The Gate Reviews

  • Jan 11, 2020

    It is a movie that people that grew with it will enjoy other than that it is not that enjoyable but at least it takes more risks than Poltergeist making me like it better

    It is a movie that people that grew with it will enjoy other than that it is not that enjoyable but at least it takes more risks than Poltergeist making me like it better

  • Oct 30, 2019

    Underrated horror gem!

    Underrated horror gem!

  • Sep 22, 2019

    Intensely cheesy, MOSTLY family friendly "horror" absolutely coated in the fingerprints of its era. In that respect, it's fairly enjoyable in an ironic way.

    Intensely cheesy, MOSTLY family friendly "horror" absolutely coated in the fingerprints of its era. In that respect, it's fairly enjoyable in an ironic way.

  • Aug 29, 2019

    Amazing effects for the budget and period. A decent movie I think for anyone around 20 who enjoyed Stranger Things and want to see an actual 80's horror movie.

    Amazing effects for the budget and period. A decent movie I think for anyone around 20 who enjoyed Stranger Things and want to see an actual 80's horror movie.

  • Jun 30, 2019

    A kids horror film that frankly puts the genre to shame with what is achieved with a budget under 3 million. Fun from start to finish with an excellent child cast and genuine scares. The practical effects are brilliant, with genuine creativity attached to a simple but impressively streamlined story. This tomato score is an atrocity. Don't miss out on this gem.

    A kids horror film that frankly puts the genre to shame with what is achieved with a budget under 3 million. Fun from start to finish with an excellent child cast and genuine scares. The practical effects are brilliant, with genuine creativity attached to a simple but impressively streamlined story. This tomato score is an atrocity. Don't miss out on this gem.

  • Feb 17, 2019

    not terrible. not very good

    not terrible. not very good

  • Oct 21, 2018

    Parents leave for a few days, so the kids are left in charge. They end up listening to heavy metal music played backwards while reciting arcane phrases and unwittingly open a gate to hell in the backyard. The story is pretty dumb, but the film has a kid focused perspective that reminded me of Steven Spielberg films, ALA "ET" "The Goonies" or " "Explorers." It's a bunch of kids from the 80s having to deal with scary stuff, kind of like "Stranger Things" but on a smaller budget and with old timey special effects. The special effects are actually another charm of the film. Released from the gate is a hoard of tiny demon minions, which are a mix of some excellent stop motion animation and also some forced perspective shots of full-size actors in rubber suits made to look small. The effects are wildly charming for fans of old school practical special effects (Boo CGI). Another novelty of the film is a very young Stephen Dorff, in his film debut, playing the main character, a young boy being babysat over the weekend by his big sister and handing out with his nerdy metalhead friend. They're a likable group of kids, which gives the film a nice family feel, which is a change of pace from most teen horror films of the 80s. What's also interesting is that although it does have a family feel, it doesn't shy away from being scary. Don't get me wrong, this film isn't "Demons" or "Hellraiser," but it's much scarier than say more family friendly horror films like "Critters" or "Monster Squad." Overall, "The Gate" is a film worthy of it's cult film status and is a unique horror film that's well worth watching.

    Parents leave for a few days, so the kids are left in charge. They end up listening to heavy metal music played backwards while reciting arcane phrases and unwittingly open a gate to hell in the backyard. The story is pretty dumb, but the film has a kid focused perspective that reminded me of Steven Spielberg films, ALA "ET" "The Goonies" or " "Explorers." It's a bunch of kids from the 80s having to deal with scary stuff, kind of like "Stranger Things" but on a smaller budget and with old timey special effects. The special effects are actually another charm of the film. Released from the gate is a hoard of tiny demon minions, which are a mix of some excellent stop motion animation and also some forced perspective shots of full-size actors in rubber suits made to look small. The effects are wildly charming for fans of old school practical special effects (Boo CGI). Another novelty of the film is a very young Stephen Dorff, in his film debut, playing the main character, a young boy being babysat over the weekend by his big sister and handing out with his nerdy metalhead friend. They're a likable group of kids, which gives the film a nice family feel, which is a change of pace from most teen horror films of the 80s. What's also interesting is that although it does have a family feel, it doesn't shy away from being scary. Don't get me wrong, this film isn't "Demons" or "Hellraiser," but it's much scarier than say more family friendly horror films like "Critters" or "Monster Squad." Overall, "The Gate" is a film worthy of it's cult film status and is a unique horror film that's well worth watching.

  • Feb 01, 2018

    80s classic kid movie. I don't know how I missed this growing up. The special effects were really above its time. Adding this to my collection.

    80s classic kid movie. I don't know how I missed this growing up. The special effects were really above its time. Adding this to my collection.

  • Dec 31, 2017

    goosebumps b4 goosebumps.

    goosebumps b4 goosebumps.

  • Nov 07, 2017

    not much to like about this dumb kids movie

    not much to like about this dumb kids movie