Blumhouse Productions, a film company formed out of the success of the first Paranormal Activity film, is one of the most prolific production companies of horror films, both cinema and VOD. With contracts with major production companies, including Universal, Blumhouse is able to get many of their films into cinema complexes. And those that don’t make the grade, land up on VOD and still get a large audience. Many of the films have become classics and well received such as the aforementioned Paranormal Activity, The Purge, Insidious, and Sinister. Others not so much. Their latest release is The Gallows.
Twenty years ago during a school production of the play The Gallows, an accident occurred that lead to the death of one of the students. Now, the head of the drama club, Pfeifer, along with her drama teacher, have decided to put on the notorious play this school year. When her co-lead, Reese, recognizes his inexperience he is talked into sabotaging the set by his friend Ryan so to postpone the production. Cassidy, Ryan’s girlfriend, comes along but soon their plan goes amiss and Reese’s acting may be the least of their worries.
Made with a budget of only $100,000 USD, the film on its opening weekend grossed almost ten million USD. Cassidy Gifford, the daughter of football player Frank Gifford and TV talk show host Kathie Lee Gifford, leads the personalities of what is otherwise an unknown cast. Dark Discussions comes together to give their thoughts on the movie and genre cinema as a whole.