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The Gate (1987)




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Movie Info

When their parents go away for the weekend, Alexandra (Christa Denton) and Glen (Stephen Dorff) settle in for a dull weekend in the suburbs. However, when Glen and his buddy Terry (Louis Tripp) investigate the hole left by a fallen tree, they inadvertently discover a gateway to Hell and loose its demons.more
Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language, violence)
Genre: Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Michael Nankin
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 26, 2003
Vestron Video


Louis Tripp
as Terrence 'Terry' Cha...
Kelly Rowan
as Lori Lee
Jennifer Irwin
as Linda Lee
Linda Goranson
as Terry's Mom
Carl Kraines
as Workman
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Critic Reviews for The Gate

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Like Lovecraft for the Goonies audience...

Full Review… | November 1, 2014
Cinema Crazed

The Gate is a MUST HAVE movie for all horror fans and this special edition is absolutely worth the meager sixteen bucks!

Full Review… | October 16, 2009

I saw this movie in the theater in 1987 and thought it was pretty bad back then; it's still pretty bad, but the visual effects hold up pretty well.

Full Review… | October 10, 2009
Combustible Celluloid

worse than i expected

February 18, 2008

Audience Reviews for The Gate

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.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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.

Drew Smith

Super Reviewer


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.

Greg S

Super Reviewer

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