SHORT STORY :
After a family moves into the Heelshire Mansion, their young son soon makes friends with a life-like doll called Brahms.
FULL STORY :
A home invasion leaves Liza with a head injury and her son Jude traumatized and silent for months. Along with Sean, Liza’s husband and Jude’s father, they move across country to the Heelshires’ property. While exploring the woods, Jude finds a porcelain doll buried in a shallow grave in the ground and dusts off the dirt before deciding to take him home. Liza and Sean believe he is using the doll to express his feelings but it becomes more sinister with the doll laying down his rules. Jude becomes withdrawn in his room, carrying the doll with him wherever he goes.
The parents soon learn the evil history of the doll, with all the killings and suicides. More unusual incidents happen, like the dining room table collapsing when Jude warns his mother not to make the doll angry. Liza also sees horrific and violent drawings in Jude’s notepad. Groundskeeper Joseph enters the house, aiming a shotgun at Liza. He begins telling the story of how Brahms asked him to put him back together, making Jude an easy target for the doll as he was not strong-willed. He then tells her that Brahms will take Jude away forever. Liza attacks Joseph with the shotgun, before beginning to search for her son. She goes into the basement and finds Jude in a trance-like state, ready to sacrifice himself with the doll. Liza manages to convince Jude that they will take Brahms home and become a family, without seeing Sean come in and break Brahms’ head with a croquet mallet before Joseph comes running in. Brahms’ head shatters, revealing a demonic doll underneath, more sinister than the porcelain innocent face. Brahms then kills Joseph without hesitation.
Jude picks Brahms up, convincing him they will be fine before tossing the doll into the fire. The family embrace and return back to their home, living happily as before the home invasion incident. At night, Jude puts on his Brahms face mask.
Cast / Crew
- Katie Holmes as Liza
- Owain Yeoman as Sean
- Christopher Convery as Jude
- Ralph Ineson as Joseph
- Anjali Jay as Dr. Lawrence
- Oliver Rice as Liam
- Natalie Moon as Pamela
- Daphne Hoskins as Sophie
- Joely Collins as Mary
By October 2018, it was announced that a sequel was in development, with Katie Holmes joining the cast of the film, William Brent Bell returning to direct and Stacey Menear back to write the script of the film, respectively, with Matt Berenson, Gary Lucchesi, Tom Rosenberg, Jim Wedaa and Eric Reid serving as producers, under their Lakeshore Entertainment banners, and STX Entertainment producing and distributing the film.
The film was theatrically released in the United States on February 21, 2020. It was previously scheduled for July 26, 2019, and then December 6, 2019.
As of March 15, 2020, Brahms: The Boy II has grossed $12.6 million in the United States and Canada, and $7.7 million in other territories, for a worldwide total of $20.3 million, against a production budget of $10 million.
In the United States and Canada, the film was released alongside The Call of the Wild, and was projected to gross $5–8 million from 2,151 theaters in its opening weekend. The film made $2.2 million on its first day, including $375,000 from Thursday night previews. It went on to debut to $5.7 million, finishing fifth at the box office. In its second weekend the film dropped 55% to $2.6 million, finishing sixth.