This year does seem to be a year of substandard horror films, or substandard sequels to average horror films.  And this is another one to add to the pile.

Certificate: 15

Director: William Brent Bell

Screenwriter: Stacey Menear

Starring: Katie Holmes, Owain Yeoman, Christopher Convery

Genre: Horror

Runtime: 86 Minutes

Rating: 2 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

What can I say about Brahms: The Boy 2?  Other then it’s predecessor ‘The Boy’ is vastly superior to it in every way.  Which is why it seems so strange to basically use this film to disregard everything that made the twist at the end of the original such a jaw dropper.  Instead, in the name of a shameless cash grab, they ignore that and try to go bigger and scarier.  It fails.

After a traumatic event that leaves their child suffering form elective mutism, a family decides to go and stay in the country for a while to try and rebuild their life.  When they arrive there, their son finds a doll buried in the garden, a doll that slowly, begins to have more and more control over the boy and the things that are permitted to happen in ‘his’ home.

Oh if this film had only had a decent script, I could have forgiven it a lot of other things, but instead the script was clunky, and the actors involved bless the did the best they could, but it would have been a struggle to pull anything amazing out of this bag.

The whole film hinges on the traumatic events that we see at the beginning if the film.  But the problem with that is that we never really know what happened.  The trauma is never really shown to us, so we are left to just assume that something terrible happened rather than the fade to black that we are shown.

It’s greatest weakness however comes in the form of its utter disregard for the film that came before it.  If you haven’t seen the first film ‘The Boy’ I am about to spoil it. 

So the entire film we are lead to believe that the doll is moving things around the house and eating food etc, when in reality, it was just a crazed young man living in the walls of the house.  There was nothing supernatural about the doll.  At all.  But now that the first film has made a good amount of profit, it was someone’s wise decision to make a sequel.  But rather then continue along the creepy, psychological horror from the first film, in the first twenty minutes we are shown that the doll is now possessed by some malevolent force.  We literally see the doll move.  All the creepiness is gone because you aren’t left guessing and all the suspense from the last film is gone because now, we are just dealing with another haunted doll story.

I like that they tried to do something shocking with the ending.  But instead, it was an ending that I saw coming a mile away, and of course they have left it wide open for yet another sequel.

If you want to melt your brain with yet another average horror movie, ‘The Boy 2’ is out in UK cinemas now.