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The Gate (1987)

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
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Stephen Dorff ... Glen
Christa Denton Christa Denton ... Al
Louis Tripp ... Terrence 'Terry' Chandler
Kelly Rowan ... Lori Lee
Jennifer Irwin ... Linda Lee
Deborah Grover 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

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Taglines:

They have opened The Gate. Pray it's not too late. See more »

Genres:

Fantasy | Horror

Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Country:

Canada | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 May 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Fenda See more »

Filming Locations:

Kleinburg, Ontario, Canada See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$13,539,458
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Previewed October 27, 1986. See more »

Goofs

When the Lee sisters leaving the house, they have garlic around their necks. When they get outside, the garlic is gone. See more »

Quotes

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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Featured in Return to the Nightmare: A Look Back at Gate II (2018) See more »

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NO PLEASURE
Song and video by Eva Everything
Courtesy of Great Shakes Productions
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Cult Appeal
13 March 2004 | by YankeeDoodSee all my reviews

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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