Gate, The (1987)

James / October 25th, 2012

Description:ย Monster Madness 80’s-A-Thon! James reviews “The Gate” from 1987.ย They’re Here and They Want to Meet the Neighbors.



  • October 25, 2012 at 5:23 am

    Awesome review!

  • October 25, 2012 at 5:25 am

    by the way the Eyeball in the hand is an occult thing.. it meant the kid was the Demons masters… the Warlock.. he was able to give them orders, if you watch the movie with that in mind you will see how the big demon treated the kid like his master, till he stabbed the eye out… THEN it pissed the demon off and he tried to kill the Kid..

  • lfgubrs

    October 25, 2012 at 5:27 am

    Seems i must check this movie out, Thanks James

  • Ben_from_G-town

    October 25, 2012 at 5:34 am

    The best parts of It were the segments with the kids, so this movie could be pretty good. I wonder if it also tricked kids into thinking it was a kids film since the main characters were kids. They probably got their asses scared off after they watched this, same as kids with It.

  • Joker83

    October 25, 2012 at 6:17 am

    I saw this movie in the 80’s when I was like six years old and it scared the HELL out of me. Seriously, I was scared shitless for a long time after. This movie is basically a little kids worst nightmare. Watching it as an adult though it is so funny because the plot is just so absurd. Heavy Metal lyrics release the demons? It’s great.

    • chaseafterstart

      June 3, 2013 at 1:44 am

      It’s been over 20 years and I finally know the name of the movie that scared the shit out of me as a kid.

  • Andoru

    October 25, 2012 at 6:22 am

    This is may be the first Monster Madness review of a movie I’ve actually seen haha. It’s on Netflix; if you have a subscription I’d definitely check it out.

  • tripwood

    October 25, 2012 at 6:46 am

    That looks awesome! I’ll be playing this at my next viewing. We watched Re-Animator last time and everyone really got into it, it was awesome. Thanks Nerd.

  • Stefanoragnopazzo

    October 25, 2012 at 6:49 am

    Ohhhh not kids in real horror movies like this they are mean to kids. The faces they do, i don’t know if i will see this…umm, have to find the courage if i do.

  • October 25, 2012 at 7:07 am

    you know what? those little Monster”s look like from right out of a Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark (2010) Directed By: Troy Nixey so can It be? If you don’t know what I’m talk about go see the movie Its on DVD…because they look alike…

  • Djinn_the_Insane

    October 25, 2012 at 7:30 am

    And to think that the main character grew up to rival “Blade” , I see a connection , Demon Master and Blood God……. AVGN for Life !!

  • Djinn_the_Insane

    October 25, 2012 at 7:32 am

    *Stephen Dorff is the main character’s real name !

  • Riceking10

    October 25, 2012 at 8:18 am

    I remember being a little kid… like, young enough that I only have little flashes of memory. I saw this movie on TV while at a relative’s house, and for YEARS I’ve wondered what this movie was.

    The dog looked familiar, but it was the eye in the kids hand that reminded me of what it was. Thanks!

  • Cilliandrew

    October 25, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Haha, first movie this year that i have ACTUALLY seen. Watched it back in the 80’s when i was a kid. I remember being really into it until the dad’s face melted there. That absolutely terrified me.

    Very cool movie. As I recall it nearly beat ISHTAR at the boxoffice, back in the day.

  • Gorey O' Rotten

    October 25, 2012 at 9:33 am

    One of the most original 80’s movies of all time, I love it!

  • Toutubesfriend

    October 25, 2012 at 9:58 am

    man i remember that movie when i was a kid thanks james

  • mzac76

    October 25, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Nice review James.

    Did you know that this movie was directed by Tibor Takรกcs. He’s a hungarian just like Bela Lugosi!!!

  • roopjm

    October 25, 2012 at 10:32 am

    I remember this movie! It was a favorite of mine back when i was a kid in the 80s (along with Full Metal Jacket, yeah I loved horrible stuff as an 8 year old)

    I heard a rumor, that the album the kids using is Sepultura’s first album from Brazil.

  • Alaskanbullworm

    October 25, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Oh man, I think I blocked this movie out of my head until I saw the review. Scared me so much as a kid. Darn you James, DARN YOU! Now I’ll have to watch it on Netflix to face my childhood nightmares head on

  • Gunner

    October 25, 2012 at 10:46 am

    yeah its a classic film, loved it since i was a kid. I was glad to see that Stephen Dorff went on to act in more movies when he got older.

  • LordJason1986

    October 25, 2012 at 11:01 am

    The Gate huh? it actually looks interesting. true that a movie has balls if it doesnt care about killing children. much like Halloween III Season of The Witch when it had balls about killing kids as well. the monsters thought look a tad bit generic if you really think about it. a lot of monsters from the 80’s & 90’s look very similar to these monsters in this film yet the only difference is that they are tiny. there has also been numerous opening portals to hell kind of films as well. man , no wonder heaven is so hard to get into since hell’s gates has been opened way too many times. has there ever been a horror film or a story for that matter when the devil just gives up and gets board? anyways , awesome review james. and thanks for the 2nd avgn episode yesterday.

    “7 more days till Halloween , Halloween , Halloween , 7 more days till Halloween , Silver Shamrock”

  • SYD

    October 25, 2012 at 11:08 am

    Some of the little Demons appear to have been men in rubber suits on giant sets. I saw the photo on the Chive the other day.

    Its a great movie!!!

  • LordJason1986

    October 25, 2012 at 11:12 am

    uh , 6. 6 more days till Halloween. egh , I need to stop staying up late.

    btw , if anyone hasnt heard by this point , on October 25-30 , John Carpenter’s Halloween returns to theaters. before the film begins , it will have a 30 minute documentary at the beginning called “You Cant Kill The Boogeyman : 35 Years of Halloween” and is narrated by Andrew Divoff (The Djinn from Wishmaster) which will explore the cultural impact of Michael Myers.

    if you folks (especially James) are a big fan of the original Halloween , then this is the film you cannot miss.

  • Adlez

    October 25, 2012 at 11:33 am

    You once again proved that you have a great taste, James! (no irony)

  • Ricky Vega

    October 25, 2012 at 11:43 am

    Sounds pretty damn original.
    I think I’ll give it a watch! Thanks James!

  • DogDashDash

    October 25, 2012 at 11:46 am

    This is the earliest horror film I can recall ever seeing. If I ever see it on TV I always watch it, it’s a good one. Scared the ever loving piss out of me when I was young, though.

  • sunilinus

    October 25, 2012 at 11:58 am

    scared. the. shit.

    oh to be 8 again and have movies actually scare you…

    great vid man.

  • AxlTCU

    October 25, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    Haha I never realized until now that Glen is played by Stephen Dorff.

  • CharlieBrownGhostAss

    October 25, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    I’m really hoping that James will do a review of “They Live (1987)”,”Bad Taste (1987)” and “Meet The Feebles (1989)” next.

  • delsydsoftware

    October 25, 2012 at 1:31 pm

    I vaguely remember seeing this on HBO at some point in the 80s. Really weird movie.

  • Doogrisa

    October 25, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    I can remember liking that movie a lot when I was a kid. It’s definitely worth a watch.

  • xeemo

    October 25, 2012 at 1:40 pm

    I saw this movie on TV roughly 10 years ago. From what I remember it was pretty entertaining. I’ve been meaning to watch it again actually.

  • snafuwarui

    October 25, 2012 at 2:38 pm

    haha kids version of The Evil Dead

  • MyNameIsBruce

    October 25, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    This movie scared the shit out off me when i was about 8 and the thought off workmen in the walls creeped me out lol. btw small error in the video Glen doesn’t hug his dead mother terry does

  • Riknight36

    October 25, 2012 at 3:02 pm

    My God…When I read the title of the movie, I THOUGHT I had seen it before, and then you showed the eye in the hand and visions of not being able to sleep from my childhood struck me like lightning. I HATED this film. It probably scared me more than any other in my childhood. I seriously repressed it.

  • October 25, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    I love seeing humans getting killed in horror movies but I totaly loose my temper when I see animals killed in movies, I get agressive and makes me want to beat somebody up, don’t know why. Animals seem so much more innocent than humans…

  • Truehare

    October 25, 2012 at 3:37 pm

    Man, I really loved this movie back in the day! I must have watched it at least twenty times. The oppressive mood throughout was a rare treat, even if it was weakened by the impossibly happy ending.

    The sequel was crap, though. As is the norm. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Achilles

    October 25, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    You Rock for reviewing this!!! YOU’RE THE BEST! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Labyrinth9000

    October 25, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Does the record player part make anyone here think of “Little Nicky” with Adam Sandler in it?

  • October 25, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    james when you gonna review Captain N: Gamemaster…i mean its fuckin basically you. get it in man, it would be great to hear your thoughts on one of my favorite childhood cartoons that featured Nintendo games.

  • Kiarachu

    October 25, 2012 at 6:10 pm

    OH.MY.GAWD! I saw this movie when I was like 9 years old! I clearly remember the eye on the hand…it’s one of the few things that I remember about this movie…I must search for this movie again, and watch it…thanks, James!

  • AFX

    October 25, 2012 at 6:59 pm

    Only 3 reviews left, and one of them better be Killer Klowns. It was released in 1988 so im still hoping for it lol

  • Smack2k

    October 25, 2012 at 7:06 pm


    Any chace you will ever review Piranha from 1978 and maybe the sequel Flying Piranha?

    Those movies are fuckin bad but great!!

  • pikmintaro

    October 25, 2012 at 7:29 pm

    Cooooome on James please don’t skip Killer Klowns from outer space! pleeeeeease!

  • Smack2k

    October 25, 2012 at 7:48 pm


    You GOTTA be saving Killer Klowns for last or second to last right? Say its true James!

  • Aaron1375

    October 25, 2012 at 8:04 pm

    I liked this one when I was a kid, but you should of mentioned the sequel too like you did in the Teen Wolf review.

  • mcjoshntosh

    October 25, 2012 at 8:42 pm

    this is one fucked up movie

  • 19Szabolcs91

    October 25, 2012 at 9:21 pm

    Holy shit, finally a decent, proper horror film in this year’s monster madness! This looks great, I’m gonna check it out!

  • culwin

    October 25, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    A classic film, I think everyone saw this as a kid in the 80’s LOL

  • Firx

    October 25, 2012 at 9:37 pm

    I remember seeing that movie as kid and liking it, but I didn’t remember it having such righteous effects! Usually, that kind of thing works the other way around.

    Yeah, like many of you guys here, the killing of animals in movies really makes me lose my stuff. I immediately stopped watching “Drag Me to Hell” after that evil bitch murdered that kitten . . . with very little urging.

  • Johnthegamer

    October 25, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    The scene where the eyeball appears on that kids hand is what I do remember about this movie, it freaked me out when I saw this when I was about 8 or 9, I was always scared that one day I would look down at my hand and there would be an eyeball on it.

  • likalaruku

    October 25, 2012 at 10:21 pm

    I’ve actually seen this one on two or three times.

  • fire_bat777

    October 25, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    I don’t usually notice any mistakes in James’s videos, but it is actually Terry’s dead mom that Terry hugs and Terry’s mom turns into Glen’s dead dog. First mistake I’ve ever noticed in a Cinemassacre video.

  • dudebuchanan

    October 25, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    I just watched this movie again online and i love it.I can’t believe how well the little demon fx hold up.Somebody mentiond Bad Taste and Meet The Feebles.My favorite movie ever is Dead Alive,or Braindead for all your overseas fans.PLEASE keep this movie in mind when you get to the 90’s,and if anybody is reading this and has not seen it.DROP EVERYTHING and watch this movie.Trust me.

  • Crabs4Sale

    October 25, 2012 at 11:21 pm

    Wow, some really cool effects! That melting phone was very cool to me for some reason.

  • ZomboCombo

    October 25, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    Add me to the list of kids who were deeply disturbed by the eyeball-in-the-hand scene. Talk about your hand-eye coordination.

  • Rambling Man

    October 26, 2012 at 12:21 am


  • Cimmerian_Dragon

    October 26, 2012 at 12:45 am

    I loved this movie as a kid. When all my buddies were obsessed with “The Goonies”, I was too busy watching “The Gate” to care.

  • October 26, 2012 at 2:21 am

    I absolutely loved this movie when I was a kid. It felt so edgy for me to be watching it at the time. Behind Monster Squad, this was my favorite horror movie. I guess I could relate so well back then because the heroes were all kids too.

  • lostinthe50s81

    October 26, 2012 at 3:34 am

    i love the gate. i think it was the first horror flick i ever saw, so it holds a very special place in my heart and actually is still kinda scary. i really hope james does pulse from 1988 in here somewhere too. that movie needs more attention ๐Ÿ™‚

  • NoLifeKing66

    October 26, 2012 at 12:21 pm

    This movie scared the shit out of me when I was a kid. I loved it. So much so that I bought it on DVD a few years back. Paid a pretty price for it, too. Just before it was re-released for no real reason. Assholes.

    Loving this year’s Monster Madness, James! Sad that it can’t be every day like it usually is, but I understand why. Keep up all the good work!

  • Valis77

    October 26, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    thats a good use of a barbie doll

  • This2x4Skeleton

    October 26, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    This movie looks badass

  • LordVader123

    October 26, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    A funny tidbit. Business is spelled wrong on the fridge about 24 minutes in, its spelled bussiness. 10 points off for that.

  • PhantomExdeath

    October 26, 2012 at 9:57 pm

    Man I remember this movie. Also remember the shitty sequel that was about the glasses kid in his teens. He opens the gate by sacrificing his Hamster. Yeah if you thought a dead dog was bad, you won’ wanna see a hamster getting stabbed.

  • Psychic_Yardstick

    October 26, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    I saw part of this movie YEARS ago. Just the part where he gets an eye in his hand. It freaked me out so I changed the channel. I wondered for so long what that movie was.

  • AxBunny

    October 26, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    If I’m not mistaken that’s Stephen Dorff playing as Glen. I’ve watched this review 3 times already just to see the clip of the demon being stomped and spazzing out. Every time I see it I almost laugh to the point of tears. I like this movie a lot growing up, and I always thought the demons were cute!

  • Elvenking

    October 27, 2012 at 1:20 am

    I remember seeing this in the theatre when I was about 15, fun flick! I loved that the kids were into heavy metal too….lol…the Killer Drawfs jacket…sweet. Great review James!


  • FearTheLiving

    October 27, 2012 at 2:06 am

    I love this movie.

  • LeyLey

    October 27, 2012 at 6:05 am

    Ah yes.
    The movie that felt like a never ending nightmare.

    Imagine the product placement deal that might have went on to get Mattel to let the film makers use a Barbie for the purpose of stabbing a kid in the eyeball…

  • lotusclown

    October 27, 2012 at 10:43 am

    saw this movie as a kid, it scared the living shit out of me..

  • October 28, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    I have a buddy that does lets plays of Retro Games and some current ones you might find it interesting check it out if you want here his channel,

  • Max_Groadie

    October 28, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    Great job thus far on 80’s a thon. The Gate is such a sweet flick. So I was pumped to meet Louis Tripp in the early nineties cause he lives in St.Catharines Canada. Someone should oughta resurrect that hoser’s career.

  • Max_Groadie

    October 28, 2012 at 7:04 pm

    and gate two needs a foot note mention. some funny crap going on in that one.

  • Iron65

    October 28, 2012 at 8:37 pm

    This freaked me out as hell as a child… It’s the perfect combination of horror and coolness… you must be proud of watching all these terrifyning movies made by kids james, that was a cool childhood.. Not this stupid comic halloween we see nowadays in disney or nickelodeon

  • Maggie1983

    October 28, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    I mainly remember the sequel to this, The Gate 2. I don’t know why I’ve never seen the first one. Maybe my video store as a kid didn’t carry it. But in the second one, there’s this idea that if you capture the demons, they have to grant you wishes or something like that. But if they escape, the wishes turn to sh*t, literally. When these two teens who had a demon trapped in their trunk were in a restaurant, the money they pay literally turns to mushy sh*t in their hands when they pull it out of their pocket and put it in the waiter’s hand. lol I think that one was (as most sequels seem to be) more comical than the first.

  • October 31, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    I saw this (and some of the ones you reviewed earlier this month) on Netflix, but I was unsure as to whether or not it was worth watching. I may have to check it out now. Thanks, James.

    Speaking of Netflix, I watched The Stuff. It was stupid, but fun at the same time.

  • DaddyOGITH

    November 2, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    go to to Download The Gate 1 & 2 ๐Ÿ™‚

  • keiffer01

    November 4, 2012 at 8:55 pm

    Sweet! I don’t know if he even read my comment, but seems he followed the comment I wrote back in The Galaxy of Terror review and decided to review this film! Great review! ๐Ÿ˜€

  • D3MoNR3N0

    November 5, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    I loved this movie esp as a kid!

  • BrokenCat

    November 28, 2012 at 3:49 am

    Wow….i had completely forgotten about this movie till i seen it here. It def enjoyed this movie as a kid, that and monster squad ๐Ÿ˜€

  • BrokenCat

    November 28, 2012 at 3:53 am

    Also silver bullet ๐Ÿ™‚

  • phoenix252005

    November 29, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    omg I remember watching that movie and thinking,holy shit this is evil scary!!! Funny thing too the kid is Stephan Dorff. He played Frost in Blade,awesome actor ๐Ÿ™‚

  • edhc44

    February 11, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Awesome James, I remember seeing this movie as a kid and every once in a while I’d remember the scene with the kid with an eyeball in his hand, but I never bothered to look for it. Now that I know the name I’m definitely watching it again. If only someone could tell me the name of the movie where a bunch of teenagers run into a freak show…

  • penpan

    May 23, 2013 at 10:53 am

    I saw this as a teenager on cable in the 90’s and boy did I love it!! Just the barrage of obstacles the kids have to put up with at the end as all hell barrels their way!

  • Max Handlen

    August 10, 2013 at 11:45 pm

    Those stop motion effects look outstanding.

  • Strider Tien

    October 14, 2013 at 5:32 am

    Along with “They”, “Aliens” and “The Exorcist”, this is one of my favorite scary movies of all time.

  • TheMaLuther

    January 3, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    F..k you F..k you.You little demons go back to hell or I’ll call Doomguy on your a$$e$.

  • Henry Vargas

    September 27, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    The Gate is 80’s gold!

  • The Incredible Melting Man

    October 7, 2015 at 1:32 am

    Thanks James I was thinking Iwas the only one that have watched this Movie,never knew the name and men this scare the hell out of me when I was a kid, now that I know the name I can watch it with my friends ๐Ÿ™‚

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