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  • Actors: Ron Palillo, Abigail Wolcott, Carel Trichardt
  • Directors: William A. Levey
  • Format: CD+DVD, Dolby, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: None
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Arrow Video
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Feb. 2014
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,763 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Product Description

Product Description


Legends abound of The Hellgate Hitchhiker . So the story goes, a beautiful young woman was once brutally defiled and murdered by a biker gang. Now, returned from the dead, she wanders the roadside luring unsuspecting motorists to their doom...

Refusing to heed the warnings of locals, a group of college friends set out on a cross-country road trip looking for fun and frolics. But they get much more than they bargained for when they wind up in the abandoned mining town of Hellgate and hemmed in by hordes of the undead!

Providing gore and gags in equal measure, Hellgate recalls the good old days of early 90s fright flicks and challenges other gleefully twisted flicks such as Re-animator and Return of the Living Dead for sheer grisly delirium!

Special Features:

  • Limited Edition Blu-ray [1000 copies
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of the main feature
  • Road to Perdition, B-Movie Style: An extensive interview with Hellgate director William A. Levey
  • Alien Invasion, Blaxploitation and Ghost-Busting Mayhem: Scholar, Filmmaker and fan Howard S. Berger reflects on the intriguing film career of William A. Levey
  • Video Nasty: Kenneth Hall, writer of the Puppet Master series, speaks about the direct-to-video horror boom that allowed Hellgate to become a classic of the cassette rental era
  • Reversible sleeve with original and newly commissioned artwork by Graham Humphreys
  • Collector s booklet featuring writing on the film by Lee Gambin, illustrated with original artwork and stills

Customer Reviews

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Format: DVD Verified Purchase
What we have is a film that is unsure whether to be a rubbish horror film or a dreadful comedy. It works as neither. The plot (if you can call it that) is about a biker gang in the 50's (made up of guys either in or close to their 50's) who kidnap a 'teenager' (a woman in her 30's to you and I) and are killed by the girls father in a laughable scene involving a biker guy with a chain versing a guy with an axe with the result of the woman on the cover being crushed by a motorcycle beneath a wall of obviously fake bricks. The acting is woeful, the script is dreadful, the 4 'teens' are easily in their late 30's or 40's. The special fx are really 'special' such as a crap puppet fish and the scene with the guy being attacked by the resurrected bat has to be seen to be believed (the bat has visible strings and doesn't even fly, it just floats around the guys head and gets smacked across his face a couple of times). Possibly a film for purveyors of so bad they're good films. Other than that, ignore the intriguing sounding DVD case description and save your cash and your time, as life is too short for nonsense like this.
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Format: Blu-ray
Tagging onto the tail end of the 80s video revolution Hellgate is a periodically silly horror comedy with a mishmash of ideas that somehow seems recently to have unfairly been labelled as the worst film of all time by newcomers to the genre, who I can only guess don't seem to understand eighties horror sensibilities. Of course, it's no fantastic piece of work, but as something that entertains on at least an occasional basis, it certainly not a pile of steaming turd either. It actually, I would argue, has a few things going for it. Aside from the pretty cruddy crystal laser, the special effects (which include a nifty reanimated turtle and an exploding goldfish) are pretty impressive whilst not necessarily winning any Tom-Savini awards. It also contains a touch of nudity and gore, and even a few laughs, not too far away from the territory of many other American eighties horror comedies really. If I would level any criticism at it, it is that the acting can leave a little to be desired, plus the main characters are not as charismatic as, say, the posse of punks in Return of the Living Dead. And then there is that rather screwy stage host that appears for a couple of minutes before a surreal dance show. But really, people, it aint that bad. And I'd rather stick this on than much of the PC dross that drips forth from Hollywood anyway, to be honest.

Arrow's Blu-ray/DVD combo is limited to 1000, probably realistically given the small target audience for something like this. But grab it quick if you want it. Transfer-wise it is excellent, looking a million times better than you would ever expect something like this to (based on the Blu-ray - have not checked the DVD as I have no reason to!).
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I first watched this on video rental and I remember thinking it was a little crazy back then. The main star of the film is Ron Palillio from Welcome Back Cotter. It starts in the 1950's with a gang of bikers chasing a girl (Abigail Wolocott) into Hellgate, without revealing too much about the story, which is part campfire tale, we cut to present day (1990) and Abigail Wolocott spends most of the movie flashing quite a lot of flesh. A miner finds a crystal which can bring the dead back to life (there's a brilliant scene with a stiff winged prop bat on fishing line) and it's all set in a ghost town. It's one of those films that if you grew up with video rentals you have possibly got some vague memory of a film set in a ghost town with circus performers and can can dancers.
South Africa doubles up pretty well for America and the cast were picked for their ability to do an American accent, don't buy it for the acting, buy it for the memories of growing up with campy horror movies on video.
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WARNING! Avoid this dull, crass 'horror' film, for you will be wasting precious cash on cack. Hellgate is one of those late 80's horrors that was a trashy, straight to video yarn. I thought the plot sounded good, but the acting, FX etc are just plain BAD. NO one I know has ever liked this film, it's only redeeming feature is the cool cover art, but that alone is unworthy of a sale. It could have been really good, even by B-movie standards this is unenjoyable. The only 'horror' to be found here is the time you wasted on this movie. A shame.
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I was going buy this film again as I though the cover looks good and when I read the Synopsis it all came back to me.. There's only two things I remember about this film was the white tortoise with red eye's which makes this evil noise(didn't think they make any hearable noise. ) and a guy gets beheaded by a hanging sign the only horror on there.. The tortoise was on there for about about a minute the guy brings it back to life near the beginning along with a Bat I think by some sort of crystal that can bring the life back to dead objects. He uses it to re-animate his daughter who was abducted and killed by a Biker Gang years earlier.. His un-dead daughter seduces any young man that comes to visit the small town and he takes offense to it and kills them..

Or she kills them as I was constantly fast forwarding the utterly pointless sex and dancing scenes that added nothing to the film.. No character development, plot twists or any horror whatsoever (only the Tortoise, & beheading) a Girl gets killed by a clown with a garroting rope, but you don't see it as it cuts to some can can girls dancing then you see her with bruising around her neck and a glassy look in her eye.. Its not a Horror just titillation and oh so unfunny jokes like "what's the difference between a gay and the Eiffel tower" ..

Two boys and two girls spend a vacation near the town, Hellgate. They hear about the story and decided to go there, you don't give a damn about any of the characters and the Cover has nothing to do with the film.. I think at the end a few zombies come out of the ground including the 2 kids that get killed I was fast forwarding a lot of it just glad I only paid 50p for it.. Tried to give it to a friend but he gave it back after he watching saying he only keeps good films
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