I was dying to watch this film The Gallows last year, but when the time for Eddie’s 31 Days Of Halloween came around, it was available anywhere for me to watch it. Now that I found the film available on demand, I decided to watch it for today’s film. Back in the early 1990’s, Beatrice High School attempted to put on a play called The Gallows, but tragically it claimed the life of student Charlie Grimille (Jesse Cross) when the gallow gives way and he was hung to his death. Now 20 years later and the school is trying to put the production back into work with the current crop of students. Reese Houser (Reese Mishler) is having a hard time remembering his lines for the play so he his best friend Ryan (Ryan Shoos) has the bright idea of trying to sabotage the play, but something sinister lurks as the hangman returns to claim his revenge. The film also stars Cassidy Gifford (God’s Not Dead) as Cassidy, Travis Cluff (The Measure Of A Man) as Mr. Schwendiman, Price T. Morgan (The Flip Side) as Stage Boy, Theo Burkhardt (Picture Perfect) as Rick Houser, Alexis Schneider (Con Killer) as Actress In Play, and the film was directed by Cluff and Chris Lofing (Kid HULK).
I didn’t know going into this film that it was a found footage film so if you are not a fan of those types of films then I do not blame you for missing this one. The Gallows is one of those films where it’s a cool idea at the time, but the execution was just horrible. All of my friends that had seen this film told me to avoid it, but it was one of those films where curiosity definitely killed the cat. I had to watch it for myself to see whether they were right or not and they were definitely right. The famous scene in the trailer with Kathy Lee Giffords daughter where she is just sitting there (see picture to the left) before she is taken by the hangman. Yeah, the scene wasn’t as cool as it seemed in the trailer. This is probably my least favorite Blumhouse film made so far. Even though the film’s tragedy is set in the 90’s and takes place today, the film was almost like an homage to classic 80’s horror where a tragedy takes place in a school (e.g. Return To Horror High, Slaughter High). Even though, it tried to be like those films, they didn’t execute properly like those films did. The acting is pretty decent, but if you do not like shaky cameras and unsteady shots then do not watch this one. I am going to give The Gallows an C- for a final grade.