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The Gate [DVD]

Stephen Dorff , Christa Denton , Tibor Takács    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Stephen Dorff, Christa Denton, Louis Tripp, Kelly Rowan, Jennifer Irwin
  • Directors: Tibor Takács
  • Writers: Michael Nankin
  • Producers: Andras Hamori, John Kemeny
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Digital Ent
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Sep 2002
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004T112
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 35,582 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



In 1987 The Gate was at the forefront of what came and went as a purely 80s genre: Kiddie Horror. Just like The Lost Boys or The Monster Squad of the same year, the idea was to let a couple of younger-than-teenage kids loose in a well-worn horror scenario and play it for as many laughs as scares. Its 15 certificate (PG-13 in the States) meant The Gate had an enormous opening weekend, and a considerable shelf life. The kids in question here are a very young Stephen (Blade) Dorff as Glen and his best friend Terry. After some tree felling in Glen's seemingly miles-square back yard they discover a hole full of precious rock. This is of course the Gate to a demonic dimension. As things start levitating, Glen's dog dies and moths get into the most awkward of places, it becomes obvious that the Gate is open! A teenage sister does little to help early on, but naturally the story develops into one about banding together under extreme circumstances. The make-up and stop-motion animation effects remain impressive in scope and there are a couple of frights still just on the right side of cliché. Since it was so successful, the writer and director went on to make an inferior sequel some years later.

On the DVD: Viewers should note this is a very murky transfer that's in an unspecified widescreen ratio. There's also an unspectacular (equally unspecified) sound mix. But a gallery of 10 photos and the theatrical trailer makes up for that, right? --Paul Tonks

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Teenagers Glen (Stephen Dorff) and Al (Kelly Rowan) are kinda would-be geologists. The pair get all excited by the discovery of a strange crystalline rock in their backyard. With their parents away for the weekend the pair elect to start digging into the ground around it, unwittingly unleashing a terrible force into the world. They have discovered the gate to Hell and unless they can find a way to seal it, evil will walk the Earth forevermore.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The Gate was a very neat and original 80's horror film starring a young Stephen Dorph. The special fx in my opinion were quite good especially for it's time and was done way before CGI took over. With an interesting story and excellent f/x work, The Gate was a great ride from start to finish. I'd say this is one of the best low budget films of the 80s. After an old tree collapses, friends Glen (Dorph) and Terry find a geode in the massive hole left behind in the backyard of the house. Trouble starts when Glen and his sister Alexandra are left alone for the weekend by their parents. Through an odd series of events, demons and Gods from the old world have been summoned through "the gate" in the backyard. How do they know this? Well, Terry is a metalhead who has an album by Sacrifyx that explains it all. Despite how all that sounds, it works. Yes some parts might be very cheesy but then again aren't all this b-movies supposed to be like this?. Director Tibor Takacs really delivers with this one. The film touches on some interesting themes (brother and sister growing apart; parental neglect) but wins mainly due to its fast pace (it runs just 85 minutes). Takacs succeeds in delivering some real dream-like images such as a father's face melting into slime, an eyeball in Glen's hand and the urban legend "dead workman in the walls" who becomes real. All of this is brought to life via some amazing special effects work (courtesy of Craig Reardon and Randy Cook's teams). Cook delivers some fantastic stop motion animation. Despite being 20 years old, nearly all of the f/x work holds up today. I would say that this was a must see film, a great cult classic that needs a proper dvd release.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Impressive- a real gem! 20 Aug 2010
Had little expectations of this film as I had picked it up for some 2-3 pounds. All I can say, really entertaining slice of 80s horror fantasy. Think a more occult-styled Gremlins, a film filled with the supernatural in suburban America, and you aren't to far off.

Also as mentioned above, should be appreciated as one of the last movies to use pre-CGI effects. Can be enjoyed for the stop-motion Lovecraft-esque creatures alone!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Eightes Movie. 27 Feb 2009
I heard of this movie and is now a cult classic in America so I bought it and saw it yesterday. It starts Stephen Dorff (very young here but grew to be such a hot guy!) as Glen who witnesses his tree gets struck by lighting and leaves with a massive hole there. He soon sees things that arren't all what they seem until he turns to his friend Terry (Louis Tripp) who think it's a gate way to hell and will open if two things fall in there. But when things go out of control, will Glen close the gate before hell will come on earth? It's such a eightes movie, the music, the clothes and hair styles are laughable but it's so cool in a way. The problem about this DVD was the picture was very dark at times and the sound was very quiet so I had to turn it up very loud until the loud moments came on which is very annoying. The fact that this film is a cult is really cool and bought the careers of Dorff, Denton and Tripp though I don't know what has happened to the lower two. If you like a pretty scary movie though the special effects are awful but still terrifying, then this is for you and a fan of Stephen Dorff to see his first break-through role. He did well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
An obsolete tree is removed from the back yard and something falls out of the roots. Little did we realize that the hole left is a gate to the underworld? What rises from the abode at first appears to be your standard demonic munchkins. Soon we realize it is just a reflection of everyone's fears. In the conflict everyone learns something of his/her self including us.

This is great fun. Notice the PG-13 rating; it just goes to show you that you can have spooky fun minus the R rating stuff. You get to see them do dump things and kibitz. No one stays in the car. It is even worth watching again. After words be sure to look under the bed (from a safe distance.)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD 15 Dec 2012
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The film quality is very good for an old 80's horror. The back of the DVD cover is in another language but the actual film is English so don't let that put you off.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An underrated 80s gem 31 July 2012
By Beres
I have this very copy and the transfer isn't very good. But don't let that put you off a very good thrill-ride.Stephen Dorf, in his first role, is excellent, the special effects are first rate (this came out in 1986!). I think this deserves a much better DVD release, though. What a way to treat an underrated 80s gem. But until then, this should suffice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "80'S HORROR AT ITS BEST" 12 Nov 2010
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This film is a great slice of 80's HORROR, Mostly overlooked at the time, it has gained a sort of CULT status now among its fans... The FX are still great today as they were back then, A very young STEPHEN DORFF is great and an unlikely HERO, The AMAZON review states that the DVD transfer is quite murky and the sound a bit muffeled, I have just purchased a DUTCH Region 2 in English with removable subtitles and the Transfer is second to none, the Sound 2.0 DOLBY is crystal clear... A TOP NOTCH RELEASE WHAT THIS FILM DESERVES,,,, The only downside there is no EXTRAS on the DISC.... Well worth £7 GO NOW & BUY...
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5.0 out of 5 stars quality review 21 Jan 2014
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good quality and played well with no problems. i had no issues of any kind when i used this product
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