The Gate Review
Synopsis:Two young boys accidentally release a horde of nasty, pint-sized demons from a hole in a suburban backyard...
The Gate (1987) is a 1h 25-min PG-13 Canadian supernatural-fantasy horror film that has a cult following and was shot in Kleinburg, Ontario, Canada and Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The movie grossed over $13 million at the box office with an estimated budget of $2.5 million gaining a cult following leading to The Gate II: Trespassers (1990) being released in 1990. Director Tibor Takacs (My Babysitter’s a Vampire (2011-2012), Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (1998), I, Madman (1989)) gave us a magnificent piece of work that is still enjoyed today by many horror fans of all ages. The horror elements could not have been any better, and the sets were out of this world, but blemishes and plot holes that most likely will not be missed.
The Gate revolves around 12-year-old Glen (Stephen Dorff - Blade (1998), Immortals (2011), Felon (2008), Public Enemies (2009)) who accidently releases a horde of demons. Glenn’s family had workers removing a tree from their backyard and the workers unearthed a geode leaving Glen and older friend Terry becoming curious. Glen and Terry (Louis Tripp - Gate 2: The Trespassers (1990), Mama’s Going to Buy You a Mockingbird (1987), Dick Francis: Blood Sport (1989)) found a large geode, but the misery starts when Glen drops a bit of his blood on it.
The movie took a turn when Glen’s parents leave his 16-year-old sister Alexandra/Al (Christa Denton - The Burning Bed (1984), 8 Million Ways to Die (1986), Scandal in a Small Town (1988)) in charge for three days while they are away. Terry and Glen discovers a notepad with strange writings that appear to come from the geode and decides to break open the geode. The duo reads the incantations aloud resulting in them experiencing strange occurrences later that night. Terry believes that they accidentally open up the gateway to evil gods or Hell and decides to close the portal but little that they know that the gateway may appear to be closed, but one of the partygoers did something to seal the deal of opening the gateway. What happens that night is something horror fans should not miss but do keep in mind that this film was made in the late 1980s.
The Gate is not a great movie, but it is a cult favorite with a campy feel with little demons that I do not mind seeing because they are spooky cute. The characters were interesting, and the actors gave us brilliant performances, especially the little two boys. The Gate gave us excellent solid scares, suspense that did the movie justice, creepy, atmospheric settings, and fabulous special effects.
About The Gate (1987)
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Writers: Michael Nankin
Director: Tibor Takács