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The Gate (1987)

 -  Horror  -  15 May 1987 (USA)
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Three young children 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 three kids ... See full summary »

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Christa Denton ...
Al
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Lori Lee
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Deborah Grover ...
Mom
Scot Denton ...
Dad
Ingrid Veninger ...
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Sean Fagan ...
Eric
Linda Goranson ...
Terry's Mom
Carl Kraines ...
Workman
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Brad
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Three young children 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 three kids struggle to overcome a nightmarish hell that is literally taking over the Earth. Written by Anonymous

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hole | backyard | house | demon | parent | See more »

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15 May 1987 (USA)  »

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A Fenda  »

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$2,500,000 (estimated)

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$13,539,458 (USA)
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The bible passage the Lee sisters picked out was from different portions of Psalms verses 59:1 to 59:9. See more »

Goofs

When Glen breaks the geode open with the hammer, it is clearly shown cracking dead straight down the center. Yet, moments later he touches it and it falls in half, the half that falls over is much smaller than the half that remains upright. Had the geode really cracked down the middle, the two halves would have been equal in size. See more »

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Dad: [as demon]
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Dad: You've... been... BAD!
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DELUSIONS OF GRANDEUR
By Carl Tafel
Performed by Terraced Garden
Courtesy of Melody & Menace Records
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cheesy horror and nostalgia = fun!
27 March 2004 | by (USofA) – See all my reviews

Ah, the pleasures of horror movies and nostalgia. I was about 18 or so when this was first released, and I wandered to the theaters with my friends to watch this movie based on all the TV ads. Yeah, ads that included those little dwarfed demons with mean faces and sharp teeth. Hey, for 1987 that was seriously cool - and done very well! But at the time, I came out of the theater thinking, "Eh, it was okay." Years later, sick and not in the mood to move, I flipped through the channels late at night and found "The Gate" about to come on. I thought, "Eh, for nostalgia, why not?" I was surprised by how much I loved the movie! I'd forgotten it starred Stephen Dorff (he was unknown back then), and I was disappointed to learn that his sister in the movie (Christa Denton) didn't really go on to do much else. She was cute. Whatever happened to her??? Besides the cool suburban and 1980's atmosphere (not to mention the clothes and hair - oh yeah!), the movie's story is the fun type of cheese that still keeps your eyes glued to the TV. Cool effects, a no-brainer but engaging story, and the kids are fun to watch. It's also on DVD at a cheap price, and I bought it the other day. Not bad. It's full screen (bummer), but the picture is pretty good. No extra features though (bummer again). But still, very worth of owning. I just watched it again lastnight. And yes, it's still so fun!


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