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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 (131 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 (131 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002I41KNC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,970 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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39 of 43 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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24 of 26 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
5.0 out of 5 stars good family night movie
Good kids movie for the family.
Published 11 days ago by jennifer zuppa
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Awesome 80's B Movie Fun!!!
Published 14 days ago by James Ford
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Classic Special Effects G Movie !
It first saw this back in the day and thought it was really neat . The story and actors are good. You might recognize the main actor on the BLU e-cigarettes commercial too. Read more
Published 14 days ago by L. Winfrey
5.0 out of 5 stars A Modest Proposal
Put this PG-13 masterpiece next to a piece of schlock that's much more "parent-approved" such as the abysmal "Silver Bullet" and it's clear which film all our... Read more
Published 15 days ago by Binky Chottorrhśhia
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Its a classic 80s horror.
Published 1 month ago by Nichole Barrows
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good show..
Published 1 month ago by Devil Dog Zombie Hunter
5.0 out of 5 stars great pricing!
Had to own this movie on DVD! Thank you! Fast shipping, great pricing!
Published 2 months ago by Shane Wojt
1.0 out of 5 stars Did not like this DVD at all would not even tell anyone ...
Did not like this DVD at all would not even tell anyone about it it worst DVD I have ever seen.
Published 2 months ago by dearne brown
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome !!!!!!!
Classic movie I remember watching this when I was little now that I'm grown I really love it brings back memories.
Published 3 months ago by Michael Zachary aguilera
5.0 out of 5 stars good flick
I allways liked this movie and glad I finally have a good copy, now ilm waiting for "making contact" and ill be a happier camper
Published 4 months ago by charley starr 49
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