20 years after a horrific accident during a small town school play, students at the school resurrect the failed show in a misguided attempt to honor the anniversary of the tragedy – but soon discover that some things are better left alone.
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I always found high school/college drama rooms especially creepy and "The Gallows" captures their almost inherent eeriness with the feeling that we, the audience, are playing around in an abandoned theater. On top of that, we have some interesting twists on display, some hilarious characters, and a wild ride through shaky videography and editing. This is one of the more enjoyable contemporary found footage efforts.
At the same time it gave me the chills and made me look away from the screen several times (it does create a very creepy atmosphere), it's impossible to ignore the cliches of this plot. Adding to that, Charlie is probably one of the least appealing film entities and he's almost kiddish with that hood. The last minutes are a poor try on making things have sense: why does it always have to run in the family?
Easily in the running for one of the worst movies of the year. An interesting idea bogged down by amateurish acting (especially from Ryan Shoos that makes Oliver Cooper's abominable "protagonist" from "Project X" tolerable), the usual faults that come with "found footage" films exacerbated by the typical horror tropes and derivative plot points. The ending five minutes saves it from being a complete waste.