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The Gate (1987)

PG-13 | | Fantasy, Horror | 15 May 1987 (USA)
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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Al
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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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Carl Kraines ...
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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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They have opened The Gate. Pray it's not too late. See more »

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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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Trivia

Stephen Dorff's debut film role. See more »

Goofs

When the moths shatter Glen's window, he panics and runs out of his room to get Al, leaving his door open. In the next scene Al approaches Glen's room and the door is completely closed. See more »

Quotes

Terrence 'Terry' Chandler: May the old devils depart! May they burn in the fires of their own damnation! May they freeze in the infinite golden darkness of their own hideous creation!
Glen: Isn't that kind of insulting?
Terrence 'Terry' Chandler: I guess it's supposed to be. I mean, we're trying to get rid of them.
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Connections

Followed by Gate 2: The Trespassers (1990) See more »

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NO PLEASURE
Song and video by Eva Everything
Courtesy of Great Shakes Productions
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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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