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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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Glen
Christa Denton ...
Al
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Lori Lee
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Deborah Grover ...
Mom
Scot Denton ...
Dad
Ingrid Veninger ...
Paula
Sean Fagan ...
Eric
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Terry's Mom
Carl Kraines ...
Workman
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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There's a Passageway - A Gate Behind Which the Demons Wait to Take Back What Was Once Theirs. See more »

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Fantasy | Horror

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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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The diminutive demonic minions are played by actors in rubber suits who were made to look tiny by being shot in forced perspective. See more »

Goofs

(at around 40 mins) When Al, Glen and Terry are in the backyard setting up the rocket, Al crouches down with a pair of pliers to tighten a bolt. If you look closely, she's not tightening anything, but just moving the pliers back and forth in mid air. See more »

Quotes

Glen: Well... ever since I burnt a hole in the roof my dad says I can't launch any of my rockets without supervision.
Terrence 'Terry' Chandler: Hey... I'll supervise.
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References Romper Room and Friends (1953) See more »

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YES IT'S TRUE
By Julia Bourque
Performed by True Confessions
Courtesy of Bomb Records
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Worth a look.
9 May 1999 | by (Altoona, PA USA) – See all my reviews

This is a movie about parents who leave their kids at home while going on vacation. Of course the older daughter throws a wild party. Less predictably, the younger son and his screwed up, heavy-metal listening to friend open up a dimensional gate to a realm of demons.

That's where the fun begins. Some hard-core lovers of horror movies may find this movie to be too heavy on plot and character, but I believe that those aspects are balanced with a good dose of gore and special effects including some pretty amazing f/x feats for 1987.

The only let down for me is the sappy feel-good ending that is seems a bit tacked on. Other than that this movie is good for a scare. So if you are cruising down the bargain priced movies at your local video store and see this title give it a shot. At the very least you'll see Stephen Dorf in his first movie.


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