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Review of The Gallows
by darkfire19
Posted on May 11th, 2021
Negative 1
Overall Rating
the gallows mistakes startling moments for real scares and chooses to forgo tension for moments of ephemeral shock. those startling moments aren't really that startling either. they all play out exactly as you think they would if you've even seen a few other movies in your life time. by the end of the film, it is very clear that this film had very little, if nothing at all, going for it. the characters in this film are completely unlikable from start to end. filled with jocks and popular kids that are more stereotypical than the typical villains of high school movies, there is nothing endearing about these characters. as a result, i couldn't care less if they died. the 30 to 40 minutes of set up actually made me care less about the characters on screen. it takes a while to get going. nothing interesting narrative wise or visually goes on for, maybe, half the movie. once it does, the film still doesn't do anything interesting. the found footage conceit here doesn't make much sense or service the story. there's little reason for any of this to be filmed from the beginning and it just makes it a pain to watch. most of the time, you can't tell what is going on in any clear way because the camera is shaking or glitching out. the style of this film doesn't give it any chance to build tension and makes it very hard to build anything scary. on top of that, the plot is full of contrivances which are, quite frankly, stupid. nothing that the characters do make much sense in the context of the film and the ending actually makes the plot seem even stupider. honestly, there really isn't much redeeming about this film. there might be one or two effective jump scares (if that) but there is no real tension or scares. definitely one to avoid.

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