|Directed by:||Tibor Takács|
|Written by:||Michael Nankin|
|Cast:||Stephen Dorff, Christa Denton, Louis Tripp, Kelly Rowan|
The 80â€™s went through a phase when they shelled out movies like The Monster Squad, Something Wicked This Way Comes and The Goonies. Pre-teen adventures of an almost all child cast pitted against some kind of supernatural force.
Here the parents have gone out of town, and left the house all to the kids and their underage party guests. So when the demons from hell take over the house, itâ€™s up to the kids to save the day.
These kids provide a lot of laughs for the most part with their Bâ€”movie acting skills and their wacky hairdos, like the one chick who looks like she got her head caught in a box fan. And I got a bit of a Wonder Years Kevin and Paul vibe from the two main kids. lilâ€™ Dorff had that kind of whininess about him and his pal was a dorky know-it-all with one bitchinâ€™ Killer Dwarfs jean vest.
Out of all the other kid-friendly spookfests out there, Iâ€™d have to say that The Gate stands out as one of darkest. You could traumatize kids with some of this shit. Kids seeing pictures full of dead family members, even attacked by parental imposter monsters with gooey cave-in faces, and a gigantic Kraken looking monster.
Not to mention those tiny stop-motion goblins. Those things honestly freaked me out. And ya gotta give props to a movie that uses a Barbie doll as a weapon!
BOTTOM LINE: I had a decent time with it. It does feel like it takes a while to pick and it is aims more towards the younger horror novices, but there are some creepy little monsters and some fun stop-motion effects. Highly recommended for Halloween time kiddos!