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About the Movie
A retro-cool blast from the day-glo 1980s past, Beyond the Gates zaps viewers back to a time when VHS ruled, video stores were meccas for horror fans, and shocks came with a healthy dose of schlock. In the wake of their father's mysterious disappearance, two estranged brothers—responsible Gordon (Graham Skipper) and reckless John (Chase Williamson)—reunite to sift through the contents of his stubbornly anachronistic VHS rental store. Among the inventory, they discover an interactive VCR board game, which their father viewed just before he vanished. Intrigued, the boys pop in the tape, press play, and soon discover that, far from an ordinary game, the video is a portal to a nightmarish alternate reality overseen by a sinister hostess (cult horror icon Barbara Crampton) and that in order to save their father's soul, they must play by her rules. Bursting with eye-popping practical effects, an unsettling synth score, and wicked black humor, Beyond the Gates puts a fresh spin on old-school terror.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 17
- Fresh: 14
- Rotten: 3
- Average Rating: 6.3/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Rotten: Shows early promise but eventually ends up in the bin of ordinariness.
Fresh: This fun if unmemorable occult thriller sports - all too faithfully at times - both the typical pleasures and shortcomings of the movies it pays homage to.
Fresh: Though the film moves slowly - like a half-hour anthology episode stretched to three times its natural length - co-writer/director Jackson Stewart's obvious affection for obsolete technology earns some goodwill.
Fresh: It's an odd, sometimes uneasy combination of stylized retro horror and character drama that plays like a game of Exquisite Corpse between the Duplass brothers and Full Moon Pictures.
Nostalgic thrill ride
Directed by Jackson Stewart and produced by Barbara Crampton, of Re Animator and We Are Still Here, comes a nostalgic blast from the past thrill ride.
As a kid I use to love the popular 80's horror VHS board games like Atmosfear and Nightmare and was thrilled to see a film tackle that premise. The use of the vintage 80's mom and pop VHS store was added as well, as us 80's kids hold so dear to this day.
The acting and story was very engaging and it actually felt like you were a part of the game being played on screen. There was ample gore for you video nasty lovers, and the thing that stood out to me the most was the straight from the 80's lighting and score. Another shock was the character of Evelyn played by Barbara Crampton herself, as the host of Beyond The Gates.
Overall this was a very well put together film and very thought out screenplay. Beyond The Gates felt like a mix of Witchboard, The Gate, and Fright Night. A success all around the "board."
Light on believably heavy on heart
Nothing about this jives, from the relations between characters to the game its self, but it is fun! I'd watch it again.
Bad, slow, disjointed.