The Gate

1987

Fantasy / Horror

18
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 43%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 44%
IMDb Rating 6 10 11783

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Reviewed by Sam Panico 7 / 10

Metal as it gets

Tibor Takács (director of I, Madman and yep, that's on the list of movies to review) and a young Stephen Dorff take pre-teen trauma and metal love to the limit in this one.

Glen (Dorff, who smokes those blu cigs in commercials and makes Becca sigh and was also bad ass in Blade) has constant nightmares and a weird best friend named Terry (who is totally the most metal geek kid in cinema forever and ever). Together, they find a geode in the backyard and get blood on it. Because that's what you do.

When Glen's folks leave for the weekend and put his sister Al the sitter, you know there's going to be boys coming over and parties. No shock there. What is shocking is that they decide to read some incantations and break open the geode, which leads to Terry's dead mom coming back from the grave. Or maybe it was just Glen's dog Angus, who dies as a result of the monkeyshines.

Terry's awesome — a D&D loving, occult obsessed kid that I totally identify with — and he believes that a metal album is the key to Terry's backyard, which he believes is a domain of evil gods. They actions opened the gate to the netherworld and it's a good thing they didn't make a sacrifice. Just then, one of Al's friends dumps the dead dog in the backyard. Oh no. Oh yes.

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Reviewed by Saul Marcus 10 / 10

Fantasy, Awe and Horror

Can I really be objective about this film. Things we see in childhood are perceived differently.

This movie is what it means to be 13 years old, up late at night, and finding yourself engrossed in a world of fantasy, horror, and magic. A film to cherish.

What is about this film. The stop motion animation, the eye, metal band lore. The ending and what kills the demon.

This isn't a movie of cliché, and not about people doing stupid things while the villain tracks them down. I think people underrate it, b/c in a way it is a silly fantasy film, but it does take itself seriously and is not campy garbage.

Reviewed by MisterWhiplash 7 / 10

Risky Horror Business

For those of you who were young during the early 90's, there was a show as part of Nickelodeon's 'Snick' night called Are You Afraid of the Dark? It was a show mainly geared at kids and it had a not too wide array of stories meant to scare and terrify the little ones. Only occasionally did it actually do that (the episode with the Nosferatu at the movie theater was a memorable one, but I digress), but that spirit is the kind that I see happening in this low budget, independently filmed kid's horror movie called The Gate. I didn't see it when I was a child, but I wish I had: seeing it now as an adult I do enjoy it for the joys of seeing filmmakers who have an actual goal to execute, which is to have creative (PRACTICAL) special visual effects and a mythology, and actors who aren't bad at all - one of them being a young Stephen Dorff as Glen, and his friend Terry played by Louis Tripp - but I know as a kid it would have knocked my socks off.

Could some of that be having lower standards for entertainment? Maybe a little. But that doesn't mean to say I would watch it once and never go back to it; many of the set pieces here involve children in peril, and it all surrounds the great conceit of a portal to hell that has happened due to the wrong words spoken from some book (sound familiar? Calling this Evil Dead Jr. isn't far off the mark, in some moments, not all of course, another thing I thought of was 'Risky Business', only here it's demons from hell instead of prostitutes), and these set pieces involve people actively *doing* things, as Glen gets his sister and her friends (the latter only sometimes) becoming active in fighting against these forces coming upon their house. As a kid, as well as today, I like seeing a story in forward motion, no one acting *too* stupid, and that the creatures are designed with real creativity, and these little demons and a gigantic demon that comes at the end are.

The story takes a little time to fully get past the early section, where we're meant to get the dynamic between brother Glen and sister Al ; in brief: she has a lot of friends who may be "bad" influences in that they like to, gasp, party a bit, and do act like d***s sometimes like a levitation 'stunt' that can be blamed on the demons, and some of Glen and his friend Terry, and it lasts just a little too long. It's not bad character set-up, only that it could have been trimmed slightly. Aside from this, once the filmmakers of The Gate get into these monsters and terrible things happening to this house and then how the set-up and pay-off in the script happens with some toy rockets, it's genuinely charming and exciting as a horror movie.

If you're looking for something to show your kid as far as a funny (notice how they decide to use the Bible when the original record-album book of spells burns up, by the way in some part from a *real* metal band!), or if you want some nostalgia for a more innocent time of supernatural/demonic horror for younger audiences (whether you were into Are You Afraid of the Dark or not), The Gift is a small but decent treasure that embraces weirdness when it comes and puts up heroism as a virtue and cowardice as something that can be laughed at or even despised. It's a good message, even as it's all dopey fluff, and with such a young Dorff at the center!

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