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The Gate (1987)

 -  Fantasy | 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 struggle to overcome a nightmarish hell that is literally taking over the Earth. Written by Anonymous

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There's a Passageway - A Gate Behind Which the Demons Wait to Take Back What Was Once Theirs. See more »

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Writer Michael Nankin originally planned on directing the film as well. See more »

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Just before Glen stabs the eye in his hand, he is wearing a noticeable latex thumb which is much larger than his thumb in the previous shot. See more »

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Al: Glen! Don't be embarrassed! Crying's nothing! Remember when Trevor Stubblefield pantsed me in front of the whole auditorium?
Terrence 'Terry' Chandler: Yeah! And I barfed on Steve Slavitt after the 12 minute run!
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One of my favorite horror movies of all time!
5 October 2009 | by (Albuquerque New Mexico) – See all my reviews

Glen (Stephen Dorff) is your average 80's pre-teen boy who has a pal named Terry (Louis Tripp) as they are both into heavy metal music. Glen's parents leave for the weekend leaving the older sister Al (Christa Denton) to take care of her bro, then she decides to throw in a party with all her pals however Glen and Terry discover a weird hole in the backyard as they use a special demonic rock album that has magic spells on summoning demons. They literally get one hell of a night as that hole in the backyard is actually a gate to hell where demons and evil forces terrorize them for the night as they must try to find a way to shut the gates of hell.

Excellent 80's cult supernatural horror thriller from Canada that became a box-office hit in both the US and Canada in May of 1987. This movie marked the debut of Stephen Dorff long before he was in "Blade" who played a superb kid in this movie, the film incorporates a very interesting concept about a rock album used for satanic rituals. For it's time the special effects are outstanding even on the creature and master demon effects with plenty of memorable moments including the eyeball in the hand gag and some gore for a PG-13 rated movie. It's a real winner in my books as it's a very HP Lovecraft-esquire thrill-ride that never lets go.

Also recommended: "City of the Living Dead (a.k.a. Gates of Hell)", "Hellraiser 1 & 2", "Silent Hill", "Poltergeist", "Pet Sematary", "1408", "House (1986)", "The Haunting in Connecticut", "The Fog (1980)", "Gremlins", "Demons 1 & 2", "Suspiria", "Inferno", "Mother of Tears", "House By The Cemetery", "Ghostbusters 1 & 2", "Twilight Zone The Movie", "Evil Dead 1 & 2", "From Dusk Till Dawn", "Pumpkinhead", "Making Contact (a.k.a. Joey)", "Burnt Offerings", "Urotsukidoji: Legend of the Overfiend", "Night of the Demons", "The Exorcist", "Candyman", "Nightbreed", "Mirrors", "End of Days", "The Frighteners", "Stephen King's IT", "The Shining", "The Gate 2" and "The Beyond".


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