Beyond the Gates (2016) Movie Review

Beyond the Gates (2016)

2016 | Horror, Comedy, Adventure
84 minutes /

User Score: 60/100

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Two estranged brothers reunite at their missing father's video store to liquidate the property and sell off his assets...

Beyond the Gates (2016) is an 84 minutes American comedy adventure-horror movie that does not disappointment and delivered well. Director and co-writer Jackson Stewart (Sex Boss (2013), Beyond the Gates (2016), Ninja Masters 4: The Possession (2015)) did an excellent job executing the movie which could have done with less talking. The film revolves around two brothers who are not on best terms getting together to sell items from their father’s video store along with the store resulting in a gruesome mess.

We see a female and male in the video store parking lot where you can see the horror in the man’s eye as they grew/widen. The movie skips to seven months later where we are introduced to the male’s sons Gordon and John cleaning out their father’s video store by selling what they can. Thier father is an alcoholic who usually disappeared but not for that long which leads the boys to believe that he will not be returning. Gordon’s girlfriend Margot joins the brothers while John is not in the best of moods, a result from his recent breakup with his girlfriend.

Get ready to listen to a great deal of talking between Gordon (Graham Skipper - Almost Human (2013), The Mind’s Eye (2015), Late Bloomers (1996), Friends Effing Friends Effing Friends (2016)),  Margot, and John. They went on to talking more while packing videotapes into boxes resulting in them staying the night in the old family home while talking a lot more. Gordon and John (Chase Williamson - John Dies at the End (2012), The Guest (2014), Sparks (2013), Siren (2016)) are not on good terms and resent each other. Their father who is missing have raised his boys to be mannerly, and the boys will not display their feeling for each other by shouting at each other.

The movie got interesting when Gordon and Margot (Brea Grant - Pitch Perfect 2 (2015), Halloween II (2009), Homecoming (2011), Middle of Nowhere (2008)) found a VCR board game in the video store office. Margot and Gordon found a game called Beyond the Gates who is more dangerous than it first appears to be. The game has a deadly outcome for whoever plays it, but it somehow has a connection to their father’s disappearance. About the last 20 minutes of the film was glorious as the movie became more chaotic with blood splatter and the action/tension grew with the music flowed well with everything. Will the crew play the game to solve their father’s disappearance or will they let bygones be bygones?

Beyond the Gates is an enjoyable movie with over the top practical effects that can be gruesome at times resulting in a score of five. The colorful photography, editing, musical score, action scenes, actors performances and cinematography were all average/nicely done. It appears as though recent movies are lengthy but rewarding, and the same can be said for Beyond the Gates which runs at a very slow pace which can be excruciatingly at times. The three most important characters did a decent job with their performances, but the other actors failed with their performances. The movie does not send chills up your spine and is not scary enough for hardcore horror fans.

About Beyond the Gates 2016

Title: Beyond the Gates
Year: 2016
Runtime: 84 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Comedy, Adventure
Score: 2.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3/5 stars from 10 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 10
Starring: Barbara Crampton, Justin Welborn, Sara Malakul Lane, Brea Grant, Graham Skipper, Matt Mercer, Chase Williamson, Jesse Merlin, Pierson Ryan, Caryn Richman, Henry LeBlanc, Jentzen Ramirez, Ryan Kunert
Writers: Stephen Scarlata, Jackson Stewart
Director: Jackson Stewart

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