BEWARE THE MOON REVIEWS
The reviews for this film were and still are awful, but yet, I wanted to give it a chance - the trailer really did pull me in. "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." It is also made by Blumhouse, and I pretty much wee with excitement everytime I see their name on any horror films, any.
I wanted to see this as soon as it came out, even though it was a found footage film, another found footage film... Those damn found footage films, can't get rid of them at this minute in time, started with that crap Blair Witch Project, didn't it?! Anyhoo, yes, another found footage, and another cocky camera man who knows everyone but isn't liked by everyone - that whole story and those characters. Nothing different really to any other found footage film, the only thing really that was different was the accident at the beginning. Someone accidentally being killed by props in a show is a whole new ball park and one that I liked the sound of.
What I didn't like the idea of was that the group of characters were going to be stuck in the school/wherever the show would be held. It just didn't seem that realistic, and when I say that, I mean realistic for horror movies, obviously horror films aren't none for being realistic... I just couldn't take being stuck in a type of school theatre seriously, watching the film though, it wasn't as bad as I had thought, still unrealistc but it wasn't awful.
The Gallows is a jumpy movie, let's get that straight - this mother will make you jump. It's not technically scary, like I watched this late at night and slept fine, but you will jump lots. Mainly because pretty much the whole film is set in the dark, done by torchlight and doesn't have a lot of music to it, so when there is a bang, you almost need to change your underwear. Numerous times I almost had to change my underwear, numerous times. Not just once or twice, it was at least double that. The film even slowed down and just ended up making you watch the scenary so I fast forwarded it a little bit, and it still made me jump. I wound through and played it right on an image of a dead body and a loud bang, damn you. By the end of it, I was sweating, literally sweating, I couldn't be doing with any more jumps so I was glad when it was over - not because I didn't like the film though.
Overall, The Gallows wasn't an awful film. It was fun and entertaining most of the time, with, what I thought was an easy to follow story, (turns out I missed some of it and had to Wikipedia to find out about the twists and the ending, whoops.). It's not going to make any top films lists in years to come, but it would be very fun to watch in a group, I will say that, depending what I do on Halloween, I might pull this one out as I am certain, there will be trousers needing to be changed after watching it.
Biggest downfall to it? The awful CGI jump scare right at the end, I won't say what happens, but it was pretty damn laughable and was not needed. Damn, and I hate to end it on a bad note, but hey, makek your endings better next time, or take out the cheap jump scare...
Watching horror films since like 2003, when I could stand dead bodies..