The movie begins with a live performance in October 1993 of ‘The Gallows’
The movie begins in 1993 where people are watching a play at the school’s theatre. Suddenly, Charlie Grimille, who was supposed to be hung on the gallows, dies for real by hanging after a problem happens with the gallows used on stage.
Fast forward to present day
The movie then fast forwards to the present day, where years later, another team of students will perform ‘The Gallows’ at the school theatre. Reese is supposed to take the same role as Charlie, the guy who got hanged in 1993, and he will act alongside Pfeifer, a girl he has a crush on.
An unfamiliar woman always attended the training
An unfamiliar woman with yellow hair always attended the performance of the play during training. The guys wondered who she might be.
Ryan and Reese decide to destroy the theatre at night
Ryan, Reese’s friend, finds out that he has a crush on Pfeifer. After Ryan realized that Reese is doing the play just for her, he suggests that they go at night to the school’s theatre and ruin the settings so that Reese escapes the play without annoying Pfeifer.
Ryan took Cassidy, his friend, and Reese to the theatre that night
The group smashed a few things then suddenly heard a voice, which turned out to be Pfeifer. After making up a story that Reese came to practice, they heard a strange voice, got scared, then decided to leave, but to their surprise, the door they came through was closed.
Cassidy tells Pfeifer they were here to destroy the theatre
After getting frustrated because of the scary sounds and the fact that they can’t leave, Cassidy exploded in anger and told Pfeifer about their original plan. Pfeifer got shocked as she felt betrayed by Reese. (See Get Out (2017) Movie Explained)
The group realizes that the strange woman was Charlie’s girlfriend
After coming to a dark room, the group found a TV displaying coverage of the real incident of 1993 and a group photo of the actors. They shortly realized that the strange woman who attended the practice was Charlie’s girlfriend (the guy who died by hanging).
Reese realizes that his father was supposed to play the role of Charlie
Reese found a group photo and recognized his father, who was supposed to play the role of Charlie, but he called in sick at the last moment, and so Charlie had to die instead. Reese started to believe that Charlie died because of what his father did (calling in sick). (See Alien Covenant Movie Explained)
Cassidy was attacked, and Ryan was killed
A strange force pulled Cassidy from her neck, leaving burn marks on it. Ryan then got frustrated and started calling Charlie’s name then shortly, he disappeared after the ghost dragged him from his neck using the rope of the gallows. Shortly, the same happened to Cassidy.
The hangman started chasing Pfeifer and Reese
The hangman from ‘The Gallows’ started chasing Pfeifer and Reese, trying to find a way out. They came across the bodies of their friends while running, then finally found a way out. After going out of the building, Reese looked behind and found that Pfeifer didn’t make it.
Reese went back to save Pfeifer and realized he had to sacrifice himself
Reese suddenly realized that he had to sacrifice himself to save Pfeifer, as the ghost of Charlie wanted to kill him because his father, who called in sick, was responsible for his death. Reese and Pfeifer repeated the lines of the play, and he helplessly walked to the gallows to face his death.
Reese realized something strange about Pfeifer
As Reese was about to be hanged, he realized that Pfeifer was still saying the words of the play. Reese was then killed, and the hangman went beside Pfeifer, took her hand, and both bowed to the audience. Only one woman was there and clapping, who turned out to be Charlie’s Girlfriend.
Pfeifer is Charlie’s daughter
In the last scene, it became clear that Pfeifer is Charlie’s daughter and that she, her mother (the strange woman) and the hangman (her father’s spirit) have conspired to kill Reese because he was the one responsible for the death of Charlie (the father).
At the beginning of the movie, Pfeifer asked Reese to do the play because she wanted to kill him to avenge her father. Charlie’s girlfriend & Pfeifer’s mother, the strange woman, used to attend the practice because she was waiting for the final moment of vengeance.