Friday, May 5, 2023

The Gallows: a decent collage of horror cliches


20 years after a horrific accident during a small town school play, students at the school resurrect the failed show in a misguided attempt to honor the anniversary of the tragedy.

My thoughts:

After you've seen your share of found footage films, they all start bleeding into one. The Gallow stands out because it blends the found footage format with the timeless crowd-pleaser subject of annoying high schoolers getting what they deserve. The movie explores many timeless themes: generational curse, life imitating art, the plight of the sensitive artistic outcasts. Yes, it's really hard to come up with anything truly original in a horror movie. The same cliche jump scares. But somehow they work (most of the time). I was surprised that the movie got such low ratings. Maybe the reviewers were afraid to admit how much they enjoyed it, how much of a guilty pleasure it was. I say, a movie made on a budget of 100K that grosses 43M worldwide is a winner. 

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