Monday, May 23, 2016

The Gallows (2015)

Starring: Reese Mishler, Pfeifer Brown and Ryan Shoos

Homicidal Maniac: Charlie

Run time: 1:21:00

Quick Synopsis:  Twenty years after a fatal accident during a high school play, the ghost of the victim is back for revenge.

There really aren't too many positives to take away from The Gallows.  I guess you could argue that the opening sequence was done well.  After that, everything goes to shit.  At first I was going to complain how found footage has run its course (which it probably has), but that is not why this movie is awful.  The unnecessary and agitating giggling behind the camera and similarly annoying screaming and shakiness do not help.  However, this movie is no good because the acting is shit and the plot is worse.  There are so many cringe-worthy scenes that don't even have the charm that could lead to some joy due to the awfulness.  You just have to sit there depressed knowing that there is still another 45 minutes left.  Ryan Shoos' character is so aggravating that you will feel obligated to change the channel if you have any form of self respect or dignity. Its pretty ironic how the film about a high school drama class feels like it was performed by one.  The multiple "twists" are confusing.  Not confusing in the frame of the movie, just confusing to think someone thought they were a good idea.  Fortunately for any aspiring filmmaker, the standard for having a movie worthy of being distributed by a major production company has been lowered.  This was a truly demoralizing awful horror movie.  

Fun Fact: The character Cassidy is played by the daughter of Kathy Lee and Frank Gifford.

Hidden Gem: The opening sequence of the film was kept a secret from the people working on the film so they could capture true reactions for the scene, supposedly.

Total Kill Count:
Charlie (02:00) Accidental Hanging Gore Rating: ---
Ryan Shoos- Ryan Shoos (54:00) Hanged Gore Rating: ---
Cassidy- Cassidy Gifford (01:00:00) Hanged Gore Rating: 4
Reese- Reese Mishler (01:12:00) Hanged Gore Rating: ---
Officer Lang- Paris Cluff (01:15:00) Hanged Gore Rating: ---

             Horror Film: 4
             Entertainment: 3
             Gore: 2
             Overall: 3.5