21+ Brahms: The Boy II Reviews – Even The Actors Were Creeped Out By The Doll

Brahms: The Boy II ⭐️⭐️

Without the doll, this movie is nothing. A creepy doll design in this movie is pretty all it has going for it. Even the actor, Christoopher Convery who plays Jude was weirded out by Brahms:

“When I first met Brahms, he was so creepy,” recalled Convery. “He had silicone skin, and in the first movie, he was made out of porcelain skin. It’s kind of like he got an upgrade. And then his eyes were so glassy and lifelike. It was so creepy.”

The Boy II’s Christopher Convery recalls his first meeting with Brahms

The only thing worse than a creepy doll, is one inexplicably buried in the woods. Who would bury a doll anyway? And his clothes buried with it just kind of adds to the strangeness.

… you have been warned, SPOILERS ahead …

Brahms is the Best Part of the Movie

Let’s start with the good: Brahms. That’s it. Brahms is the high point of this movie. He doesn’t even do anything and he’s creepy. Actually, he opens his mouth at one point in the movie and a bunch of flying creatures emerge. That’s just one stupid jumpscare movie, but will admit it jolted me. Might also have been the loud music.

What’s with the name and why do I keep wanting to add an ‘a’ to it? Brahams. Like it’s a ham mixed with a doll (that might actually have made this more farcical like Thankskilling). Why not spelled Broms?

Just don’t think too hard on this movie and you’ll be safe.

Stupid Decisions in horror films are the norm, but this is ridiculous

If you’re having problems adapting in the city, having troubles with reality, where do you move? Out to some creepy house in the middle of nowhere with a doll buried in the woods nearby? Yeah, that makes perfect sense — and yet it is exactly what happens here.

Suspending your disbelief is required in horror, but also suspending any sort of logic is necessary when watching.

Instead of making this mediocre sequel, why not an adaptation of another story?

Heck, just throw a dart at any top bestselling horror novel and adapt that. You’d be doing better than this movie. I don’t understand these studios. About the only one that seems to have any common filmmaking business sense is Blumhouse and they are still very hit and miss.

Where are the good screenplays? They simply have to be out there.


I was all in on this one, regardless if it was good or bad simply because it was widely released. Have zero desire to see the original movie this was based on, but maybe if it comes to a streaming channel we subscribe to I’ll attempt to watch it. Some of the other reviews I read, say the first one was OK.

Reviews by Others

Here’s what others think of Brahms: The Boy II.


  1. jmunney’s blog: “…it makes me optimistic that The Boy could become a long-running low-budget horror series”
  2. Logan Coleman Film Reviews (7/10): “…I haven’t seen the original film, but this would be a good creepy jump scare horror movie for newbies. I appreciated the gothic atmosphere. The costume design was good. I am going against most other film critics.”

Not Recommended (or on the fence)

  1. An Idiot And His Films (2/10): “It’s just a cheap cash in on a movie which nobody cared about or even remembered to begin with.”
  2. B & S About Movies: “…engages in world building and trying to place a reason for all the madness, but in my opinion, the unanswered nature of the first film was a much more horrific experience.”
  3. Dyl’s Movie Stuff (3/10): “…took everything that I thought worked in the first movie, threw it out, and left us with the generic, boring, unscary, creepy doll movie we thought we were getting the first time.”
  4. Edward’s Film Reviews (1.5/4): “…is a horror film that doesn’t offer much that heavily relies on cliches. The repetitiveness of many scenes make the film seen longer than it should be. Quite honestly, this a forgettable film that doesn’t evoke much emotion or a reaction to the film.”
  5. Eliah De Castro: “…is a mass of dead energy, with its cheap jumpscares so frequent it could be compared to the explosions in a Michael Bay film.”
  6. Halloween Year Round / Dave Pierdomenico: “It just reeks of a cheap cash grab.  And what’s most unfortunate is Katie Holmes gives a pretty decent performance, as does the young Christopher Convery.  Their talents of acting deserve a much better script than this one!”
  7. Keith Noakes / KeithLovesMovies (18%): “…is a laughably dull and irritatingly-derivative effort takes the original film in an even more ridiculous direction.”
  8. In Their Own League (2.5/5): “Many interesting tangents–from the gaslighting of women to the perversion of innocent youth by malevolent forces, both real and supernatural–are touched upon, but never satisfyingly explored.”
  9. Mark Hobin / Fast Film Review: “…is so thoroughly generic, mundane, banal, mediocre, uninteresting that to write a longer review would essentially be a creative exercise in using a thesaurus.  Sadly the narrative is a complete zero.”
  10. Mirza Baig: “…is a misguided horror sequel which disregards its original and overdoes it with poor scares.”
  11. Moore Reviews / Tom Moore (1/5): “It’s the kind of horror sequel that no one wants as it doesn’t even respect the solid elements of the original. It’s devoid of fun scares, interesting characters, unique ideas, and is simply not worth anyone’s time.”
  12. Movie Minutes / Jordan Peterson: “Now personally I don’t like to whip out the phrase “cash grab” because every movie is on some level an attempt to make money. That said, if ever a movie qualified for the title, it’s Brahms: The Boy II.”
  13. Nightmare on Film Street: “…is a strange follow-up. Everything that made the first movie so successful is fundamentally undone in this ill-conceived sequel.”
  14. Often Off Topic (2/5): “Let’s take a vacation to a house in the middle of the woods next door to a creepy mansion. We won’t Google it first, either. Also – if my daughter ever found a doll like Brahms buried in the woods? You can bet your ass I would set it on fire the second I saw it.”
  15. Olivia Hill / Moviebabble: “…completely abandons the outcome of the first film and dumps an unnecessary story on an audience who never asked for a sequel in the first place.”
  16. Startled Sloth Reviews: “…is a tax evasion project, a money laundering scheme, or both. I swear, that’s the only explanation for how something this lazy and careless gets made in the first place.”
  17. Surgeons of Horror: “The scares are absent. The thrill factor is non-existent. And my interest waned before the half hour mark, as I had no care or interest in what happened to the characters.”
  18. Ten Stars or Less (1/10): “I only went to watch this (in a theatre all to myself) because I needed to know how bad it was.”
  19. The Grump Of Horror (1/5): “While the film is well made generally, there’s nothing here to grip onto.”
  20. The Reviewer’s Unite / Matt Vetrano: “Skip this movie and wait for a GOOD horror movie to come out this year.  They can’t hide forever, darn it!” (Ed. The Invisible Man has cometh!)
  21. The Velvet Cinephile: “…never justifies its existence.”

Did I miss your review? Use the comments to tell me about your movie-related/review blog and I’ll follow. I like following movie-related blogs and pull quoting from my reading list as well as other new blogs shared, liked and discovered.

Happy movie watching!

NOW PLAYING REVIEWS: The Call Of The Wild (2020), Brahms: The Boy II

Week #8 of 2020 (2/20-2/23/2020) has two movies with main characters that are not human, animal or alive: Buck the CGI dog and Brahms the creepy doll. A weekend of new movies dealing with, yes, imaginary friends.

It’s still pretty easy choosing the top wide release from these two, not even a close dog fight, really ….

… #1…

The Call Of The Wild (2020) ⭐️⭐️⭐️

This dog sorta hunts. The movie is more endearing once/if you can get past the fact that it’s just a bunch of whiz bang computer effects tricking us into thinking it’s a real dog. Don’t look around Buck’s dog collar because that’s where it looks the most fake. Just floating in space as a lifeless thing the collar just doesn’t belong.

Just leaving the theater (no spoilers) reaction to The Call of the Wild (2020)

And you’ll have to forgive me for wanting more Harrison Ford, despite the fact that he’s billed as a supporting actor. I get that the main character is Buck, but to get only half or less of the movie involving Ford made the film less entertaining. Also, I thought seeing Ford in a beard, weathered and old would be a sad experience (He’s Han freaking Solo!), but it wasn’t. He was good in this role. He showed up, did his thing, so pay the legendary actor already.

The million dollar question is whether or not Buck is more dog than computer? Suppose it’s done good enough but there are several places a real dog — that shelter dog Buck is based on, in fact — could have been safely used. I guess if we want that, then we need to go back to watching a prior adaptation. The dog being beaten bloody with a wooden stick in the older version scars the mind, so I’m OK with CGI for stuff like that.

Buck’s story is less compelling in CGI. I know, I know, there are animated movies and those don’t use real actors/actresses, but there is something missing in this movie not including a real dog like there was in The Art of Racing in The Rain ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This movie is on the streaming / rental circuit, so check that out and compare. Both are based on books, the latter on Garth Stein’s, the former Jack London’s.

Brahms: The Boy II ⭐️⭐️

Dolls, dolls, dolls. Oh, those creepy dolls you find buried in the woods. Yeah, taking that home, cleaning it up, dressing it like your young son is going to work out — not! I did like the name, Brahms and his child friend, Jude (Hey Jude!), but it’s an overall anemic effort.

Just leaving the theater (no spoilers) review of Brahms: The Boy II

None of the horror movies released so far in 2020 — including this one — have been good. I’m hoping this all changes when we get to A Quiet Place: Part II next month or maybe Blumhouse’s take on The Invisible Man next weekend(?). My favorite genre has been lacking, sadly, but it’s early in the year so far. October is when the big guns start firing. I’m ready, bring it!

Sonic is not going to have much trouble leading box office sales for a second week (Actually after Friday’s numbers, the race is tighter). Another CGI character, but at least one that was never real to begin with.

Want to see what else we recommend NOW PLAYING at the theater?

Here are other movies we’ve seen at the theaters recently and liked (maybe they are available in your area still) that are recommended. Any movie rated at least 3-stars is recommended. You should read any 3-star review (click the title), because sometimes we do qualify those recommendations, meaning we were entertained, but it doesn’t mean that the film was that good.

4-star movies are highly recommended and films rated as 4 1/2 or 5 stars are must see.

  1. 1917 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️½ 
  2. Little Women ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  3. Knives Out ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  4. Uncut Gems ⭐️⭐️⭐️½
  5. Parasite⭐️⭐️⭐️
  6. Frozen II ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  7. Bad Boys For Life ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  8. Sonic The Hedgehog ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  9. The Call Of The Wild ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (this weekend)
  10. Bad Boys For Life ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  11. The Last Full Measure ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  12. Dolittle ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Happy movie watching to you!

Opening 2-20-2020 in Theaters: The Call Of The Wild, Brahms: The Boy II

Wednesday, here we are! Week #8 (2/20 – 2/23/2020) where we get to see Harrison Ford kicking it with a CGI dog in an adaptation of a classic novel and horror movie sequel involving a creepy doll.

The Call Of The Wild

I’m going back and forth with how interested in this movie I am. On one side, I like Harrison Ford and most movies he’s in. On the other, I’m not that crazy about a CGI dog, other than if it looks fake or real. I’d rather see a real dog, although of course I don’t want a real dog put in harm’s way. Just seems to me there could have been some way to have been CGI stunt dog and real dog used in the film. Then again, I haven’t seen the movie to know just how many dangerous scenes there are.

That all said, I don’t remember the book very well that I read some 40 years ago, so my interest in older books adapted into movies is minimal. I’m in the camp that favors adapting new works (books that have never been adapted before) over yet another adaptation of an older work. Clearly, this adaptation is trying for a creative angle, but that just seems a waste to me when there are plenty of great stories out there the deserve to have a movie made one.

Then again, I’m not the one investing in the picture. You’ve got Harrison Ford, that’s a draw, I’m sure. And a dog. Even if it’s a CGI dog. We love dogs, so it might be a huge hit. In my little tiny corner of the web, this film is very popular here. Whether or not that means the film will do well at the box office, I don’t know.

Bottom line: I’m going in looking somewhat forward to seeing it. Being completely honest, I’m not sure my interest is in the story more than the curiosity around the technology and that Harrison Ford is starring in it.

Anticipation: 5/10

Brahms: The Boy II

I didn’t see the first film in this series. Up until I started watching all new wide releases, I resisted watching sequels until I’ve seen the first film. Not sure how that impacts my interest in this one, but probably a little negatively. I can’t compare it to the original because I won’t have seen it first. Maybe I’ll like this one a lot and it will encourage me to go back and see if the original is even better (which is how it usually works for me with sequels).

I’m just lukewarm on this one. Hope it surprises me and is a really entertaining film.

Anticipation: 3/10

ANTICIPATION for Week #8: 2/20/20 MOVIES

How much on scale of 1-10 anticipating the 2-20-2020 movies?

  1. The Call of The Wild – 5/10
  2. Brahms: The Boy 2 – 3/10

Are there screenings in our area to see these movies?

Both movies are confirmed wide screenings available at theaters in our area with screenings available starting on 2/20/20. Both will be watched, rated and reviewed probably one on Thursday, the other Friday.

FIRST LOOK: Brahms: The Boy 2

Here’s a new doll horror film coming that slipped under the radar for February 2020 release. It hasn’t been previously listed on any of the coming soon posts. It opens the same day as The Call of the Wild [FIRST LOOK] and Emma [FIRST LOOK].

A young boy names the doll Brahms.

Unaware of the terrifying history of Heelshire Mansion, a young family moves into the estate, where their young son soon makes an unsettling new friend, an eerily life-like doll he calls Brahms.

Movie Insider story info
Brahms: The Boy 2 official trailer

Trailer reaction:

  • Hey Jude!
  • Someone or something is not kind to Jude’s stuffed animals. That bear was ripped to shreds.
  • Jude just likes to appear out of nowhere and jumpscare his parents? Please.
  • So Jude is already messed up and the solution is to take him to a house that looks haunted to begin with? Yeah, that’s sound medical advice!
  • Jude has to dig up Brahms the doll? Is Brahms who was doing the Jason Vorhees whisper “Jude!” over and over again in the trailer?
  • Who names a doll Brahms anyway? There must be something behind that odd name.
  • Uh oh, Brahms and Jude are starting to look freakishly similar. Is Jude becoming Brahms?
  • Centipede in Brahams ear alert!

Kind of makes me wonder what happened in the first The Boy (2016)? The trailer seems to give away a lot of the sequel’s story.

Brahms: The Boy 2 opens in theaters on February 21, 2020.