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The Hell's Gate (1989)

Le porte dell'inferno (original title)
As part of a science experiment, a man has spent a record-breaking length of time alone down a hole, but an hour before he's due to re-emerge, something goes wrong and his colleagues has to go in to rescue him.

Director:

Umberto Lenzi

Writers:

Umberto Lenzi (story), Olga Pehar (screenplay)
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Credited cast:
Barbara Cupisti ... Erna
Pietro Genuardi Pietro Genuardi ... Paul
Lorenzo Majnoni Lorenzo Majnoni ... Manfred
Giacomo Rossi Stuart ... Dr. Johns
Gaetano Russo Gaetano Russo ... Maurizio
Andrea Damiano Andrea Damiano ... Laura
Mario Luzzi Mario Luzzi ... Theo
Paul Muller ... Simone di Reims
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Emanuele Turchi Emanuele Turchi
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As part of a science experiment, a man has spent a record-breaking length of time alone down a hole, but an hour before he's due to re-emerge, something goes wrong and his colleagues has to go in to rescue him.

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Lenzi's worst?
12 January 2021 | by HollysDemoHellSee all my reviews

Firstly that title: 'The Hell's Gate' makes no sense gramatically. I can't believe not one person involved with this film from conception to completion actually realised the english translation surely should've been 'The Gate To Hell'? ...On the other hand having now watched it, yes I can believe that.

Lenzi went to a lot of interesting places in his movie career, from the cannibal jungles to the crime ridden streets of Italy, but this detour into 'haunted underground caves' territory could be his all time low point, pun intended. Random guys wandering round a cave for 90 minutes, and occasionally dying. The end. I don't expect David Lynch or Coen Bros levels of complexity and nuance when watching a Lenzi film, but I was amazed at how babyish this was in every way. A ten year old could draft a more sophisticated plot and script in half an hour, guaranteed.

I couldn't find an english dubbed version so no amusement at any bad dubbing could be had, and I'm not a fan of subtitles generally either so that proved an extra chore, making The Hell's Gate a horrible viewing experience all round - but throughout his career Lenzi occasionally created totally mad classics, so I had to see this just in case it was one of them. It wasn't.


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Country:

Italy

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

14 December 1989 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Gate of Hell See more »

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Budget:

ITL300,000,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Alpha Cinematografica See more »
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Runtime:

(PAL)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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