DVD | Horror | 03 Jun 2020
He's made a friend
After a family moves into the Heelshire Mansion, their young son soon makes friends with a life-like doll called Brahms.
Review of Brahms: The Boy 2 by Christopher Pattison
The 2016 horror film ‘The Boy’ was a sleeper hit! Making a decent box office return from a modest budget. It was inevitable that a sequel was on the way. ‘Brahms: The Boy II’, shakes up the concept of the first film adding a supernatural edge to the horror and tension which was absent in the first film. Without giving away any spoilers, ‘The Boy’ focused heavily on psychological horror with a twist, where ‘Brahms: The Boy II’ has a stronger emphasis on the supernatural and paranormal. This time around, Katie Holmes plays our lead and she is the strongest part of this film. She proves that she is a great performer and that she can elevate material given to her. The shot-composition of the film is also gorgeous, with great set-design and interesting camera angles allowing the film to feel lived in and real, adding to the suspense and horror of the film. The atmosphere from the secluded house and setting is also very intense, with great long takes and moments of silence that really added to the film's atmosphere and tension, making the audience feel like they are also stuck in the house with this demonic doll. The film's atmosphere and slick direction really make it feel more authentic and make the film stand apart from other films in the genre. ‘Brahms: The Boy 2’ is a worthy sequel, with a great lead performance from Katie Holmes, great tension and atmosphere and a fun shake-up of the first film's premise and mythology. If you are a fan of horror then this is a title you won’t want to miss, and I am giving ‘Brahms: The Boy 2’ a 7/10. Make sure you pick up this one on Blu-Ray as well, as the film's presentation on Blu-Ray is quite impressive.
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Review of Brahms: The Boy II by Peter Walkden
The film begins with Lisa (Katie Holmes) coming home to her son, Jude (Christopher Convery). During the night, the two suffer a violent break-in to their apartment, which leaves Lisa with a head injury and her son refusing to speak ever again. Lisa's partner decides to take the family away to a quiet place near the Heelshire Mansion, where the two can recover and overcome their fears. After all, the woods are usually a perfect place to relax. Not this time. It is not long until Jude finds a life-like doll that has been buried. The family clean the doll up and discover its name is Brahms.
I enjoyed the first film, The Boy, which I reviewed with a film score of 6.0/10. As a sequel, there are no returning characters in this installment. Brahms: The Boy II is quite different to the first film, especially regarding its story and main characters. The direction this film took did surprise me.
The Audio quality of this film is exceptionally pleasing. Those who enjoy a horror film with consistent jump scares will find the audio quality of this film excellent. Visuals are also great, but as expected, they are rather dark and bland to suit the tone of the film.
Another pleasing element is the performances, particularly from actor Christopher Convery who plays Jude. While Jude's character does not speak a great deal, he communicates with a pen and note pad. The more he is with Brahms, the more disturbing his role becomes. The only reason why Jude is allowed to keep Brahms by his side is because his parents have hopes it may assist him in finally speaking once again.
Overall, fans who have seen the original installation may be curious to see this film. To my surprise, the film takes a somewhat different path than expected. This sequel takes some severe risks, particularly when it comes to Brahms as a horror figure, and I feel people's responses could be mixed.
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Title: Brahms - The Boy II
Release Date: 03 Jun 2020
Actor(s): Katie Holmes, Owain Yeoman, Christopher Convery, Ralph Ineson, Anjali Jay, Keoni Rebeiro, Oliver Rice, Natalie Moon, Daphne Hoskins, Joely Collins, Ellie King, Joanne Kimm, Karl Mercer
Catalogue No: DL6995
Disc Count: 1
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
OFLC Rating: M
Run Time: 83
Transfer Format: 16:9 Enhanced, Widescreen, Full Height Anamorphic
Video Format: PAL
Primary Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
Language: English, Dolby Digital 5.1
Region Code: 4
OFLC Advice: Horror Themes, Horror Violence
Director(s): William Brent Bell
Genre: Horror/Sci-Fi, Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller