Brahms: The Boy II

Theatrical Release: February 21, 2020
Brahms: The Boy II


After a family moves into the Heelshire Mansion, their young son soon makes friends with a life-like doll called Brahms.

Dove Review

To watch Brahms: The Boy II is to watch it fall apart. The film does much to undo the story and interesting plot twist of the original. While the first The Boy would not be Dove-approved (for many of the same reasons here) it worked well in a is-there-a-ghost-gonna-get-the-nanny-oh-wait-a-scary-plot-twist kind of way. It chose its tropes, and assembled them. Why end the first film with an open door for a sequel, only to slam it in the audience’s face?

The actors try, but the characters are flat. The scary tropes are utilized, but almost never work. The special effects are fine, but can’t make the entire film very special. Instead of proceeding from the momentum of the first film, it tries to change direction, loses speed, and silently comes to a stop onscreen. Eventually, the audience may shake hands with the film, realizing neither of them seem to care much.

It’s a sad (and uninteresting) experience. The entire film seems haunted by the original. Viewers who enjoyed the original one enough to watch the sequel will probably be disappointed. And viewing the sequel on its own won’t do the film many favors, either.

There may be some positive aspects, but they’re rather slim, and possibly overshadowed by the negative aspects. The content is dark, with mental illness, suicide, and dark spirituality, as well as portrayals of violence, sometimes with children.

Brahms: The Boy II is Not Dove-approved.

The Dove Take:

Horror sequel is a lackluster lullaby filled with dark content and violence.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: Characters try to do what’s good (sometimes).
Sex: A married couple has some sexual conversations, including some that have innuendo; a character jokes that that something was “kinky.”
Language: JC-1; S-2 once with “holy”; H-2: “sucks”; negative dialogue, like “mental.”
Violence: Characters are threatened, hit, and thrown around; a dog is killed. A woman is hit, and bleeds on the carpet; a dog is killed; a kid is impaled, but we’re told that they will be ok; a gun is seen multiple times, and people are threatened with it; a kid draws scary and disturbing pictures, illustrating blood; supernatural violence; disturbing pictures, writing, and talk.
Drugs: Drinking and talking about drinking; alcohol is seen.
Nudity: A woman wears a form fitting tank top; some unclothed statues.
Other: Negative, and dark content, including mental illness and suicide; dark supernatural activity; a monstrous/demonic creature; creepy voices; nightmares/scary visions; jump-scares; bullying, a character scares someone else.


Company: STX Entertainment
Genre: Horror
Runtime: 86 min.
Reviewer: John P.