**********Warning the following article may contain spoilers. You have been Warned!*******************
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 they soon discover that some things are better left alone.
Oh, horror movies, you try so hard sometimes and sadly, usually fall short. The Gallows falls short on a few different levels. First and foremost, they made it a found-footage movie–why hasn’t this type of movie died yet? Seriously, it was a great gimmick like ten years ago; now, it is an annoying gimmick that makes me not want to pay attention to your movie.
The whole premise of the story is that in 1993, a student of the play The Gallows was killed during the hanging scene. Now, twenty years later, one of the drama kids wants to resurrect the play to complete it, and for some reason, a couple of football jocks decide that even though they suck at acting, they will join the drama class. Well, they convince themselves that the only way not to either bomb or disappoint the class is to sneak in the night before the opening day and destroy the set. Needless to say, things don’t go down the way the kids thought they would.
The scare tactic of choice for The Gallows are jump scares. Don’t get me wrong, they have some inventive ways to get you, and I will admit, some of them did get me, but like with most horror movies (at least for me), once you figure out which horror tactic they are employing, you can be on the lookout and prepare yourself for them.
If you are paying attention during the movie, you can pretty much figure out the who-done-it, though they do throw in a twist towards the end which I thought was pretty good. However, it does not make up for the rest of the movie.
There are no mid-credit or end-credit scenes.