'The Gallows' [Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD]
(Cassidy Gifford, Ryan Shoos, Reese Mishler, Pfeifer Brown, et al / 2-Disc Blu ray + DVD + Digital HD / NR / 2015 / Warner Bros.)
Overview: 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.
Blu ray Verdict: OK, most of the time I'm against, or rather, tired of "found footage"-type horror films. Earlier this year, 'Unfriended' came out. I saw it and I truly enjoyed it. When I first saw the teaser trailer for this, I didn't really know what to expect. When the real trailer was released, it looked a lot better. I saw this film yesterday, and I also truly enjoyed it, almost as much as 'Unfriended'. It was short, scary, creepy and to the point. I can't believe it's getting such bad jaw yapping!
As long as I feel scared by the atmosphere, the lighting and shadow of the ghost, the jump scares, the tension, and if the ending is good, then I'm happy with it. Just the thought of going to an abandoned dark school at night, being locked in by a supernatural presence, and being stalked and killed is a very scary concept to me.
In 1993, the drama class of Beatrice High School is performing a play called 'The Gallows.' Near the end of the play, a boy named Charlie is set to be hung at the gallows. A freak accident happens when the door beneath Charlie's feet opens and he falls through with a noose around his neck, killing him and traumatizing the whole school.
In 2013, a new group of students are finally going to remake the play the way it was meant to be seen as a tribute to Charlie. The man behind the camera is Ryan, going around the school and filming his friends as they rehearse and prepare for the play the next day. Ryan's friend, Reese is set to play the part Charlie had. Reese has a crush on the girl wanting to redo the play named Pfeifer. Ryan soon comes up with an idea to break into the school at night, and destroy the sets so the play can't go on.
They soon realize every school has its spirit when Charlie himself comes back from the dead and begins stalking and killing them all in the dark and deserted school. In conclusion, I really thought this was a decent little horror flick that deserves some more attention. It's miles better than Paranormal Activity. I highly recommend 'The Gallows,' just let your mind relax, turn off the lights sit with a friend, and you'll enjoy it tremendously, trust me! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
- The Gallows: The Original Version
- Deleted Scenes
- Gag Reel
The Gallows: Surviving the Noose
Charlie: Every School Has Its Spirit
Ryan Messes Around on Stage
David the Janitor
The Hangman Will Do the Same to Mary
Parents of the Nerds
Rebelling Against the Teachers
Nurses Office, Leaving Cassidy
The Closet Scene
Alternate Version - Ryan's Body
Alternate Ending - No Mom, Cops Bust In
Alternate Ending - C'est Fini
Is This Where They Found the Body? - from the Original Version
- Concept Trailer
- Original Version Trailer
- Theatrical Trailer
Own it on Blu-ray Digital HD October 13th, 2015!