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The Gate -- When best friends Glen and Terry stumble across a mysterious crystalline rock in Glen's backyard, they quickly dig up the newly sodden lawn searching for more precious stones. Instead, they unearth The Gate - an underground chamber of terrifying demonic evil. The teenagers soon understand what they've released as they are overcome with an assortment of horrific experiences.

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Michael Nankin (written by)
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Release Date:
15 May 1987 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
They're Here and They Want to Meet the Neighbors See more »
Plot:
Two young boys accidentally release a horde of nasty, pint-sized demons from a hole in a suburban backyard... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Stephen Dorff ... Glen
Christa Denton ... Al

Louis Tripp ... Terrence 'Terry' Chandler

Kelly Rowan ... Lori Lee

Jennifer Irwin ... Linda Lee
Deborah Grover ... Mom
Scot Denton ... Dad
Ingrid Veninger ... Paula
Sean Fagan ... Eric
Linda Goranson ... Terry's Mom
Carl Kraines ... Workman
Andrew Gunn ... Brad

Directed by
Tibor Takács 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Michael Nankin  written by

Produced by
Andras Hamori .... co-producer
John Kemeny .... producer
 
Original Music by
Michael Hoenig 
J. Peter Robinson 
 
Cinematography by
Thomas Vámos 
 
Film Editing by
Rit Wallis 
 
Casting by
Mary Gail Artz 
Clare Walker 
 
Production Design by
William Beeton 
 
Set Decoration by
Jeff Cutler 
Marlene Graham 
 
Costume Design by
Trysha Bakker 
 
Makeup Department
Jenny Arbour .... hair stylist
Keith Edmier .... crew: Craig Reardon
Kent Jones .... crew: Craig Reardon
Michael Mills .... crew: Craig Reardon
Linda Preston .... makeup artist
Francisco X. Pérez .... crew: Craig Reardon (as Frank Carrisosa)
Craig Reardon .... special makeup
Mark Bryan Wilson .... crew: Craig Reardon (as Mark Wilson)
 
Production Management
Robert Wertheimer .... production manager
H. Gordon Woodside .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bill Bannerman .... second assistant director
Judy 'Lucky' Kemeny .... assistant director: second unit (as Judi Kemeny)
Kathleen Meade .... third assistant director
Michael Zenon .... first assistant director
 
Art Department
Terri Aikenhead .... painter
Zana Ancerl .... assistant set decorator
William Armstrong .... carpenter
Barry Birnberg .... assistant art director
Julia Bourque .... assistant art director
Andre Brochu .... carpenter
Michel Brochu .... carpenter
Rejean Brochu .... head carpenter
Elizabeth Calderhead .... property master (as Liz Calderhead)
Serge Gagne .... carpenter
Shannon F. Griffiths .... painter
Joe Hampson .... carpenter
Adrian Hardy .... props
Hélène Lafrance .... construction coordinator
Frank Lefeuvre .... painter
Stephen Levitt .... production assistant: art department
Reet Puhm .... sculptor
Bob Sher .... carpenter (as Robert Sher)
Jean-Marie Vallerand .... carpenter (as Jean Marie Vallerand)
Sheldon Walters .... carpenter
Stephen Willetts .... scenic artist
 
Sound Department
Terry Burke .... foley artist
Richard Cadger .... sound editor (as Rick Cadger)
David Evans .... sound editor
Douglas Ganton .... sound (as Doug Ganton)
David Giammarco .... assistant sound editor
Wayne Griffin .... sound editor
Joe Grimaldi .... sound re-recording mixer
Robin Leigh .... sound editor
Michael Liotta .... foley artist (as Mike Liotta)
Cherie MacNeill .... assistant sound editor
Susan Maggi .... assistant sound editor
Sandra Moffat .... assistant sound editor
Steve Munro .... sound editor (as Steven Munro)
Dino Pigat .... sound re-recording mixer
Jane Tattersall .... sound editor
Reynald Trudel .... boom operator
Christian T. Cooke .... adr mixer (uncredited)
Michael Liotta .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
John Bakker .... special effects production assistant
Frank C. Carere .... special effects (as Frank Carere)
Jordan Craig .... special effects assistant
Deborah J. Tiffin .... special effects assistant (as Deborah Tiffen)
T. Dow Albon .... miniature model maker (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Jim Aupperle .... crew: Randall Cook
Randall William Cook .... special visual effects designer
Randall William Cook .... special visual effects supervisor
Syd Dutton .... matte supervisor
Mark Freund .... visual effects cameraman: Illusion Arts
Michael F. Hoover .... crew: miniatures/computer motion control: Randall Cook
Lynn Ledgerwood .... special rigging: Illusion Arts
Fumi Mashimo .... crew: Randall Cook (as Fumi Mashimo)
Mark Sawicki .... production coordinator: Illusion Arts
Catherine Sudolcan .... animator: Illusion Arts
Bill Taylor .... matte photographer
Mark Whitlock .... matte artist: illusion arts
David S. Williams Jr. .... optical coordinator: Illusion Arts (as David Williams)
Albert Whitlock .... additional matte effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Peter Cox .... stunts
Randy Kamula .... stunts
Leslie Munro .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Allen .... gaffer
Peter Benison .... director of photography: second unit
Billy Buttery .... gaffer: second unit (as Bill Buttery)
Paul Court .... electrician
Malcolm Cross .... additional camera operator
John Davidson .... second assistant camera
Gabriele DiChiara .... electrician (as Gabriel Dichiara)
Ross Edmunds .... electrician
Bert Gouweleeuw .... grip
Ken Hillier .... electrician
Scott Keates .... grip (as Scott Keares)
Michael O'Connor .... key grip
Tom O'Reilly .... grip
Danny Piva .... electrician (as Dan Piva)
Brian Potts .... key grip: second unit
Dan Roy .... assistant camera: second unit
Kenneth Salah .... gaffer: second unit
Takashi Seida .... set photographer
Erk Thaysen .... electrician
Daniel Vincelette .... first assistant camera
Mark Woodley .... electrician
Craig Wright .... best boy
Lee Wright .... grip
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sylvie Bonniere .... wardrobe
Patti Meade .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Charlene Olson .... second assistant editor
 
Music Department
Jim Weidman .... music editor
Carl Zittrer .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Barney Bayliss .... driver
Dan Dunlop .... driver captain
Gabe Fallus .... driver
Ted Fanyeck .... driver
Mark Moore .... driver
 
Other crew
Vicki Ahrens .... assistant: Mr. Kemeny
Wendy Beck .... tutor
Jane Conway .... dog wrangler
Mary Davie .... tutor
Nancy Eagles .... script supervisor
Gina Fowler .... production secretary
Terry Gould .... production assistant: second unit
Arlene D. Hay .... assistant: Mr. Hamori
Joanne Jackson .... production accountant
Janice Kaye .... publicist
John Lind .... production assistant: second unit (as John B. Lind)
Mark Moore .... production assistant
Woody Sidarous .... location manager
Lisa Smith .... angus doll
Fran Solomon .... production coordinator
Gerry Therrien .... animal trainer
Loretta Vanhart .... assistant accountant (as Loretta Van Hart)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
85 min
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Stephen Dorff's debut film role.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Haunted High (2012) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
YES IT'S TRUESee more »

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16 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
Worth a look., 9 May 1999
Author: Arcades from Altoona, PA USA

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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