Verdict: Good performances and jump-scares hold together a strictly okay script.

While the 2016 horror film The Boy was not a spectacularly successful one at the box office, it sure was a quirky, weird film. The horror fans lapped up the creepy concoction and the film gained some underground popularity. Four years later, we now get the stand-alone sequel Brahms: The Boy II.

What’s Brahms: The Boy II About:

Brahms: The Boy II is about a typical family, complete with a busy dad (Owain Yeoman), a doting mom Liza (Katie Holmes), and a mischievous kid named Jude (Christopher Convery). One day, the little boy witnesses a burglary attack in his own house as the burglars attack his mom and is so traumatized that he stops speaking out of shock. For the betterment of Jude and Liza’s mental health, the family moves to a house in the countryside for some time. While walking around the property, Jude unearths a porcelain doll from their neighbor’s abandoned home. He takes to the doll immediately and announces that the doll’s name is Brahms. The home belongs to the Heelshire family, who once had a son named Brahms. While Brahms gives Liza the creeps, the parents decide to keep the doll as it helps Jude speak again. However, as Brahms starts laying down the rules of the house through Jude, Liza refuses to indulge any further and ignores them only to face terrifying consequences.

What Works:

The film unexpectedly handles post-traumatic stress disorder well, both in Liza as well as Jude. While the previous film had no recognizable faces, Brahms: The Boy II stars Katie Holmes and she is incredible. The film builds a promising and logical premise and the rest of the story unfolds at a decent pace. The first half has a lot of elements that can spawn into interesting storylines. Fans of jump scares won’t be disappointed as the film relies on these and the indicative music score for highlighting the horrific moments. The child actor Christopher Convery does a good job throughout the film’s runtime, as a playful kid and then as a silent, traumatized child. Despite being the second film in The Boy universe, part two does not rely heavily on the first, thus giving everyone a chance to enjoy the film.

What Could’ve Been Better:

The story is quite predictable and nothing groundbreaking happens throughout the film, unfortunately. The film uses tropes and cliches to forward the simple plot. While the end ties the film together, don’t expect a big reveal or a twist.

Why You Should Watch:

If you liked The Boy, you can enjoy Brahms: The Boy II. The short runtime, good performances, and a decent star cast only add to the film and makes it a decent one-time watch.