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The Gate (Special Edition) (1987)

Christa Denton , Stephen Dorff , Tibor Takacs  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Christa Denton, Stephen Dorff, Deborah Grover, Carl Kraines, Kelly Rowan
  • Directors: Tibor Takacs
  • Format: 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: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002I41KNC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,837 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

Editorial Reviews

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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37 of 41 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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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 80s horror that rocks!!! September 24, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
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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33 of 41 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Dorff on demons... September 9, 2004
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He, he...sorry, I just couldn't resist using that title for my review....anyway, have you ever had the urge to dig a hole in the ground when you were a kid? I did and I did, have the urge, and dig a hole, that is...all I found was a ceramic pipe (which I accidentally cracked), but that was about it. Had I seen The Gate (1987) prior to digging that hole, I may have chosen not to, as there are things under the Earth best left undisturbed...

Directed by Tibor Takács, whose credits include mostly television work and a few films like I, Madman (1989) and Deathline (1997), a Rutger Hauer vehicle of little consequence (it was all downhill after his most excellent role as Roy Batty in the quintessential sci-fi film Blade Runner), The Gate stars Stephen Dorff, in his first movie role. His most notable appearance for me was in the vampire thriller Blade (1998), as the villainous, murderous Deacon Frost, who later became the Blood God (he was such a nice young boy, and now look at him...) . Also in the film is Christa Denton, who mostly appeared on television in the 80's, but also appeared in A Million Ways to Die (1986), a pretty good B-film worth checking out, and Louis Tripp, an actor of few credentials, but who can also be seen in the film Detroit Rock City (1999), as The Nerdy Kid (I'm not kidding, that's how it's listed).

The film opens with Glen (a very young Dorff) witnessing the removal of a large, old tree from the backyard of his parent's house. Soon after, Glen's friend Terry (Tripp) comes over, and the pair find part of a geode, a hollow, usually spheroidal rock with crystals lining the inside wall, in the up heaved Earth. Terry, ever the troublemaker (every neighborhood has one...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Nice to watch old movies from your past.
Good for kids but cheesy for teens and adults. I remember being scared as a kid but realize now how horrible the ending was and how bad the graphics were.
Published 1 month ago by Joe
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome movie
Its a great movie, just like I remember it when I was growing up just awesome movie and the video is better
Published 2 months ago by Brad
5.0 out of 5 stars Dorff
A must have for anyone's collection. This is just old school 80's horror in thier prime. It's a kids movie yet not childish like the ones today. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Michael Mantella
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the same as it was when I was 10 years old.
The Gate was a great movie when I was little and for it's time. A bit hard to watch now. It is a bit cheesy now. A cult classic
Published 2 months ago by mcloring
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite as good as I remembered...
But still not bad--typical 1980's faire. Was definitely scary the first time I saw it way back when. Today....well, you could see the little monsters were made of rubber.... Read more
Published 2 months ago by David A. Freed
1.0 out of 5 stars Yawn....
Ok, if I lived in the middle of say Wyoming where I got 1 TV channel using my 1976 black and white Zenith TV with a coat hangar antenna and THIS movie was on, I might be ok with... Read more
Published 3 months ago by TNT
1.0 out of 5 stars wouldn't play
Would not stream properly. Constantly buffering so I gave up. The next one I watched was fine, so I think the problem is with Amazon.
Published 3 months ago by Vicki in Tennessee
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Until the End
I remember watching and loving this movie as a little kid, and even mutilating my left hand. Watching it again 200 years later, I hate the lame ending -- otherwise I'd give it 5... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Garrulaxx
5.0 out of 5 stars the gate
fisrt time I saw this moveis I was young and I love this movie never fogot it love this movie one of my favorite
Published 3 months ago by natanael santiago
2.0 out of 5 stars
It was a typical 80's horror movie, not really scary or interesting really, If I was a kid, I might like it.
Published 3 months ago by Finnegan
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