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THE GATE

Director Tibor Takács
Year 1987
Starring Stephen Dorff, Kelly Rowan, Louis Tripp
Rating PG-13
Run Time 85min
More Info IMDb

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There are plenty of great ways to traumatize children. You can tell them their mother’s been in a fatal car accident, or reveal that ketchup is actually dog blood. Or -- like my parents did in the summer after my sixth grade year -- you can simply take them to see THE GATE. This demon-encrusted cinematic deathcoaster was somehow marketed to pre-teen audiences despite the fact that it’s undeniably the most mentally abusive PG-13 film to ever hit the screen. Two 12-year-old outcasts find the actual doorway to Hell in their own backyard, inadvertently releasing an unstoppable tempest of supernatural violation. Drywalled corpses, stop-motion beastopoids and adolescent self-mutilations culminate in a feature that shouldn’t be viewed by any child under the age of 40. If your child’s bed is too dry, bring ‘em along to this show and it oughtta just do the trick. (Zack Carlson)

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