THE GALLOWS Not well hung
released 16 November 2015 | 15 | blu-ray/dvd Directors Travis Cluff, Chris lofing Cast reese mishler, Pfeifer brown, ryan shoos, Cassidy Gifford
Ever clicked through a friend’s increasingly wobbly gallery of Facebook photos after a messy night out? That’s kind of what watching The Gallows feels like, right down to the feeling of queasy regret that sets in halfway through.
The set-up isn’t unpromising, though it relies on all of its characters acting like morons. On the night before the school play, a gang of obnoxious teenagers break into the theatre to wreck the set, only to find themselves locked in with a vengeful ghost. “Charlie” died in a production of the same play two decades ago, which raises a number of questions – but after more than an hour of barely intelligible shakycam footage of people running around in the dark, you won’t care about the answers.
It’s hard to find anything The Gallows gets right: the acting is unconvincing, the pacing saggy, and the tension non-existent. The botched found-footage approach means you can’t even see anything half the time. It’s scary, really – not the film, but the fact that it got released.
Extras The DVD has bloopers, deleted scenes, and a nine-minute featurette. The Blu-ray adds the directors’ original (substantially different) cut, another featurette and trailers. Sarah Dobbs
That original cut features several different scenes, a different ending, and a different actor playing one role.
Frank’s stag night had been nothing if not eventful.
Gladys hated car rear lights.