Movie Review: The Gate, a Horror Cult Classic Remastered
Back with another classic movie review today and this is one that I loved in those days of VHS when I first saw it, now 31 years later, damn I feel old, The Gate gets a Blu-ray release as part of the Vestron Video Collector’s Series along with Wishmaster and The Lair of the White Worm.
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 evil they’ve released as they are overcome with an assortment of horrific experiences. With fiendish followers invading suburbia, it’s now up to the kids to discover the secret that can lock The Gate forever . . . if it’s not too late.
Since its initial release back in 1987, this entertaining horror a built up a well-deserved cult following, the movie even features a very young Stephen Dorff (Blade) as young Glenn as he encounters the terrifying evil in his own backyard.
It has been many years since I had last seen The Gate, so it was great to see it in its full-screen ratio, rather than that 4:3 ratio from those heady days of VHS and boy does it look and sound good, yes the special effects may be a bit dated compared to what we have movies these days, but the effects really make up the charm of this cult horror, the stop frame of the large demon still looks great and is a joy to see for a movie fan.
Let’s not forget the small minions that run around like clueless creatures that give a demonic Gulliver feel as they leave the pit to see what is in the house and to terrify the children while their parents are away, brilliantly done and somewhat terrifyingly funny at the same time.
The Gate is certainly a movie that any horror fan should have in their movie collection, but it’s not just that you have a great film here that is restored and remastered, but you also get a Blu-ray that is packed with features that take you deeper into the history of the film, the cast, the making of the movie and so much more, all going to show that this was a movie that was destined to be a cult horror classic.
The Gate Special Features
- Audio Commentary with Director Tibor Takacs, Writer Michael Nankin, and Special Effects Designer & Supervisor Randall William Cook
- Audio Commentary with Special Effects Designer & Supervisor Randall William Cook, Special Make-Up Effects Artist Craig Reardon, Special Effects Artist Frank Carere and Matte Photographer Bill Taylor
- Isolated Score and Audio Interview with Composers Michael Hoenig and J. Peter Robinson
- The Gate: Unlocked
- Minion Maker
- From Hell It Came
- The Workman Speaks!
- Made In Canada
- From Hell: The Creatures & Demons of The Gate
- The Gatekeepers
- Making of The Gate
- Teaser Trailer
- Theatrical Trailer
- TV Spot
- Storyboard Gallery
- Behind-The-Scenes Gallery
The Gate is out on Blu-ray on the 26th February, thanks to Lionsgate Home Entertainment UK.
The Gate copyright: Programme Content and Photography: ©1986 The Gate Film Productions Inc. all Rights Reserved. Package Design: © 2018 Lionsgate Home Entertainment UK. All Rights Reserved.