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      The Gate

      1987, Horror, 1h 25m

      11 Reviews 5,000+ Ratings

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      Movie Info

      When Al (Christa Denton) and Glenn's (Stephen Dorff) parents (Deborah Grover, Scot Denton) leave town for the weekend, Al uses the opportunity to throw a party while little brother Glenn and his friend Terry (Louis Tripp) decide to explore a hole left by a tree-removal service in the backyard. When unexplainable phenomena begin occurring, Terry -- with the help of his extensive heavy-metal music collection -- comes to the conclusion that he and Glenn have accidentally opened a gateway to hell.

      • Rating: PG-13

      • Genre: Horror

      • Original Language: English

      • Director: Tibor Takacs

      • Producer: John Kemeny

      • Writer: Michael Nankin

      • Release Date (Theaters):  original

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      • Box Office (Gross USA): $11.9M

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      • Distributor: New Century Vista Film Company [us]

      • Production Co: New Century Entertainment Corporation, Alliance Entertainment, The Vista Organisation

      • Sound Mix: Surround, Stereo

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      • Nov 01, 2013

        The Gate is a fun, entertaining horror film that relies on a good cast of actors and equally good story to deliver effective chills. This is one of those films that manages to take a simple idea, and build something very engaging using a proven formula. The result is an exciting movie that genre fans will enjoy, and it is one of the most surprising gems that I've seen from 80's horror cinema. Of course, the film at times fathers, but overall it's well executed horror film that is engaging from start to finish. I would say that this is one of those films that should be seen during the Halloween season. This is a fun film that boasts a terrific cast of actors, including a young Stephen Dorff. Overall, it has its flaws, but it is a movie that is one of the better 80's horror films, and if you love old fashioned horror, then check this one out. This is a blend of supernatural horror and demonic horror that succeeds on many levels to be a memorable horror film. Some parts could have been done better, but it's nonetheless a well directed effort that will satisfy horror fans looking for a truly engaging film. The story is very well thought out and delivers on many tense moments of fun, memorable horror. The Gate may not be the greatest film of the 80's horror canon, but as it is, it's one that manages to deliver exciting visuals with a good story and effective performances from its cast. If you come across this film, give it a shot, you won't be disappointed as it manages to be a highly memorable horror yarn from start to finish.

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      • Jun 24, 2011

        A descent 80's horror flick.

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      • Dec 23, 2010

        I'm not going to call this a good movie by any means, but it's fun and imaginative and carries a strong sense of nostalgia about it. Oddly difficult to hate.

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      • Mar 12, 2010

        A gateway to Hell opens in a suburban kid's backyard. Horror aimed at preteens and young teens, and it's decent on that level; the claymation mini-demons are memorable.

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