The Gallows has Reese Houser (Reese Mishler) and Pfeifer Ross (Pfeifer Brown) as leads in a local school drama, who pay homage to the previous production of the drama in 1993. The reason being that a senior, Charles Grimille, who played the lead, was killed in a horrific accident. Years later, a restless teenager Ryan (Ryan Shoos), convinces Reese to give up the play and sabotage the set.
The film, though is shown entirely through a hand-held camera or a night vision app on a cellphone, and that’s where the genius of cinematographer Edd Lukas lies. In the scenes where the actors are running, the camera work is stunning, accompanied by excellent colour grading of scenes. The scenes look real, with several panic inducing moments nostalgic of the 1999 hit ‘The Blair Witch Project’. Mishler and Brown are capable as the lead pair, doing what most teens would do in a teen horror flick. Following most clichés in a horror flick, The Gallows would fall in line with the rest, keeping you scared momentarily.
By Shlomoh Samuel