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Wednesday, 15 July 2015

The Gallows (2015)

It's no surprise found footage is one of the least respected sub-genres among horror fans when drivel like this is released on a regular basis. The story follows the resurrection of a school play infamous for the accidental death of a student ten years prior. If they were going for realistic high school play acting they were right on the money. If we look past the juvenile dialogue and moronic characters, all we're left with is a series a cheap scares leading to a mind-numbing conclusion. It's only human to react to a loud jarring noise in the middle of a long pause, but jump scares hardly build any tension. They're simply insulting to the viewer's intelligence, as was this entire film.

½ "break a leg"s out of 5

1 comment:

Dr Faustus said...

I watched a video a few days ago that had a guy discussing found footage films, which inevitably referenced the jump scare. It wasn’t in relation to this film, though.

He raised an interesting point about the films adhering to or breaking the 180 degree rule, feeling it was just as jarring despite the changed nature of the POV.