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The Gate (1987)


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Release Date: May 15, 1987 Wide



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During a boring, routine weekend, young Glen (Stephen Dorff) and his best buddy, Terry (Louis Tripp), decide to explore Glen's backyard. Before long, the boys come across a strange hole in the ground which yields all manner of sinister prizes. Consulting one of his heavy-metal record albums, Glen comes to the correct conclusion that the hole is actually the Gate to Hell. Offering a sacrifice in the form of a dead dog, Glen further opens the portals of Hades, through which pass some of the most



Nov 26, 2003

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

October 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Dread Central

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.

October 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

worse than i expected

February 18, 2008

It is not a great horror film, but you never get the urge to turn it off, either.

June 14, 2007

Goofy kid's stuff horror flick.

July 26, 2002

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.
November 2, 2013
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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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.
March 12, 2010
Greg S

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