Since you were totally wondering, The Gallows is getting a sequel. You remember that movie? Yes? Sort of? No?
Released in 2015, The Gallows is a fine enough found footage horror movie about an evil scary demon man-child named Charlie who loves acting and killing high school kids in a theater. It’s not very original, it’s not very well written, but truth be told, it wasn’t as awful as everyone made it out to be – it was an alright, unoffensive way to pass an hour and a half. It was met with disdain by many horror fans upon its release – it is part of possibly the single most hated horror subgenre – but it still managed to pull in $43m at the domestic box office against a tiny $100k budget. So, I suppose this was inevitable.
The news comes from an advance movie screening website designed for finding test audiences, called 1iota. According to the site, they are looking “for 13-25 year old horror fans to attend a special advance screening of “The Gallows 2”.”
The posting is followed by a short synopsis, which describes The Gallows 2 as “Sequel to The Gallows. After aspiring actress Auna Rue transfers to a prestigious new school, her desires are twisted by a viral challenge capable of conjuring a malevolent spirit.”
Look, I’ve got no problem with found footage films, and it really doesn’t seem like they’re going anywhere. I’ve got no problem with sequels either because face it: they’ve been happening forever and they’re going to continue to happen. And I’ve also got no problem with The Gallows because sometimes I really do get in the mood for a quick piece of questionably-written horror that’s not really that shocking or terrifying. Or good. I don’t know; maybe I’m weird. Or maybe you’re weird. Who’s to say?
However, I’m well aware that I’m in the minority on this one. The film was in the runnings for a Fangoria Chainsaw Award in 2016 for Worst Movie. It came in fourth, with Poltergeist taking home the shameful win. Ouch. Well, sorry for you people – a second helping of the film will be coming eventually. Merry Christmas.