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The Gallows gets a perfectly executed and terrifyingly scary teaser

04.16.2015
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I have given Blumhouse their fair share of crap for making variations of the same movie over and over again. I will admit that they have surprised me with INSIDIOUS and WHIPLASH, but I am not convinced just yet that they are not pulling a fast one on audiences and just making the same movie with slightly different twists. I will also admit that the teaser for their latest film, THE GALLOWS, has pulled me in hook, line, and sinker.

In the grand tradition of great movie teasers, THE GALLOWS delivers virtually nothing about the movie aside from some quotes from critics splashed on screen in between shots. All we see is a young woman crying, sitting in front of some stairs, bathed in red light. Her sobbing intensifies while we see something in the background. I strained my eyes to make sure they weren't playing tricks on me and I prepared for something to jump out at me. Something does, but it is executed and edited in such a way that I genuinely felt that ball of fear in the pit of my stomach.

So, what is THE GALLOWS? Here's the synopsis.

Twenty years after an accident caused the death of the lead actor during a high school play, students at the same small town 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.

While that sounds like standard horror boilerplate, we cannot tell from the teaser whether writer/directors Chris Lofing and Travis Cluff have made a found footage movie, a slasher flick, a supernatural horror tale, or something more. All together, this teaser is an absolute success because we don't know what is going on and now we need to find out. Instead of needing to know who the killer is, I just want to understand what the hell my eyes just saw. For that, I will give you this win, Blumhouse. Well done.

THE GALLOWS opens in theaters on July 10th.

Source: YouTube

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11:18PM on 04/16/2015

You know what will make it more of a success

Don't make anymore fucking trailers at all. AT ALL. Thats all we need. This is how you make horror movie trailers. I hate watching horror movie trailers or any trailer for that matter cus they give you the whole movie start middle end. This IDK whats going on we got some butcher dude some chick with her throat slash or some virus maybe. Chick gets dragged away. END with some found footage. IDK WTF is happening IDK want to know all I do know is I'm scared as shit right now Bravo BR FUCKIN AVO
Don't make anymore fucking trailers at all. AT ALL. Thats all we need. This is how you make horror movie trailers. I hate watching horror movie trailers or any trailer for that matter cus they give you the whole movie start middle end. This IDK whats going on we got some butcher dude some chick with her throat slash or some virus maybe. Chick gets dragged away. END with some found footage. IDK WTF is happening IDK want to know all I do know is I'm scared as shit right now Bravo BR FUCKIN AVO
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5:55PM on 04/16/2015
The lead up was awesome, I just hate the use of loud sound effects/music as a scare tactic. It takes no talent to make people jump, and it takes a lot of talent to create sustained horror.
The lead up was awesome, I just hate the use of loud sound effects/music as a scare tactic. It takes no talent to make people jump, and it takes a lot of talent to create sustained horror.
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9:42PM on 04/16/2015
That's a good point and one of the errors of modern horror movie. I think it was the original House on the Haunted Hill with Vincent Price that has the scariest scene I've ever seen. There's a scene when a woman walk along the hall's corridor holding a candle. She feels like someone or something is behind her then suddenly she turns around and sees a scary old lady closely following her and the camera just zooms in on that said scary old lady without loud music. Now That is effin' scary!
That's a good point and one of the errors of modern horror movie. I think it was the original House on the Haunted Hill with Vincent Price that has the scariest scene I've ever seen. There's a scene when a woman walk along the hall's corridor holding a candle. She feels like someone or something is behind her then suddenly she turns around and sees a scary old lady closely following her and the camera just zooms in on that said scary old lady without loud music. Now That is effin' scary!
10:59PM on 04/16/2015
Yeah I totally agree. I could see the loud noises coming a mile away and turned my volume down as she was filming her neck issues...loud noises, flashing lights and shaking camera is just annoying. Use it sparingly and it can work, but at least try not to be so predictable.
Yeah I totally agree. I could see the loud noises coming a mile away and turned my volume down as she was filming her neck issues...loud noises, flashing lights and shaking camera is just annoying. Use it sparingly and it can work, but at least try not to be so predictable.
1:31AM on 04/17/2015
If it's scary, it doesn't matter if it's easy or not. Sometimes it's just really effective.
If it's scary, it doesn't matter if it's easy or not. Sometimes it's just really effective.
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