The King of low budget and found-footage horror is back for another shaky round of supernatural terror with "The Gallows." I absolutely despise found-footage films, but can't deny Producer Jason Blum's genius when it comes to making good on a $100,000 budget. From a business standpoint, the man knows what he's doing and pulled in $32 million at the box office with this project. Being a moneymaker doesn't necessarily mean a movie is any good, and "The Gallows" is proof.
In "The Gallows," a terrible accident causes the death of the lead actor during a high school play. Twenty years after, students at the same small town school resurrect the failed stage production in a misguided attempt to honor the anniversary of the tragedy. Ultimately, they find out that some things are better left alone.
The storyline for "The Gallows" is perfect for a great supernatural horror film which could easily appeal to teens and adult audiences. Too bad it wasn't shot as a traditional movie. I think it would have found a stronger audience if it had.
Ridiculously enough, "The Gallows" is rated R for some disturbing violent content and terror. The film also contains profanity. The R-rating is absolutely unwarranted here. There's nothing we haven't seen in a PG-13 supernatural horror movie found. It made back like 320 times its budget, but would have brought in even more if it had been available for every under-aged teen in the world to see.
The DVD version of "The Gallows" contains a few special features. A featurette entitled "Charlie: Every School Has Its Spirit" is included. Deleted scenes and a gag reel are also among the bonus material.
I'm not going to say that "The Gallows" didn't have any redeeming qualities. Two or three scenes can't save an 86 minute movie, though. The remaining 85 and a half minutes are full of bad acting, headache-inducing camerawork (if that's what you want to call it), and all the other typical trappings we've come to expect from these tiresome films.
Studios will keep making these travesties as long as people continue to pay money to see them. It's a neverending vicious and horrible circle mankind has wrought on itself. Let me come to my own defense by revealing I rented "The Gallows" for free.
"The Gallows" is available now on Blu-ray, DVD, and as a Digital Download.