Title – The Gallows (2015)
Directors – Travis Cluff and Chris Lofing (Gold Fools)
Cast – Reese Mishler, Pfeifer Brown, Ryan Shoos, Cassidy Gifford
Plot – An unlikeable group of High School students are locked inside their school facilities after a night-time break in goes bad and are haunted by a mysterious presence that seems connected with a stage play tragedy that occurred 20 years previous.
“Don’t say his name!”
Review by Eddie on 22/04/2016
For years mankind has wondered about the possibility of there being someone/something out there in the great expands of the universe. Another intelligent life-force that may one day visit our lowly shores to learn about us curious beings and hopefully not blast us away with advanced technology or decide to take us away for some good old fashioned experimentation. If indeed one day we find ourselves in communication with a great race equal to our technological advancements let us all hope that these visitors do not find a copy of found footage horror film The Gallows, as their judgements upon mankind may be non-recoverable.
A film so daft and downright dumb it’s hard to fathom how it came into existence in the first place, The Gallows as directed by duo Travis Cluff and Chris Lofing (seriously it took two people to make this turkey!) is the type of film where you can feel your brain cells disappearing with each passing minute as annoying characters make unintelligible decision upon unintelligible decision and seemingly solvable solutions are ignored in the sake of more shakily handled “scares”.
A new low in the past it’s use by date genre of found footage horrors, The Gallows plunges to previously unseen depths of narrative drivel to tell the story of painfully badly acted teenage brats breaking into their seemingly medievally secured school to wreck the set to an upcoming play only to be haunted by an ominous fiend who locks them in the school facility (really there’s not a single window that could be smashed to break out of?) to wreck all manner of nasties on them.
Watch on in disbelief as these unlikeable creations knock pot plants down, “dismantle” sets by taking a piece of wood out of a stage setting and generally fail at their objective only to be bettered or worsened by the fact that their school break in just happens to be in a school that seemingly has forgone any type of security, whether it be guards, cameras, motion detectors or even the locking of a door that would take 1 minute to fix, this school does not care who wonders its grounds come closing time!
It’s almost as if The Gallows creators Cluff and Lofing decided they were onto narrative gold or perhaps just an easy paycheck and set forth on making their film no matter if anything actually made sense or if logic was totally bypassed, it’s almost akin to a home movie production, just far less funny or enjoyable.
The Gallows is neither scary or original and nothing about the film feels even remotely believable, even in a genre that’s not supposed to be clothed in reality.
Taking place around some seriously lax logic and scenarios, The Gallows gets its rating purely based around the fact it’s something that needs to be seen to be believed as for those that thought modern day horrors and found footage films had reached their lowest ebbs, The Gallows is here to show us all that the bar has been set even lower.
In other words, all copies of this film should be locked away or simply destroyed quick smart…… before the intergalactic visitors arrive!
½ an unsecured school facility out of 5