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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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15 May 1987 (USA) See more »
They're Here and They Want to Meet the Neighbors See more »
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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  (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)
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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Also Known As:
85 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Writer Michael Nankin based the script on specific things from his childhood. For example, Nankin did have a best friend named Terry.See more »
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): (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 »
Terrence 'Terry' Chandler:We accidently summoned demons who used to rule the universe to come and take over the world.
Glen:Yeah, we found out about it from, uh, one of Terry's albums.
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Movie Connections:
References "Romper Room and Friends" (1953)See more »


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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Cult Appeal, 13 March 2004
Author: YankeeDood from Nevada

Overall, I liked The Gate because of it's weirdness. Plus, the special effects were eye-catching. Especially when the handyman tumbles over then transforms into tiny demons that scatter about. My favorite scene is when the parents return home late at night and Glen's father says "You've been baaaaaad!" and tries to strangle him while slime drips out of his face. Weird stuff. My only complaint is how it ended. But I won't give it away. I recommend seeing this one but keep in mind that those dwarf demons are "older than the Bible".

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