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The Gate (1987)

PG-13 | | Fantasy, Horror | 15 May 1987 (USA)
Kids, left home alone, accidentally unleash a horde of malevolent demons from a mysterious hole in their suburban backyard.

Director:

Tibor Takács (as Tibor Takacs)

Writer:

Michael Nankin
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stephen Dorff ... Glen
Christa Denton ... Al
Louis Tripp ... Terrence 'Terry' Chandler
Kelly Rowan ... Lori Lee
Jennifer Irwin ... Linda Lee
Deborah Grover ... Mom
Scot Denton Scot Denton ... Dad
Ingrid Veninger ... Paula
Sean Fagan Sean Fagan ... Eric
Linda Goranson ... Terry's Mom
Carl Kraines ... Workman
Andrew Gunn ... Brad
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

... pray it's not too late! See more »

Genres:

Fantasy | Horror

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 May 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Gate See more »

Filming Locations:

Kleinburg, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

CAD2,500,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,258,063, 17 May 1987

Gross USA:

$13,539,458

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,539,458
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The logo on the back of Terry's jacket is that of the Killer Dwarfs, a heavy metal band from the Toronto, Ontario area who were known for their offbeat sense of humor. See more »

Goofs

Neither geodes nor thundereggs form in lightning strikes. Both are of volcanic origin. Technically, a geode is not the same as a thunderegg, which is a filled nodule. The actual residue of molten ground in lightning strikes is called a fulgurite, which is lengthy, with branches. It can indeed be very valuable. See more »

Quotes

Dad: [as demon]
[shouts]
Dad: You've... been... BAD!
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Connections

Featured in Made in Canada (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

NO PLEASURE
Song and video by Eva Everything
Courtesy of Great Shakes Productions
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A great horror-fantasy
22 October 2003 | by one4now4See all my reviews

Don't let the PG-13 rating and the "if it's not gory and new, it's no good" critiques fool you. This could possibly get an R today, and is a great horror-fantasy that I loved as a kid and still love now. All of the actors turn in great performances (including a very young Stephen Dorff who proves here that he was a great actor from the start), and I have no idea how anyone could dare to criticize the quality of these great special FX. To me, "The Gate" is an example that sometimes a low-budget film, if done well, looks much better than big-budget swill could ever wish to be. The only less than totally impressive special effect is the big monster that shows up, but it's no better or worse than the computer-generated monsters we're accustomed to today, plus the fact that it WAS done on a low budget should make it more worthy of respect when it probably looked state-of-the-art back then. All of the rest of the creatures are great. Like in "Return of the Aliens: The Deadly Spawn" (another great movie with even lower budget creature FX), if I were to run into some monsters in real life, I would expect them to look as real as this! Another thing I loved about this was the fact that, despite idiotic people who write all the time that this movie is making a comment against heavy metal, "The Gate" actually poses an interesting idea that sometimes the knowledge of some of these heavy metal rockers can be positive and helpful, no matter how "evil" their image might be. If you watch this movie, you might see what I mean. This is definitely a PG-13 horror movie that deserves a lot more respect than it's gotten.


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