Number 6 on the Countdown to Halloween
Movie Review by Siobahn Harris
With Halloween creeping closer and closer, I really want to bring fear to the table. You all know how much I love anything with the Blumhouse stamp, and The Gallows was no different. I could already tell from the trailer that I was going to love this movie, but I had no idea how much that would be.
Through the eyes of his best friend Ryan (Ryan Shoos), we follow the story of a teen named Reese (Reese Mishler). Recently, Reese quit the football team to join the drama club. From what I can assume he only did this because of his crush on leading lady, Pfeifer (Pfeifer Brown). Ryan hates the fact that Reese is in the drama club instead of football and spends a lot of time making fun of him for it. However, regardless of that, he stays by his side recording everything.
For some reason the school is performing a play called The Gallows. This is a play that was performed at the same high school in 1993, wherein a kid died due to a prop accident. One would think that the school would ban the play because of that, but nope.
Ryan is constantly trying to convince Reese to leave the drama club because, well, let’s face it, he sucks. He has trouble remember his lines and his ques, and he just seems awkward on the stage. After Ryan finds a side door to the school that is never locked, he tells Reese that they could sneak in and destroy the set. No set, no play, no embarrassment.
Scared of letting down Pfeifer with his acting ability, Reese agrees. Later that night, Reese, Ryan, and Ryan’s girlfriend Cassidy (Cassidy Gifford) show up at the school. Sneaking in was as easy as they assumed it would be. However, getting out will be a pain in the neck.
Wow. I’ve heard a few not so great things about this movie, and I’m not sure why. The Gallows was awesome. I loved so much about this movie.
The story alone was pretty great. I love how they were able to give the backstory without feeling like it was overwhelming. You get an understanding of what happened, and why things are happening now. I think it was pretty awesome how they were able to connect the story together. It was very well done.
The high school felt real to me. The way the teacher acted, the students, and the dialog was great. It felt like we were actually watching some kids goofing around. The kids in this movie are the same kids I would’ve avoided in my high school, Ryan in particular, which made it perfect. We want to feel like we can relate to what we are watching, and the second that you stop and think, I knew kids like this in high school, they nailed it.
I thought the makeup was really well done, but I did have a problem with it. I watch a lot of true crime shows where they show or talk about dead bodies. And anytime someone is strangled they always point out the broken blood vessels around the eyes. Let’s keep it as real as possible, people. I want to see your tongue sticking out a little, slightly bloated face from hanging, and broken blood vessels.
It felt like The Gallows gave a little nod to fellow found footage film, The Blair Witch Project. When Cassidy is in the red hallway by herself, she picks up the camera and puts it right in her face. Shes been crying pretty hard, so the scene has a very familiar feel to it.
Oh man, yes! I like to watch all my horror movies in a fully dark room, which I did with The Gallows. We were about half way through and my husband paused it to go to bathroom. This would normally but fine, but this time I was actually scared and now sitting in a dark room by myself. This isn’t a movie that relies on blood for the horror aspect, nor does it solely rely on jump scares. It is such a creepy watch and if you’re anything like me, you might want to leave a light on to watch this one.