Flash Movie Review: The Gallows

Legend had it that one of the students who had worked on the auditorium’s fire curtain still haunted the theater. The story I heard was when the fire curtain was installed the students from the school’s art department were allowed to decorate the drab black colored curtain. As they were working on it something went wrong and the curtain came crashing down and crushed a boy to death. Ever since that time there had been unexplained things that took place around the theater, like lights turning on by themselves or hanging counterweights swinging back and forth in the still air. Every freshman in the school knew about this story by the time they first walked into the school building if not before. I have no idea how some of these stories started. During my time at the school, I never heard about odd events taking place. In fact, the only story that went around one year was about a teacher who had a prosthetic arm. She would always wear long sleeved blouses or jackets along with a white glove covering up the hand portion. Mean spirited students or one who may have failed her class, I am guessing, started telling a story about how her arm was attacked by a couple of birds who had flown through the open window of her classroom. The story evolved into the birds being a flock of woodpeckers who zeroed in on her wooden arm, trying to make a nesting place in it as she wildly swung her fake arm around her head. I am sure every school has a story; just look at this one.    TWENTY years after a tragic accident took place during a staged performance; the theater department thought it was time to re-stage that fateful production. Not all ideas are good; maybe some things should be left alone. This horror suspense thriller used the found footage format as the story followed actors and friends Reese, Pfeifer, Ryan and Cassidy; played by relative newcomers Reese Mishler and Pfeifer Brown, Ryan Shoos (As Night Comes) and Cassidy Gifford (Adventures of Serial Buddies,  God’s Not Dead). Not only was this a low budget production but it was somewhat of a lame idea for a story. I say this because I cannot imagine any school agreeing to relaunch a play that had such a tragic event take place during it. The script was filled with every horror film cliche, besides not being at all sophisticated since it was so predictable. On the plus side there were no gory or bloody scenes, the writers tried using suspense as the main vehicle to drive this picture. Too bad it failed for I could tell you stories about my high school experiences that were a lot scarier than this movie.


1 2/3 stars







About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on July 14, 2015, in Thriller and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. High School is full of horrors anyway without having to invent legends. The premise of this movie sounds pretty weak so I probably wouldn’t have wasted time on it now but thanks to your review I will definitely give it a miss even on the small screen. I love horror movies and thrillers but my meager leisure time is better invested elsewhere.

  2. Hi, MJ, my comment isn’t about this movie, but I wanted to mention that I searched your blog to see if you’d seen Ballet 422 – you hadn’t, but I found your review of First Position, a similar documentary. I looked it up on Netflix and really enjoyed that one, thanks! I’ve made a mental note that on rainy days, I should just go back into your earlier reviews and look things up on Netflix. Take care! Ruth

    • Ruth, thank you so much for your support and I am thrilled you have found this site to be a useful resource. I also feel great that you enjoyed First Position. I in turn will have to check out Ballet 422. Be well.

  3. I haven’t seen this movie and not really planning to. I’m not one for suspense. Too much crazy in the world, I just want to see easy going movies. But great review. /)

  4. Another one to pass up, thanks for the review!

  5. Oh my, this movie looks really crappy. Thanks for your review.

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