I completely and totally love this classic 80's horror film. Forget the 5.4 rating on IMDB. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Gate stars Stephen Dorff [Immortals, Blade] as Glenn, your average, all-American kids whose yard just happens to be a gateway to hell! Dorff is perfect as Glenn. As a child actor, he avoids being either overly-precocious or annoyingly melodramatic. Instead, his character is real and authentic. You really sympathize with the little guy. His main sidekicks in this horror adventure are his best friend Terry, played by Louis Tripp and his sister Al, played by Christa Denton [Growing Pains]. They also do a nice job with their characters and the viewer is quickly drawn into their plight.
For me the real star of this show are the special and visual effects. The pint-sized demons were done with stop-motion animation which is something of a rarity in modern films. It really works here to great effect. The other effects that animate the portal to hell are simple but the work well. The soundtrack also adds to the overall experience of the film and definitely helps to heighten the tension during the big action scenes.
Director Tibor Takács and cinematographer Thomas Vámos deliver a film that looks fantastic and totally draws the audience into the power of the story. The Gate is a special film with a loyal cult following including me. Critics be damned. See this movie!!!
For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.
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