Mediocre late 80’s supernatural horror that would have benefited from some gratuitous violence/gore and nudity. I saw THE GATE when it first came out and for all these years I’ve thought that the kid opened up the gate to Hell by backmasking a heavy metal album. That would have been cool! But I was wrong cause the pit just [...]ing opens up when a tree falls down. How lame.
Anyway, so this [...]in hole opens up in a family’s suburban backyard and nobody really thinks that its strange that this large hole just showed up and keeps reappearing every time you fill it in. Random [...] happens: a kid cuts himself near the hole; some [...] [...] buries a dead dog in the hole and BAM! Faster than you can say "What happened to Christa Denton’s career?" you get a bunch of ugly little minions running around tearing up [...]. They looked pretty menacing at first, but outside of the clawing up a door and unorganizing your closet they’re pretty harmless. The one troll from CAT’S EYE was scarier. But I don’t think scary was what THE GATE was going for…hum…now that I think of it I have no idea what the [...] this movie is trying to do, but still somehow even with the low budget and lack of action THE GATE is an alright movie and a enjoyable time waster. You could definitely do worse, like anything with Will Smith.
Director Tibor Takacs went on to direct the smash hits SABRINA (the teenage witch) GOES TO ROME and MANSQUITO.
About The Gate (1987)
Starring: Stephen Dorff, Louis Tripp, Kelly Rowan, Carl Kraines, Ingrid Veninger, Jennifer Irwin, Deborah Grover, Scot Denton, Sean Fagan, Linda Goranson, Andrew Gunn, Christa Denton
Director: Tibor Takács