Horrorfest 2018 Presents: The Gate (1987, Tibor Takács)


To kids in the 1980s, The Gate must have been pure nightmare fuel. Especially the scene where young Glen (Stephen Dorff, in his first role) goes to hug his parents, only to watch them melt away before his very eyes. It is moments such as that which make The Gate so fun to view, even if it is an outlandish and cheesy 1980s film. The plot is really simple: two kids open the portal to hell in their backyard. Freaky looking stop-motion animation creatures show up, leading to events that rapidly spiral out of control. The Gate is the weekend from hell that is often a staple of horror movies. Literally, in this case.

Christa Denton is great as Al, Glen’s sister, and Louis Tripp plays Glen’s weird friend, Terry. Even though I was never scared at all I rather liked and enjoyed The Gate. I also couldn’t help but notice that some aspects reminded me of Stranger Things, and I am sure the show counts The Gate as one of its many influences. Not bad for a Canadian-America horror movie I finally got to view thanks to the magic of streaming.

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