THE GAL­LOWS Not well hung

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Re­views -

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.

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