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The Gallows Act II

By Jeffrey M. Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Lots of cheap jump scares in violent horror sequel.

Movie R 2019 99 minutes
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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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