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The Gallows

Horror . Thriller

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 soon discover that some things are better left alone.

Actors: Cassidy Gifford , Ryan Shoos , Pfeifer Brown , Reese Mishler , Price T. Morgan , Mackie Burt , Travis Cluff , Melissa Bratton , Theo Burkhardt , David Herrera
Directors: Travis Cluff , Chris Lofing
Country: USA
Release: 2015-07-10
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  • Richard Roeper

    This is the kind of movie where you can anticipate the next big shock and it usually arrives right on cue, and yet it still gets you right in the gut.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Peter Keough

    Occasionally the camera gets jumbled around, blacks out, and hisses with static as if it had been tossed in a dryer. Then it regains composure and reveals — an old playbill! A figure in a mask with a noose! The birth of a new franchise and the death of a great genre.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    Lofing and Cluff certainly know the found-footage ropes, and the tropes; we'll see if their next project reveals a little more imagination.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Gary Goldstein

    Plot holes aside, the filmmakers provide enough well-timed jumps and energetic moments to keep the highly contained picture afloat.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    A movie that has two good ideas. It needed three.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Kyle Anderson

    This is another found-footage movie that, with a little art direction and some actual cinematography, could easily have been a decent little terrorizer. Instead, it comes mostly unglued thanks to its hacky gimmick.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Simon Abrams

    The Gallows is only good enough to make you wish its creators did something novel with its formulaic style, plot, and characterizations.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    The horror movie The Gallows starts with a decent if improbable premise, and it ends with a pretty good jolt. But in between, the film sure wears out the already tired found-footage device.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Stephen Farber

    Any film that tries to revive this technique needs a clever story or unusual filmmaking ingenuity to stand out from the crowd. The Gallows has neither. It has enough mild scares to captivate the under-25 crowd.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Eric Henderson

    The film is sstrictly a high-tech spin on one of those Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Tim Appelo

    The Gallows is not without thrills. What it lacks is the thrill of the chase.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • A.A. Dowd

    Making audiences care about the characters is always a more effective fear-generating strategy than just knocking off a bunch of dimwits in the dark.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Geoff Berkshire

    The Gallows isn’t without a certain amount of atmosphere, it simply feels borrowed wholesale. That would matter less with a better script, but the four main characters are paper-thin even by genre norms.

    Variety Full Review
  • John Hazelton

    The Gallows offers up few new ideas and very few genuine scares.

    Screen International Full Review
  • Peter Sobczynski

    A ridiculous fusion of "Paranormal Activity" and "Glee" that is so incredibly dumb that it is almost, but never quite, scary to behold. Full Review
  • Barry Hertz

    It would be easy to spend hours trashing The Galllows if it just wasn’t so disposable.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    If you’re not laughing at this, early and often, you’re made of sterner stuff than the players they paid to show up for this, but didn’t.

    Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    After several tedious jump scares and boneheaded escape plans, a bag over your head won't seem like such a bad idea. Or the noose.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Stephen Witty

    Sorry, but this kind of high-school horror was old when Jamie Lee Curtis was young. All the ugly, shaky, night-vision camerawork in the world will not make it seem fresh. Or remotely scary.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Drew McWeeny

    It is a singularly unpleasant experience, not because it is scary or extreme or even interesting. It is unpleasant because it is a dull story filled with characters that are so poorly drawn as to be forgettable even while you're watching them.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Even by the modest standards of the genre, the ending is jaw-droppingly ridiculous.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Josh Kupecki

    The Gallows offers exactly none of the frisson or pleasure of a found-footage film done right.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
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