I'm not going to lie, I don't know who the main character of this movie is. One would presume it's Ryan (Ryan Shoos), the football player who we're first introduced to, although once the plot actually begins, he doesn't do an awful lot. I'm going to say it's Reese (Reese Mishler), who ultimately ends up with the most screen time. It's the day before the school production of the Gallows and Reese has the starring role. The problem is that he's an awful actor, only doing the play to impress his co-star, Pfeifer (Pfeifer Brown). Knowing this, Ryan and his girlfriend Cassidy (Cassidy Gifford) come up with an idea to break into the school at night and vandalise the set, post-poning the play. Ryan tagging along, they do this, only to find that "Charlie," a student who was killed in an accident during the last time this play was performed, still haunts the school, and he's out for revenge.
Ignoring the plot, were the scares at least scary? Not frequently. There were some solid moments of build up here and there, except the way the film and the sounds have been edited, the scares can be seen a mile away, resulting in the ultimate payoff being completely underwhelming. You can tell whenever the film is going to throw a loud noise in your face or have a dead body pop in screen, whether it's the film dying down to silence or a lot of fast moving shots followed by a slow, panning one. The filmmakers manage to loose whatever tension they previously created.
The film is unbelievably stupid as well. All the characters need to do is get out of the school before they're all killed by "Charlie." So what do they do? Talk, procrastinate, explore some other areas, go back and forth between places they've already been and flirt with each other. It's ridiculous. On top of that, the characters also make the dumbest, most out of character decisions, such as leaving one person behind or other dumb horror tropes like that. The Gallows is an hour and a half of painfully stupid horror clichés that leaves many unanswered questions, the main one being why the hell they didn't just take down the locked door at the start of the movie. They brought tools with them. They could literally unscrew it off the wall. A ghost can't stop you there.