The film is a found footage horror film starring newcomers Pfeifer Brown, Ryan Shoos, Reese Mishler, and Cassidy Gifford. It is written and directed by Travis Cluff and Chris Lofing, produced by Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions and Tremendum Pictures (Cluff and Lofing's own production company) and hits theaters tomorrow (July 10th)!
FUN FACT: The directors, in an attempt to provoke and capture real emotions and reactions from their cast and crew, PRANKED everyone!! If, and when, you see the film.. when you watch the video from 1993 of the original high school production of "The Gallows", you'll be interested to know that they filmed that scene on a Friday the 13th. The writer/directer duo filled the auditorium with their cast, crew and extras, but did not tell anyone that the main character Charlie was supposed to accidentally be hung, as part of the scene and storyline. They did a rehearsal one time around, having the actor playing Charlie remove the noose and get away. Then, when they actually went to film the scene they tricked everyone in to believing that he really did accidentally hang himself!!! So, in the video, when you hear everyone screaming and see the cast and crew rushing to the stage to help him- those were real reactions!!! Mean? Maybe. But funny. Oh, so funny.
The movie itself is pretty good for a horror film. It delivers on what it's supposed to do, make you jump and scared to death to keep your eyes open. The acting is believable, which is impressive since the main actors are all pretty much newcomers. There's an unexpected ending that will also surprise you and even creep you out a little! Cluff and Lofing acted as writers, directors, editors and handled the visual effects. They were basically a two-man show!
Honestly, I don't LOVE horror films. Generally, because I actually get nervous and anxious while watching them. I have these little things I do when a super scary scene is being built up. Close my eyes, look at my friend next to me, look at the bottom left corner of the screen (it's my trick so that the person behind me doesn't know that I'm actually too scared to watch what is about to happen) or, in the case of The Gallows, pretend like I was writing notes down for question-formulating for the next day's interviews.
So, when I sat down with the cast.. I wanted to know: What do they do when they watch horror films?
What do you do? Comment below!