A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
In a way, the movie is a warning against doing dangerous things just to gain social media followers, but it's a fairly indirect message.
Positive Role Models
No role models here: Characters are all thinly drawn, behave only according to needs of plot. Auna claims that she's pursuing acting not to see her "name in lights," but she's still pretty interested in amassing YouTube followers, and she seems to pick up The Gallows simply to do that.
Violence & Scariness
Jump scares. Images of people hanged by the neck. Dead bodies. Things flying across the room. Ghosts, creatures. Dog killed, shown hanging from tree. Choking. Door slamming on fingers; blood shown. Sewing needle in finger (blood). Teen is verbally bullied/discouraged by family members. Bullies at school.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Teens kiss passionately and are then interrupted.
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Uses of "s--t," "damn."
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Products & Purchases
Characters are obsessed with YouTube views; the YouTube interface is shown many times.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Gallows Act II is the sequel to the 2015 horror movie The Gallows. This one doesn't use the same "found footage" gimmick, but it does rely heavily on jump scares, loud noises, and not-very-smart characters; it's mostly familiar old clichés. Violent/disturbing images include characters hanged by the neck and choking, a dog killed and hung from a tree, things flying across the room, ghosts and monsters, some blood, and bullying. Minimal language includes uses of "s--t" and "damn." Teens kiss passionately but are interrupted. A teen girl is obsessed with her YouTube views and subscribers, and the YouTube interface is shown frequently. In a way, the movie is a warning against doing dangerous things just to gain social media followers, but that message is pretty indirect. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Marginally better than its found-footage predecessor, which isn't saying much, this horror sequel still falls prey to the usual clichés, from cheap jump scares to not-very-smart characters. The Gallows was a clumsy jumble that was hamstrung both by weak characters and a weak premise. But it was a hit, so co-writers/directors Travis Cluff and Chris Lofing are back with The Gallows Act II. This time, they ditch the found-footage style and focus on a more likable character in Auna, but although she's sweet, she's still annoyingly naive. Her behavior is always bent in service to the plot, rather than to her character.
As a scary movie, this one's a dud. Almost all of the bloodless frights are jump scares, and many of them are false, all accompanied by loud, percussive noises on the soundtrack. It's the equivalent of someone jumping out and yelling "Boo!" Moreover, the few non-jump scares are also ruined by an overuse of music. Even the overall plot isn't very interesting. Whatever malevolent spirit is in charge of tormenting people with the old play isn't much of a presence here; the events feel almost random. In the end, the unsatisfying The Gallows Act II will leave most horror fans feeling like they're at the end of their rope.
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