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The Gate (Special Edition) (1987)

Christa Denton , Stephen Dorff , Tibor Takacs  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Christa Denton, Stephen Dorff, Deborah Grover, Carl Kraines, Kelly Rowan
  • Directors: Tibor Takacs
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: October 6, 2009
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002I41KNC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,290 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

  • Audio Commentary with Director Tibor Takacs, Writer Michael Nankin, and Special Effects Designer & Supervisor Randall William Cook
  • FROM HELL: The Creatures & Demons of THE GATE
  • THE GATEKEEPERS with Tibor Takacs and Michael Nankin

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After an old tree is removed from the ground, three young children accidentally release a horde of nasty, pint-sized demons from the hole in a suburban backyard. What follows is a classic battle between good and evil as the three kids struggle to overcome a nightmarish hell that is literally taking over the Earth.

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40 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's About Bloody Time! September 29, 2009
I have the original pressing of this on DVD, which is in full screen, but now I can finally have the widescreen version. So, if you're looking for a horror movie with tons of gore and blood spewing everywhere, this movie is not for you. This movie is for teenagers, and that's when I saw this movie. I watched it in theaters, and I was hooked. The movie has everything; humor, great special effects, and a lot of the actors are good. I won't write a summary of the plot, since there's one already provided by, so I'll just say that if you don't mind a bit of camp and some cheesy dialog, this movie is for you. I know I'm buying this the day it comes out.

Afterthought. After comparing both the original full screen version and this newly released version, I can without a doubt say that this is truly the wide screen theatrical version. Thank you Lionsgate for releasing it its true form. My hat is off to you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Ah, Memories.... October 20, 2007
What horror fan didn't catch this movie on HBO or USA back in the day? I haven't seen this film in over 15 years, but when I did see it, I saw it MANY times. I recently watched it again to see if it was as fun as I remember. Usually watching a movie years later that you loved as a kid is a bad move coz you tend to be disappointed. After all, through the eyes of a child you don't look for or hang on to the inaccuracies. You're able to accept a premise no matter how far fetched, and acting no matter how bad. While I saw a bit of both, I was pleasantly surprised that the movie still retained all of it's fun factor. I still really like it! I'm gonna give you a quick rundown regardless of what the schmuck below says: Glen(a very young Stephen Dorff), and his teenage sister are left alone to mind the house while mommy and daddy are gone. After a storm, they discover a big hole in the backyard that we quickly find out is a gateway for demons to come through and take over the world. We find this out coz Glen's buddy Terry, who lives next door, just happens to have an LP by a metal band called Sacrifyx(only available as an import by the way). Sacrifyx's album sleeve and lyrics tell the whole tale. Thank God for 80s metal albums and their spookish shenanigans, you never know when they'll come in handy(this film was obviously made in the period where listening to a heavy metal band was seen as only one step away from blood orgies and human sacrifice. Thanks Geraldo for jamming that point home!). Soon Glen, his sister, and Terry(not to mention two annoying friends of the sister) deal with various spooks and beasties in an effort to close the gate. The most memorable creatures being the mini-demons that scuttle around and bite you if they get close enough. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars 80s horror that rocks!!! September 24, 2002
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While it's definitely overlooked by horror buffs everywhere, "The Gate" is definitely a classic piece of horror cinema from the generation that brought us so many great horror movies to begin with -- the 80s. It has every element needed for a successful -- if predictable -- horror film. Parents leave teenage sister, younger brother, and younger brother's metally disturbed metal lovin' best friend alone for the weekend. The two boys, playing in the backyard, dig up a hole that is actually the gateway to hell! A couple creepy scenes here and there (including levitation and weird writing on the walls) and BAM! The miniature, Play-Doh looking demons are running around the backyard and the house terrorizing all inside. Zombies bust through the walls, best friend ends up being abducted along with teenage sister, and it's up to the younger brother to save the day! (He does, don't worry). You MUST rent this one at the very least. It's too bad it isn't on DVD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Goonies Meets Evil Dead July 8, 2010
When 11-year-old Glen and his best friend, Terry, unintentionally open a supernatural gateway while digging in the backyard, all hell literally breaks loose. As Glen and Terry are left in the care of Glen's teenage big sister, "Al", for three days time, small demonic creatures begin to wreak havoc on the trio, terrorizing not only them, but their occasional teenage visitors as well. It's up to Glen, Terry, and Al to find a way to close up the hole and stop the demonic forces from spreading, but how?

If you grew up in the 80's and 90's and love horror films, you're probably familiar with "The Gate". Released in 1987 and directed by Tibor Takacs, this is one that most of us rented at some point or another, and if we were young enough, it might have freaked us out. It's actually something of a kids' horror film. Sort of Goonies meets Evil Dead, or something like that. Think "Monster Squad", but more about demons than classic movie monsters. But be warned, this is an '80's kids' movie, back when kids' movies were actually good because they went more for believability over political correctness and fear of traumatizing viewers. These days, PIXAR aside, movies and television are getting very viewer age specific again, so that it is hard for people of varying ages to enjoy the same entertainment together. That's not the way it was in the '80's, when a lot of the kids' stuff was entertaining for adults too. So, basically, keep in mind that there is some scary stuff in here, for some kids anyway, and like I said, this deals with demons, a touchy subject for some people to see in a kids' movie. It also covers all the basics.
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