The Gallows came out of nowhere. One day someone tells me Travis Cluff and Chris Lofing made a great independent horror film and the next, Blumhouse Productions and Warner Bros. snatch it up and schedule it for a coveted summer release. At this point, the word-of-mouth and the companies’ faith in the project is more than enough to get me on board and it’s a good thing because this trailer falls a little short of meeting my high hopes.
We got a teaser trailer last month and even though it didn’t really touch on any story details, that quiet, lengthy shot was eerie, upsetting and definitely supported the quote, “So scary … it’s hard to watch.” I find this new trailer hard to watch too, but not because it’s creepy. It’s just a bit too dark and shaky for my taste. However, there’s no judging a movie by its promo and, for all I know, the narrative and scares will be so effective, the shooting style could wind up feeling quite natural.
Check out the new The Gallows trailer with an especially catchy cover of “Smells Like Teen Spirit” below. The film stars Cassidy Gifford, Ryan Shoos, Reese Mishler and Pfeifer Brown, and is due in theaters on July 10th.
Here’s the synopsis for The Gallows:
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.