Heavily reliant on drab character stereotypes, The Gallows is yet another found-footage horror flick that adheres too closely to genre conventions to pack a punch. A group of friends breaks into the auditorium of a high school haunted by a tragic history, and each is ultimately treated to a slow, painful death. Although at moments tactfully suspenseful, the film is unimaginative in its use of visual elements as in any thematic explorations. The result is an irritatingly uneventful choke.
The Gallows | Directed by Travis Cluff, Chris Lofing (USA 2015) with Reese Mishler, Pfeifer Brown. Start August 27
Originally published in issue #141, September 2015