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The Gate (1987)

 -  Horror  -  15 May 1987 (USA)
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Two young boys accidentally release a horde of nasty, pint-sized demons from a hole in a suburban backyard. What follows is a classic battle between good and evil as the two kids struggle ... See full summary »

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Lori Lee
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Deborah Grover ...
Mom
Scot Denton ...
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Ingrid Veninger ...
Paula
Sean Fagan ...
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Linda Goranson ...
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Andrew Gunn ...
Brad
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Two young boys accidentally release a horde of nasty, pint-sized demons from a hole in a suburban backyard. What follows is a classic battle between good and evil as the two kids struggle to overcome a nightmarish hell that literally begins to take over the Earth. Written by DemonGate

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15 May 1987 (USA)  »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)

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$13,539,458 (USA)
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Previewed October 27, 1986. See more »

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When Glen is descending the crumbling staircase there is a brief shot of his legs searching for a foothold. The legs are clearly those of a female stunt double. See more »

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Al: You mean you guys were serious about that demon stuff?
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Followed by Gate 2: The Trespassers (1990) See more »

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Move over Ghoulies, these guys are the real deal
5 January 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Ever since the success of 'Gremlins' in 1984 other filmmakers attempted to capture the same magic with their little creature films. The first was 'Ghoulies,' which did extremely well for such a cheesy film. It was followed by a sequel two years later, but neither came close to matching Joe Dante's film. Towards the end of the decade came this film, featuring few people who were really known at the time and made on a low budget. No matter because the result was a very pleasant and memorable little film that has gained a small, but devoted following that led to a sequel and a recent Special Edition DVD. How does the film hold up today?

Pros: A really neat concept. Solid performances. Nice and crisp cinematography. Excellent score. Moves at a roller coaster pace. Amazing special, make-up, and visual effects that have held up quite well. Lots of creepy goings on. Impressive direction by Tibor Takacs. A spooky and often dreamlike atmosphere.

Cons: The hair and fashions date the film horribly. A few of the optical effects near the end don't hold us well as others.

Final thoughts: Like 'The Neverending Story' and 'E.T.' this was one of the films I watched over and over as a kid and that put a smile on my face. Sure watching it today isn't quite the same as it was then, but unlike some films we loved as kids it still holds up very well today. Definitely worth adding to your collection and watching again and again.

My rating: 4/5


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