash-in on a surprise hit was worse than that. Brahms: The Boy 2 is a creatively bankrupt exercise in seeing how much horror fan’s goodwill you can burn up in under 90 minutes.

Overall Score: 1/5

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