The Gallows: Act II (2019)
Directed By: Chris Lofing & Travis Cluff
Starring: Ema Horvath, Chris Milligan, Brittany Falardeau
Synopsis: After Auna Rue, a teenage vlogger/aspiring actress, logs onto a sinister website, she’s soon trapped in the malevolent world of a cursed stage play, The Gallows. After performing a passage from the play for her tiny online fan base, Auna instantly achieves the stardom she seeks—as well as a twisted challenge from a deadly spirit (The Hangman) in this nightmarish supernatural thriller from the company that brought you Paranormal Activity and Insidious.
Review: A movie coming from Blumhouse is always going to have me curious. Without a doubt Blumhouse have given the horror genre the right dose of what we needed. Thus the reason they managed to make a exceedingly good Halloween movie.
The opening of the movie was creepy, it featured some teens in a basement, who have conjured up the spirit of ‘The Hangman’, It was a great way to amp up the tempo to get the audience hooked. Soon after we are introduced to Auna, a YouTube blogger/Vlogger with a hunger for stardom and is willing to do anything to get her place in the spotlight. Even if that means playing the ‘Charlie Challenge’. A game where the spirit of ‘The Hangman’ is summoned. Small print is…. Everyone that plays..DIES.
Once she starts playing and not see any phenomenon herself, Auna thinks nothing of it and continues to play, she is only to late to realise that what she has started, she cannot possibly finish. As events start to take a sinister turn.
The first movie was a basic meat and potatoes horror set in the one setting and centred around a group of teenagers locked in an auditorium after hours with a violent spirit. This time around the movie opts for more of a psychological horror-thriller rather than a straight up horror. The movie has many tense moments and some jump scares, which do deliver. The body count isn’t high, but you can instantly tell once the wheels are in motion that this movie wasn’t aiming for that.
The acting wasn’t the usual cheese you get in horror movies these days and each character was likeable, which I must say is rare these days in movies. I hadn’t honestly heard of the cast members in this movie, but I was impressed and couldn’t now imagine these guys not playing the parts. There is also a slight twist towards the end which threw me off a little. I wasn’t sure if I liked it or not or if I had misinterpreted some pieces. I shall sure try to connect with writers and directors Mike Cluff and Travis Lofing to discuss the movie.
The Gallows: Act II will leave your hanging on the edge of your seat!! I had fun watching It, A Saturday night well spent.