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 - but soon discover that some things are better left alone.
Students from Nebraska discover some strange things that have happened to their school. Charlie Grimille, a innocent high school student that went to the same school as the victims earlier in the plot line was in a play called "Gallow." He was supposed to be standing on a thin wooden board with his neck around a loose rope. That board fell through and caused Charlie to die on the spot. Many years later, these high school students decide to reenact the play in Charlie's honor. When the lead role gets a bad case of stage fright, they decide to go to the school the night before to ruin the set so the play wouldn't happen. Little did they know what would happen after that..
During Reese's death scene in the climax of the film, pay close attention to the wooden scaffold, multiple shadows appear. It's reasonable that one of these shadows is Charlie, however (being multiple shadows) it is most likely that these shadows are the production crew appearing as the result of the spotlight shining on the characters in this scene. See more »
[after Reese and Pfeiffer finish in their embraced hug of relief upon pulling the fire alarm to notify the authorities]
I saw a shadow! I know I saw a shadow!
[begins crying and ushers away in hysterics]
[In panic scanning the hallway corridors and boardwalk ladder]
Where Pfeiffer? I don't see it!
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OK, so it's not going to win any Oscars. But is it so awful, as some reviewers have suggested (in jest, I hope), that suicide would be preferable? It's surely not the worst movie ever made, as somebody commented.
It's an unpretentious, slightly silly, high-school horror movie. The acting is way better than the plot deserves -- in fact, I think every one of the cast puts in a credible performance. The dialogue is amusing, and convincing. The story isn't Tolstoy, but it's not as vacuous as most movies like this. There is (unless I blinked) no nudity or overt sexuality, which film-makers are often compelled to sprinkle around, to brighten up an otherwise hopeless film. What drama it has, it has through decent acting and production values.
For the most part I don't really like 'Handycam' movies -- where the film-makers try to simulate amateur recording -- but I think it was tolerably well done here.
One criticism I would make is that there isn't enough plot to carry the movie through its full length -- it does get a bit samey after the first hour.
On the whole, I prefer honest movies that offer what they claim to offer -- even when that isn't much -- to those that pretend to be more than they are, and fall short. I had pretty low expectations of this movie, and it exceeded them. I've certainly spent my time less well than in watching this.
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