Keep your hand at the level of your eye, because the upcoming film from Warner Bros., THE GALLOWS, looks set to take center stage in theaters on July 10th, 2015 (also bonus points to anyone who actually gets that joke; you get a high five!). In the film, a boy named Charlie is killed in a horrific accident in 1993 during a small town high school play, The Gallows. In 2013, students at the school resurrect the failed show in a misguided attempt to honor the anniversary of the tragedy – but a few of the students break in at night to stop the production and soon discover that some things are better left alone for good. This upcoming found footage horror film is written and directed by Travis Cluff and Chris Lofing and stars Cassidy Gifford.
First of all, I want to acknowledge that I’m
really a little late to the party on this one, since the trailer has actually been available for some time and the film itself opens in just a few weeks. The truth of the matter is that this film flew completely under my radar until I saw the TV spots. Now that I’ve seen the trailer, I have some thoughts on why I’ll most likely be seeing it while it’s in theaters this summer.
This movie seems to be tapping into my nostalgic love of cheesy horror set ups that are right out of horror anthology series from the 90s. A group of kids breaking into a haunted theater is literally the plot of my favorite Goosebumps book, The Phantom of the Auditorium, so any movie that reminds me of my (admittedly silly) love of shows like GOOSEBUMPS, ARE YOU AFRAID OF THE DARK, and TALES FROM THE CRYPT, instantly grabs my attention. Another gripping aspect of this trailer is the hauntingly beautiful cover of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Think Up Anger, Featuring Malia J. The cover is enchanting, and perfectly captures the dark melancholy tone the movie seems to be trying to convey (although I should know by now to be wary of horror trailers with good music, as they are often misleading about the movie’s overall quality. Isn’t that right, trailer for MY SOUL TO TAKE? How dare you use Sick Puppies to give Past Megan false hype!)
Less encouraging is the found footage aspect of the film, as these films are often hit or miss when it comes to this particular subgenre of horror. Trailers for found footage movies are also notorious for giving away the ending of the movie itself, and given the ending of this trailer, that sadly may very well be the case with this film as well.
What did you think of the trailer? Does this film have you singing “Smells Like Team Spirit” in the spotlight, or are you hoping someone will close the curtain on this production? Be sure to let us know @TheMovieChickk!
~ Megan Salinas
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