The Gallows Reviews

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January 21, 2016
The lazy way The Gallows bundles its tropes together suggests that its creators' ambitions went no higher than simply getting a horror film made.
August 14, 2015
In a quick 80 minutes, we get the back story, we meet the four core characters (all of the young actors do fine work), get the wits scared out of us about a half-dozen times and wind up with a VERY creepy ending.
July 22, 2015
By now these techniques are too familiar to be truly unnerving, especially as the underlying narrative logic is never explained in any persuasive way.
July 16, 2015
Every exhausted cliche of the found-footage horror genre is paraded in this depressingly bad film ...
July 13, 2015
As the latest entry in the tired "found footage" horror subgenre, this on-the-cheap film has never met a cliché it didn't embrace like sweet death itself.
July 10, 2015
A ridiculous fusion of "Paranormal Activity" and "Glee" that is so incredibly dumb that it is almost, but never quite, scary to behold.
July 10, 2015
A cautionary note: If your horror film is about a high-school theater production and still, the acting's not the worst thing about it, something's gone awfully wrong.
July 10, 2015
The Gallows has a cleverness that bobs, occasionally, above the surface of cesspool murk. You can't tell whether it's just flotsam or a corpse, but for most of the 80-minute run time it almost doesn't matter. It's at least something.
July 10, 2015
The Gallows is one lazy film. There's no real effort or inventiveness here, whether we're talking about the character names, the jokes, the set pieces, or the predictable plot twist.
July 9, 2015
Plot holes aside, the filmmakers provide enough well-timed jumps and energetic moments to keep the highly contained picture afloat.
July 9, 2015
"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.
July 9, 2015
Exaggerated screaming and squabbling doesn't cover up the inanity.
July 9, 2015
The filmmakers needed to set themselves free even more than the characters, but they never find the path out. They probably never realized they were trapped.
July 9, 2015
Nonsensical and virtually scare-free ...
July 9, 2015
The Gallows is only good enough to make you wish its creators did something novel with its formulaic style, plot, and characterizations.
July 9, 2015
The movie is entirely ridiculous and ultimately a frustrating snooze - yet another exercise in half-baked legends, dark corridors and waiting in anticipation for something to go BANG.
July 9, 2015
Despite its initial promise and some decent scares - you're in for a sharp and sudden drop in satisfaction in the final throes.
July 9, 2015
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.
July 9, 2015
The plot is a collection of contrivances (Oh no, the lights all went out! My cell phone won't work! I'm running for my life, I'd better keep filming!) and the scares are simple, sudden, stupid shocks.
July 9, 2015
The Gallows is not going to win any prizes for originality. 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.
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