orphan prequel

Orphan, Jaume Collet-Serra’s stylish horror thriller about an adopted child who turns out to be a murderous adult in disguise, is getting a prequel. William Brent Bell, director of The Boy and the upcoming Brahams: The Boy 2, is set to direct the pic, which is titled Esther. The movie will explore the origin story of the murderous faux-child.

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Brahms: The Boy II Interview with Katie Holmes

This weekend will see Brahms: The Boy II coming to theaters, bringing back the creepy doll with the piercing gaze and the unsettlingly innocent face. This time, Brahms is terrorizing a whole new family by way of a boy named Jude (Christopher Convery), who discovers the doll buried in the woods on the property of the Heelshire Mansion. Jude is suffering from some trauma after a home invasion, and he’s not speaking to his parents Liza and Sean (Katie Holmes and Owain Yeoman). But soon he starts speaking to Brahms, and that’s when the creepy stuff begins.

Katie Holmes has dabbled in horror and thrillers with turns in The Gift and Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, but this is a different kind of horror movie for the actress since it allowed her to play mother to a terrified child who is slowly becoming horrifying himself. In a roundtable interview with the actress set up in conjunction with our set visit report for Brahms: The Boy II, Katie Holmes discussed what she loves about horror, what she found relatable about her character, and of course, that creepy doll. Read More »

Brahms: The Boy II Trailer

In just under two weeks, Brahms: The Boy II brings back that creepy doll who ended up having a twisted secret in The Boy back in 2016. But perhaps there’s more to Brahms than we know.

The final Brahms: The Boy II trailer has arrived online just in time for National Make a Friend Day. But you probably don’t want a doll with strict rules to be your new friend, especially after you see the kind of trouble he seems to be causing for Katie Holmes. Watch it below. Read More »

Brahms: The Boy II Set Visit

Brahms: The Boy II brings back the uncomfortably innocent-looking doll who wreaked havoc on the life of a nanny named Greta (Lauren Cohan) in The Boy in 2016. At least that’s what it seemed like until the third act of the film pulled the rug out from under audiences and revealed something much more twisted at play. And when it comes to the sequel arriving in theaters in February, it looks like Brahms may be tied to something even more sinister than the first movie revealed.

/Film visited the set of Brahms: The Boy II when production was underway in Victoria, British Colombia, the western Canadian province northwest of Washington. While on set, we learned how Brahms begins a new tale of horror with a new family who is is just trying to forget a traumatic event that has left them shaken to their core. And things are only going to get worse for them after they meet Brahms. Read More »

The Boy

Next month brings the sequel to the satisfying and surprising horror movie The Boy. Director William Brent Bell and writer Stacey Menear are back for Brahms: The Boy II, and so is the creepy doll that terrified everyone in the first movie.

/Film was lucky enough to be invited to visit the set of the horror sequel last year to meet Brahms and visit his historical home, and we’ll have more on that later this week. But during that visit, we learned about an impressive visual effect that was utilized in the film’s climax, and it’s almost as surprising as the twist ending of the movie itself. Find out more below, but beware of spoilers for The Boy. Read More »

the boy 2

The Boy, the 2016 film about a creepy doll that looks like Jared Kushner, is getting a sequel. In The Boy 2, Katie Holmes will find herself facing off against Brahms, a doll with a dark secret. Of course, if you saw the first film, you already know what that secret is. But that’s not going to stop original Boy director William Brent Bell from telling this story.

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from a buick 8

Hollywood has Stephen King fever, and pretty soon every single thing the man has written will find its way to the screen. The latest King adaptation is From a Buick 8, based on King’s 2002 novel about a car from another dimension. It’s a lot less silly than it sounds. William Brent Bell, who helmed the 2016 creepy doll film The Boy, will direct.

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the boy trailer

It’s official: between the new trailer for The Boy and the upcoming sequel to Annabelle, possessed dolls are officially a trend. Ready your spec scripts, ladies and gentlemen. Murderous inanimate objects are in.

The new trailer for The Boy does look familiar, but comfortably so. Sometimes, all you need is a movie where a toy stalks a woman (Lauren Cohan, a.k.a. Maggie on The Walking Dead) through an oppressive Gothic mansion, forcing our in-over-her-head heroine to solve mysteries, survive countless jump scares, and maybe escape to the end credits with some breath left in her lungs. The killer doll subgenre of horror cinema may not be the most respected corner of the genre, but it has its moments.

Watch the Boy trailer trailer after the jump.

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Early this year the film The Devil Inside became a strange sensation. Released in the dead of January and powered by an unexpectedly successful marketing campaign, the film took in a $53m domestic haul even as it left many audiences unsatisfied at the end. The film became only the sixth to earn an ‘F’ CinemaScore; the CinemaScore system tracks audience satisfaction, but doesn’t necessarily correlate to the quality of the film. (The other Fs were Solaris, Bug, Wolf Creek, Darkness, and Richard Kelly’s The Box.)

With that sort of financial return — the film cost only a million bucks — director William Brent Bell and co-writer Matthew Peterman became a hot ticket. Now FilmDistrict may end up distributing the duo’s next film, a horror thriller called WER. Read More »

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After the success of Paranormal Activity, Paramount created a small division called Insurge. The purpose of that company offshoot was to make or buy several ‘micro-budget’ films each year — essentially movies made for about a million dollars that could (hopefully) replicate some of the success of Paranormal Activity.

The first Insurge effort is this: The Devil Inside, in which a young woman named Isabella visits her mother, who has been held in what seems to be a Vatican-run institution after killing three people during an exorcism. The trailer has just hit, and it shows the film to be some combination of the now-familiar approach of the ‘found footage’ horror genre and more traditional film narrative. It also has some reasonably creepy scenes of demonic possession. (Or of great Satanic yoga poses, though I guess to some extreme fundamentalists, possession and yoga are basically the same thing.)

Check out the trailer below. Read More »