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The Gate 1987

Three young children accidentally release a horde of nasty, pint-sized demons from a hole in a suburban backyard. What follows is a classic battle between good and evil as the three kids...

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@EnkiHoffa I used to slo-mo the stop motion'd be surprised. This was a great little surprise movie when it came cured me of wanting to dig in the back yard.
Hard to believe this movie is already 27 years old! This was a favorite as a kid, for some reason, I always wanted one of the little demons as a pet!
The boy Glen and his best fried Terry accidentally open a gate to hell when a rotten tree is removed from the backyard of Glen's house. When his dog die and a friend of Glen's sister, the teenager Alexandra, buries the animal in the hole, demons from an ancient civilization are released, seeking for two human sacrifices to dominate the world. Glen, Al and Terry, who are spending the weekend alone in the house, fight to save their lives and close the hole.

I re-visited an old PG-13 horror film from my childhood. It has a little Stephen Dorff finding a hole in his backyard that happens to be a portal for demons. The effects are beyond dated and cheesy and the story is the pinacle of horror cliche, but I can't find it in my heart to give it a rotten score. My childhood nightmares wont let me.

**1/2 /****

I should do that sometime.

Insteads I'm watching The Gate, which is more dated than Prince. But it's kinda fun, especially the demons.

I'm getting the itch again. I don't like when this happens. Damn Valentine's Day/Nice people/bars.
(** 1/2)
That was a nice break from RT this past week, but I suppose it's time to get back to business. I've spent most of this week catching up on a few things, and watching a couple of movies in between. At the start of my vacation I watched a couple of horror films from my youth that I hadn't seen in while. Most of these I found in one of those bargain bins in one of those outlet stores.

The Gate is a movie I somewhat remembered from my youth. I had actually been looking for it for a while because one of my closest friends brought it up in a conversation a while back. So I was a bit excited when I found it, and at a $4 price tag. So, did this movie hold up over the years? Or was it one of those films I couldn't believe I ever liked?

Well judging by my score, it is pretty obvious that I still hold this film in some regard. Sure it looks outdated, and a lot of it doesn't make much sense. But the movie still pulls out some rather creepy moments, and allows its characters to have some brain cells... unlike most horror films from that time period.

After a huge tree is removed from their backyard, Glen (Stephen Dorff) and his friend Terry (Louis Tripp) discover a mysterious hole that leads deep under ground. In it they find a rock that when broken open, unleashes an ancient evil. And with their parents away for the weekend, Glen and his sister Al (Christa Denton) and a small group of friends must battle with these monsters who are determined to destroy the Earth.

So the movie isn't original, but it is still a lot of fun. And the little demons that come out of the ground are pretty scary looking, and very well done I must say. All in all, I liked this movie more than I thought I would after all this time. It doesn't have the same kick to it that Monster Squad had, but it is still a fun film to watch

The Gate (1987)

The Gate is one of those little known horror movies from the 80s that many people think is terrible, but for others it's just a classic example of 80s horror. I loved this movie as a kid even though it basically ripped off Poltergeist. It's been so long since I've seen this and I need to watch it again.
Forget Monster House, this is where it really is at!

I give this movie a 7.0 out of 10.0. I wish I had seen this when I was younger, it would have freaked me out completely, but I think I would have also loved it. I completely recommend anyone checking it out, or revisiting it.
A very young and nerdy Stephen Dorff (of Cecil B. Demented un-fame) in this perfect Halloween movie for the younger set. The claymation monsters were good and whenever I see them, I become a little nostalgic about them and often think in someways they were scarier than the computer graphics of today. . . but hey, that's just me.

Anyway, this film is not for very young children, although it is fast moving and watching it with the kids would not be a bad thing.
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