Cluff and Lofing's movie, however, resorts to the usual seemingly endless shots of people videoing long walks down dark corridors and jumping at sudden loud noises. Fans of motion sickness will be delighted to know that there are several sequences of gorge-rising shaky-cam as characters run away from - or towards - something nasty that may or may not be there.
Reese (Mishler) comes across as...well, a bit of a dick. Ryan (Shoos), the guy with the camera for most of this flick, comes across as....well, a bit of a dick. Actually, no, he's a monumental dick, the sort of life-affirming presence who likes to bully the more academically-minded students and who appears out of nowhere to shout "BOO!" just because he thinks it's funny.
If a school play had previously resulted in a tragic accidental death by hanging, would that school really want to commemorate it two decades later by putting on the same play? Yes, let's just rake all of that up again when most people are probably trying their best to forget it. "Hey! Remember that kid who got hanged? Let's build another set of fully-working gallows in his memory! After all, it's what he would have wanted". Oh yes, that would be a set of fully-working gallows. Because a set of non-operational gallows that just look the part don't actually fit the bill. Let's go full method by dishing out an actual execution!
Next, there's the reason that Reese, Ryan and Ryan's cheerleader girlfriend Cassidy (Cassidy Gifford) sneak into the school the night before the play. You see, Reese is a superb athlete but a sucky actor so Ryan - genius that he is - comes up with a fiendishly cunning plan which involves the wrecking of the stage so that the play can't go ahead and therefore Reese's questionable thesping skills will not lead to his embarrassment in front of the rest of the school. Yeah, as if anyone at that school will be trashing the reputation of anyone on the football team. Also, I don't believe that Reese's psyche would be forever fragmented by him not being able to steal the show at a crummy school play. It's established early on that he doesn't really care about the play, he's taking part because he's got the hots for Pfeifer (Brown).
After all of that, just when I thought the film had gone to DEFCON-1 in terms of planet-threatening idiocy there was another scene, in another location, when the cops arrived to arrest the guilty party....and proceeded to be bumped off by the ghost. So the ghost could have killed any of the cast, in any location, at any time it wanted which makes the whole thing with the original location and the reconstructed gallows a tad over-elaborate as a revenge plot.