Welcome to 31 Days of ’80s Horror boys and ghouls! Each day in October I’ll be posting about a horror film from the 1980s, some of which you may have heard of, others may be a little more obscure. This is the month to celebrate all things spooky so I wanted to present some films from my favorite era of the horror genre. I hope you enjoy the column and discover some new ’80s horror flicks to watch, or rewatch, whatever the case may be. I know I’ll be checking out some of these ghastly tales myself since I’ve come across a few that even I’ve never heard of! So on with the horror! On with the terror! On with the ’80s!
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 the three kids struggle to overcome a nightmarish hell that is literally taking over the Earth.
I love The Gate. It’s a really entertaining kid-centric horror film that has some really awesome practical effects. It’s not terribly scary but it just has a great sense of fun to it. I love the look of the little monsters and a lot of the stop motion effects and in-camera techniques are pretty well executed. In some ways, The Gate feels a bit Joe Dante-esque. Maybe that’s just me, but it has some elements to it that remind me a bit of Gremlins and Explorers. It doesn’t quite have the same personality as a Dante film would but director Tibor Takacs manages to inject it with its own flavor that makes it worthy of a watch. For fans of the movie Blade, the movie features a very young Stephen Dorff in the starring role. If you’ve never seen The Gate, I’d recommend giving it a shot, at the very least you’ll see some really cool visual effects, and maybe you’ll have as much fun with it as I do.
How to watch The Gate
The Gate is currently available on DVD. (Buy The Gate on DVD)
The movie is also available through Amazon Instant Video for rental or purchase. (The Gate on Amazon Instant)
To see the other entries in the 31 Days of ’80s Horror column, click here!
by Ben McBride
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