BASIC REPRESENTATION SCORE: +10
FEMALE AGENCY/POWER/AUTHORITY SCORE: 0
[no significant representation of women in authority]
THE MALE GAZE SCORE: -5
GENDER/SEXUALITY SCORE: -10
WILDCARD SCORE: 0
Is there anything either positive or negative in the film’s representation of women not already accounted for here? (points will vary)
TOTAL SCORE: -5
IS THE FILM’S DIRECTOR FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
IS THE FILM’S SCREENWRITER FEMALE? No (does not impact scoring)
BOTTOM LINE: The “jokey” adolescent misogyny of one of the male members of the ensemble and the “she’s just the girlfriend” positioning of one of the women negatively impact the horror genre’s typically fairly good representation of women. The terror of pretty girls isn’t even sexualized here the way it often is.
NOTE: This is not a “review” of The Gallows! It is simply an examination of how well or how poorly it represents women. (A movie that represents women well can still be a terrible film; a movie that represents women poorly can still be a great film.) Read my review of The Gallows.
See the full rating criteria. (Criteria that do not apply to this film have been deleted in this rating for maximum readability.)
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