FILM REVIEW: THE GALLOWS ACT 2
The Gallows: Act 2, directed by Travis Cluff and Chris Loffing is an enjoyable, clever film that effectively pulls many tricks out of the magician’s hat. There is a caveat as I believe some viewers might find the effort to be a little excessive. But from a centrist view I prefer to straddle the middle and enjoy the ride. And that is exactly what I did.
Protagonist Auna Rue, (Ema Horvath) is a starry-eyed, transfer student obsessed with becoming famous by way of stage acting. After she finds an original copy of a play called The Gallows, Auna addresses her online community hoping to reel in more followers/fans. In the process something goes bump in the night and she soon finds herself in an unpleasant predicament. Well, several unpleasant predicaments.
Horvath (Auna Rue) a clone of horror queen, Neve Campbell (Scream franchise) has an uncanny likeness to the former and it’s not only in her physical features which takes us back to 1996. Many of her expressions leads me to believe she’s making a choice to play up that aspect and she does it well. But I digress.
Back in the classroom we enjoy a well executed homage to A Nightmare on Elm Street and the ubiquitous classroom scene, complete with a sped up tempo music track. It is a beautiful wink to one of the greatest horror movie franchises of all time. I’m here for it.
The plot unfolds at a good pace and there is a suitable ratio of story to horror. The acting is good all around which elevates the story. I enjoyed the elements of creepiness that would have only been improved upon had practical effects been used rather than CGI.
The Gallows: Act 2 is a fun date night movie or friend night movie, especially if you’re seeking a little fright this Halloween night, and who’s not?