2020 horror movies have been pretty terrible so far and this sequel that feels as if it were completely unnecessary, is no exception.
Brahms” The Boy II came out this weekend and it takes its place among the bad horror movies of 2020.
In a sequel to the 2016 film The Boy, Brahms: The Boy II actually takes the premise from the previous movie and totally changes it up. It is one of the stranger facts involving this movie, which makes little sense. Honestly, The Boy was okay, but I do not remember much about it outside of the fact that it starred The Walking Dead’s Lauren Cohan.
There was no Lauren Cohan to be found here though, replaced as lead by Katie Holmes. She played Liza, who, along with her son Jude (Christopher Covery), were the victims of a random home invasion that really messed them up, mentally. In an attempt for a fresh start, they, along with Liza’s husband and Jude’s father Sean (Owain Yeoman), moved to the country and wound up in the guest house of the Heelshire Estate from the original movie.
Soon after arriving, Jude finds the doll Brahms buried in the woods by the house and the doll begins to communicate with the kid, controlling him and leading to some terrible events to happen. Liza, still dealing with her own PTSD from the home invasion incident, is extremely uneasy with the doll, going as far as to wonder if the doll is alive. However Jude, who has been mute since the attack, has begun talking to the doll and she was so happy with this occurrence that some of the other behavior is ignored.
Soon, Liza can no longer ignore the behavior as bad things keep happening and everything points to Jude, or Brahms, being the culprit.
This is a terrible movie.
Yes, the acting is poor. Katie Holmes is adequate, but she does so many stupid things and makes so many bed choices that you just cannot take her seriously as a mother. There is a scene where she finds Jude’s notepad that contained sketches of a dead dog, of Jude standing over his parents’ dead bodies with a shotgun among others. When she got caught looking at these drawing by Jude, she puts them down and kind of slinks away as if she was ashamed of looking. It is not until later that she mentioned the drawings to Sean (which have been conveniently removed). Why would a mother do that? Wasn’t this a HUGE red light flashing in your face that your son is having some issues? I don’t care at that point that I have invaded my son’s privacy. That ship has sailed already. I would be taking that kid immediately to get help and confronting him about the art. That stupidity completely took me out of this movie.
Not that I was in the movie that much anyway.
Then there was a strange twist (if you want to call it that) in the third act that came out of nowhere and completely flipped everything that we had seen up until that point onto its head, and not in a good way. The third act of this movie was totally ridiculous and filled with stupendously poor choices.
Even worse, the film is relentlessly dull. So little happens that even the jump scares were not that effective. Unless, of course, you are in a group of middle school kids, who happened to be in my theater and seemed to be scared by every inane thing that appeared unexpectedly (to them) on the screen.
There is a version of this movie (I believe) that makes this film more interesting. Maybe if they were actually looking at PTSD or mental illness in some kind of actual way, using this creepy doll as a figure that is being imagined by either Liza or Jude and how they are manifesting that illness in physical ways. But that is not here. Brahms is a supernatural creature and totally ignores the original film, The boy, in the process.
Horror movies have really been skidding along in 2020 so far. Here’s to hoping that the genre improves as the year progresses.