Blu-ray Review: ‘The Gallows’ Is A Scary Movie

Review of Monique Thompson

In 1993, a student of Beatrice High School named Charlie Grimille is killed in a horrific accident during the school play, called The Gallows. Twenty years later, students at the school resurrect the failed show in a misguided attempt to honor the 20th anniversary of the tragedy – but a few of the students break in at night to stop the production and soon discover that some things are better left alone for good.

FINALLY a scary movie that lives up to the genre. Found-footage horror films are typically a hit or miss when it comes to the satisfaction factor for horror movie fans but thankfully, The Gallows is a hit, hands down! With so many scary movies that fail to live up to the expectations and hype from the trailers, there’s no doubt many viewers will be skeptical about this one. Another found-footage film; really?

With a cast of some-what fresh faces, The Gallows is that film that’ll for surely make you jump, several times over. Produced by Emmy award-winning producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity franchise, Insidious franchise, The Purge franchise) The Gallows tells the account of a group of teenagers who decided to sabotage a stage play being put on by their drama club to honor the 20th anniversary of a tragedy that killed a student during the same play. One of the teens will eventually find out they may be connected to the horrific accident that’ll leave the super-natural to seek revenge.

When it comes to the characters in scary movies, it almost seems the less common sense the character has, the better chance of getting that startle from the viewer – but this is a good thing!. Each of the actors/actresses, did a great job of portraying their character’s with what would seem to be practical reactions and emotions expected when you’re being haunted by the super-natural.

Like all FF films, the constant movement of the camera can usually be distracting and even an annoyance at times, but of course that’s the main ingredient when trying to maintain that realistic, right in your face feel that is so important with FF films. At a running time of only 81 minutes, it takes no time to get right to the climax of the film. Placing the viewer right at the forefront of the films most suspenseful moments is what definitely makes The Gallows as scary as it is.

Available in stores on Blu-ray and DVD on October 13.

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