It’s been about ten or twelve years since I’ve seen The Gate. It was always one of “B’s” favorites. I remember it scaring the PANTS off of him when he was little (I know, I’m a cruel mom – having exposed him to the trauma of horror movies at a young age).
Seeing it again, brought back a flood of memories. It was during the time of watching movies like The Goonie’s and Monster Squad over and over (and over) again. One of the horror classics for the 20-something set, it’s the equivalent to OUR (the over 50 crowd) Vincent Price movies. They scared the crap out of you when you were young and now you appreciate them for their super fun, campy style.
So, to say that I enjoyed watching The Gate would be an understatement. The best way to describe it would be The Goonies meet Poltergeist. It’s full of BAD special effects that come across in a fun manner. The Gate has become a cult classic like Evil Dead only for the pre-teen and tween set. But, and will remind you of all of those things you were afraid of as a child.
For those who’ve never seen the movie, it’s basically about a bunch of friends who find the “gate to hell” right in their own yard. Of course, being kids – they feel the need to explore MORE and release a bunch of demons. Their adventures as they battle the demons in the struggle of good vs. evil is classic.
This Special Monstrous edition of The Gate has a few added features, including audio commentary with the director, writer and special effects supervisor, plus two featurettes that examine the filmmaking process and the original theatrical trailer.
Thank you to Lionsgate Films for providing us with a review copy.
You can purchase a copy of The Gate at Amazon.com and other DVD retailers for under $20.
Ratings are based on a 5-star scale
Review by Broad “Z” – Zippy