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The Gate Blu-ray Review

The Movie


When best friends Glen and Terry stumble across a mysterious crystalline rock in Glen’s backyard, they quickly dig up the newly sodden lawn searching for more precious stones.  Instead, they unearth THE GATE- an underground chamber of terrifying demonic evil. The teenagers soon understand what evil they’ve released as they are overcome with an assortment of horrific experiences.  With fiendish followers invading suburbia, it’s now up to the kids to discover the secret hat can lock The Gate forever…if it’s not too late.

Directed By: Tibor Takács

Written By: Michael Nankin

Starring:Stephen Dorff (Glen), Christa Denton (Al), Louis Tripp (Terrence “Terry” Chandler), Kelly Rowan (Lori Lee), Jennifer Irwin (Linda Lee), Deborah Grover (Mom), Scot Denton (Dad), Ingrid Veninger (Paula), Sean Fagan (Eric), Linda Goranson (Terry’s Mom), Carl Kraines (Workman), Andrew Gunn (Brad), and more.

Genre: Fantasy & Horror

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: Approx. 85 minutes

Blu-ray Details


  • Original 2.0 Stereo Audio


  • 1080p High Definition
  • 16X9 Widescreen 1.85:1 Presentation
  • Subtitles: English, English SDH, & Spanish

Special Features

  • Audio Commentaries: Director Tibor Takács, Writer Michael Nankin, and Special Effects Designer & Supervisor Randall William Cook, Special Make-Up Effects Artist Craig Reardon, Special Effects Artist Frank Carere, and Matte Photographer Bill Taylor
  • Isolated Score Selections and Audio Interview Featurettes:
    • The Gate: Unlocked
    • Minion Maker
    • From Hell It Came
    • The Workman Speaks!
    • Made in Canada
    • From Hell: The Creatures & Demons of The Gate
    • The Gatekeepers
    • Vintage Featurette: Making of The Gate
  • Teaser Trailer
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • TV Spot
  • Storyboard Gallery
  • Behind-the-scenes Still Gallery

My Thoughts

I give the movie a B+.  This film is a classic (to me at least) as I grew up watching this film over and over again and I still do to this day.

One line I always recite is when Al picks up the red rotary wall phone and the demon on the other side says: “You’ve been very, very bad!”  This film even features a young Stephen Dorff.  I love the claymation of the demons. You don’t see special effects like that anymore as most of the films feature computer-generated effects. I still love the old-school effects and to me the claymation makes it more real then any computer can.  The horror films of the 80s always have a spot in my heart.  I love the look and feel of them and this film is no different. Nothing can compare to it. I love the simplicity of this film as well.  Just a great film to watch with a huge bowl of popcorn!

Catch The Gate, out on Blu-ray February 28, 2017.