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The Gallows (2015)

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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.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Reese Mishler ... Reese Houser
Pfeifer Brown ... Pfeifer Ross
Ryan Shoos ... Ryan Shoos
Cassidy Gifford ... Cassidy Spilker
Travis Cluff ... Mr. Schwendiman
Price T. Morgan Price T. Morgan ... Stage Boy (as Price Morgan)
Melissa Bratton Melissa Bratton ... Pfeifer's Mom
Theo Burkhardt Theo Burkhardt ... Rick Houser (as Théo Burkhardt)
David Herrara David Herrara ... David the Janitor
Gannon Del Fierro Gannon Del Fierro ... Gannon
Mackie Burt Mackie Burt ... Cheerleader #1
Adrian Salas Adrian Salas ... Superstar Football Player
Mark Hales Mark Hales ... Peasant #5
John Hales John Hales ... The King
Shannon Wetzel Shannon Wetzel ... Ms. Shannon
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Twenty years after an accident during a small town high school play results in death, students at the school resurrect the failed stage production in a misguided attempt to honor the anniversary of the tragedy - but ultimately find out that some things are better left alone.

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Some things are better left alone. See more »

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Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some disturbing violent content and terror | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 July 2015 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Superstition See more »

Filming Locations:

Nebraska, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$100,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,015,000, 12 July 2015, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$22,757,819, 13 September 2015
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (Dolby 5.1)| Dolby Atmos

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Cassidy Gifford's wardrobe in the film as Cassidy Spilker minus her auditorium wear, is taken from McKenna Hedegaard's original wear for the character when originally titled McKenna. See more »

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Spartacus is first visible playing in Ryan's room before he pops up in a jump scare, however following during his monologue cut short by his mother attempting to enter his room Batman: Arkham Origins is seen in the midst of a cut-scene with no transition between the show and game. See more »

Quotes

Reese Houser: [untying the gallows noose and mock impersonating a British nobleman] For your sir...
[noose then suddenly drops in front of Reese]
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In memory of Charlie Grimille See more »

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References Friday Night Lights (2006) See more »

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Smells Like Teen Spirit
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"You suck. You're a terrible actor."
18 October 2015 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Twenty years ago, a student died in a high school play called The Gallows. Now the school is putting on the play again, with a jock who can't act as the male lead. The jock's irritating friend convinces him the play will stink and he will be embarrassed. So, along with another friend, they sneak into the school at night to trash the set so it will be cancelled. But they are discovered in the act by the play's lead actress and then everything goes to hell as the four find themselves trapped in the building with the vengeful ghost of the boy who died in The Gallows.

Another found footage movie trying to find a hook in a played out horror subgenre. It has most of the usual found footage problems, including my favorite: characters continuing to film the terrifying goings-on in the movie even when all logic would dictate they should drop the camera. One particularly galling scene is when one character is running for his life and has to climb a ladder to escape the hangman ghost thing (don't ask). The guy holds onto the camera with one hand the entire time he climbs the ladder. I mean, come on, that's beyond stupid and unrealistic. The characters are very annoying in this. The guys are the worst, with Ryan Shoos giving new meaning to the word obnoxious and Reese Mishler having a slack-jawed wide-eyed expression on his face the entire movie. I can only assume he calls that acting. The highlight of the film is when Ryan's character calls Reese's character a bad actor. That the characters also share the names of the actors just made the scene all the more enjoyable. I'm sure Ryan loved getting to say what he was thinking about his fellow actor without breaking character. The two girls, Cassidy Gifford and Pfeifer Brown, are fine but ultimately forgettable. It's not a scary movie in any way. The beginning is very boring but, once it gets going, it at least manages to keep your attention. You probably won't like it much but try to stick with it for the unbelievably corny ending.


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