The Gallows Review
Directors: Travis Cluff and Chris Lofing
Main Actors: Reese Mishler (Reese Houser), Pfeifer Brown (Pfeifer Ross), Ryan Shoos (Ryan Shoos), and Cassidy Gifford (Cassidy Spilker).
Summary: Twenty years ago, a small town high school has a tragic accident (happen) during their school play, The Gallows, in which Charlie Grimille dies by being hung. Now, twenty years later, the school is putting on the production once more to attempt to honor the anniversary of that fatal accident. However, the star of the show gets stage fright, so he and his friends decided to go to the school after hours and destroy the set. What they don’t realize is how much they’ll upset Charlie.
First off, let me start with my rating of the movie. It’s a 3 to a 3.5. There will be some spoiler alerts, but they won’t be big enough to ruin the movie. Like, (Spoiler Alert) how the entire movie is shown through a video camera just like in Paranormal Activity. Ryan Shoos (Ryan Shoos) is a member of the sound booth in the theater and likes to videotape everywhere he goes. I hated this. Any movie that’s played through a camera sucks in my opinion, because the camera moves around a lot and I have never liked that. I did not like it in the Paranormal Activity movies nor did I like it in Cloverfield.
So, from there we have how the entire plot of the story is stretched out. As soon as the kids go back to the school with their amazing idea to stop the show (not a spoiler alert as that is in every summary of the show), you KNOW someone is going to die. The producers decide though to drag each death out the entire time and that makes it boring. Pretty much the entire first hour of the movie is slow and going on and on about teenage life at high school: football practices, theater productions, classes, girls, and then when Reese Houser (Reese Mishler), Pfeifer Ross (Pfeifer Brown), Ryan Shoos, and Cassidy Spilker (Cassidy Gifford) first go into the school. It’s not until almost the last half hour of the movie that the game starts rolling and all the creepy shit begins.
Spoiler Alert: You know how there’s those moments when you know someone’s gonna pop up behind someone, and it’s always the hands on the shoulders that give it away? Well that doesn’t happen in this movie at all. That part I liked. When the first of the creepy things begin, they start with Cassidy, and I quite liked the change. I also liked that through most of the movie you don’t see Charlie at all, until the end.
Lastly, I LOVED the ending. I like to guess in the beginning and the middle how the movie is gonna end, but Travis Cluff and Chris Lofing didn’t give anything away. The twist amazed me, and that’s why I gave the movie a .5 because I wasn’t able to see the ending coming. Good Job Boys.
Now, if you decided to go see The Gallows, I wouldn’t say it’s a waste of money, but you’re better off waiting for it to come out on DVD and renting it for a dollar. However, if you do go, just remember: He wants me. He’s coming for me. (Charlie Grimille)