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The Gallows
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The Gallows Movie Review

Now available on Blu-ray and DVD (Buy on Amazon)

Why the hell did I sit through this movie? Terrible acting, an awful screenplay and just all around poor production design makes The Gallows one of the worst movies of the year. The most shocking part of the found footage horror flick is that it even made it into theaters.

About a group of obnoxious high schoolers who break into their auditorium to vandalize the set of their new play--which has a tragic history--The Gallows let’s us observe as they are killed off one by one by a supernatural force, typically off camera and through an increasingly jittery camera lens.

The best part of the movie is that pretty much everyone dies, because all of these people deserve to die. Aside from the pretty one with the sweaty cleavage that the camera coincidentally bumps up against over and over again until she eventually gets strangled to death, The Gallows is an exploration into the worst of the humanity, highlighted by the “camera man” who may be the biggest douchebag ever devised. Writing/directing duo Travis Cluff and Chris Lofing have written some of the worst, most stereotypical high school characters put to film since the 1980’s.

As painful as The Gallows is to watch, its biggest sin is that it isn’t even scary. The movie follows all the expected tropes of a found footage movie, never deviating from the formula to even try to frighten the audience.

The Gallows is one of the most awful, annoying and laziest horror films of the last decade. I’d rather hang myself than watch this stinker again.

Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.

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