The Gallows

The fictitious high school play The Gallows isn’t very good, judging from what we see of it during the real horror movie The Gallows. The dialogue is thin, bordering on cryptic; the characters’ motivations are unclear; and most important—at least for the school’s liability insurer—it climaxes with an execution on a fully functioning gallows, which has already resulted in one student’s accidental death back in 1993. Remounting the play 20 years later is morbid at best and negligent at worst, but then again, bad decisions are the foundation upon which the horror genre was built. After all, if the Lutz family hadn’t purchased a suspiciously inexpensive Dutch Colonial home on Long Island, we wouldn’t have The Amityville Horror. Continue reading >>