Two estranged brothers reunite at their missing father's video store and find a VCR board game dubbed 'Beyond The Gates' that holds a connection to their father's disappearance.


Jackson Stewart
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Graham Skipper ... Gordon Hardesty
Chase Williamson ... John Hardesty
Brea Grant ... Margot McKenzie
Barbara Crampton ... Evelyn
Matt Mercer ... Derek
Justin Welborn ... Hank
Jesse Merlin ... Elric
Sara Malakul Lane ... Dahlia
Henry LeBlanc ... Bob Hardesty
Caryn Richman ... Marilyn Hardesty
Pierson Ryan Pierson Ryan ... Ghoul
Jentzen Ramirez ... Young Gordon
Ryan Kunert Ryan Kunert ... Young John (as Ryan Kunart)
Colton Toles Colton Toles ... Hooded Figure / Demon
David Bruckner ... 80's Guy


Two estranged brothers reunite at their missing father's video store to liquidate the property and sell off his assets. As they dig through the store, they find a VCR board game dubbed 'Beyond The Gates' that holds a connection to their father's disappearance and deadly consequences for anyone who plays it.

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Adventure | Horror


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Did You Know?


The last name Hardesty is most likely an homage to the Texas Chainsaw Massacre especially since Caryn Richman plays Marilyn Hardesty. The late Marilyn Burns played Sally Hardesty in the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1984). See more »


Gordon Hardesty: Jesus Christ.
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Crazy Credits

A few seconds after the end credits, the woman from the game appears onscreen and silently stares ahead for a few moments before the screen cuts to black. See more »


References It Came from Beneath the Sea (1955) See more »


On the Shores of Forever
Written by Daniel Iannantuono
Performed by Headquarters Music
Courtesy of Senator Barkington Music
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one big mess ... kinda
10 December 2016 | by sjarjaSee all my reviews

To get it out of the way - i rated the movie a 4/10 for being pretty forgettable.

But that does not mean i do not appreciate some things it tried to do. It does however fall with its totally and utterly ridiculous story; a story that is so silly that it most probably is intentional. In short - the story feels like one of those cheap books that tells you to keep on reading on a certain page once you made a decision or like an amateurish table-top-rpg - all along with actors that both underact and overact. (kind of like many roleplayers i feel) Then there are the character archetypes that are so flat and one dimensional... they do not have a sliver of personality about them; and of course a story that lacks any logic.

Once you get that out of the way - you can start to appreciate some neat details though. There is a certain 90s vibe going on, which is dismissed by the rather modern still shots in many scenes. There is some 90s colouring and scenes - and then again more modern ones.

There is what feels like a certain homage to Lynch movies (curio shop owner and camera works in that shop) and some raw, low budget slasher core movies.

The tone of the movie itself is almost somber with extreme gore sprinkled in (that mostly looks deliciously fake) The dialogue consists of meaningless one liners for the most part - and the actors hardly act scene-appropriate.

But the movie actually was kind of funny to watch - utterly forgettable but fun - in all its cheesiness. And sometimes one wants to watch some cheese i guess.

However - i cannot recommend it. Maybe as part of a horror video night with friends (and alcohol...) There are "gems" in the movie that certain people may love and appreciate though. It has a very narrow target audience. (i am not it) But if you are - you may well very much enjoy it.

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Release Date:

9 December 2016 (USA) See more »

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$300,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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