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Beyond The Gates (2016/Umbrella Import PAL DVD)

Picture: B Sound: B Extras: B Film: C-

PLEASE NOTE: This Import DVD is now only available from our friends at Umbrella Entertainment in Australia, can only play on Blu-ray players that can handle the PAL DVD format and can be ordered from the link below.

Beyond the Gates (2016) is an interesting horror film from filmmaker Jackson Stewart that is part Jumanji, part The Ring, and part Videodrome. The basic feel of the film starts out similar to '80s fare with retro-looking titles and a sync theme. Once it gets going through, the film ends up lacking in cinematic style and looks like many other indie films do. With some hit and hit gore effects, terrible digital effects, and lackluster acting, Beyond the Gates feels like a decent screenplay that wasn't adapted to the screen with the style necessarily to make it a cult hit.

The film stars Barbara Crampton, Brea Grant, Chase Williamson, and Graham Skipper. The plot focuses on two brothers that inherit their father's video store. While organizing his belonging, they stumble across a locked room where a board game called 'Beyond the Gates' is found. Packed along with a VHS that has a scary woman narrating it, they play the game and ultimately end up in an inter-dimensional world where the fate of their father's soul is in sway.

Presented in standard definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.35:1 and a lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 track, the film looks as good as it can for DVD and could definitely be improved upon in high definition. The film is also available for streaming and now only on DVD, so I'm sure a high def release is coming in the not too distance future. The flesh tones and overall look are pretty sterile, with a bland color palette throughout.

Special Features include....


Behind the Scenes


A decent film that could have been better, Beyond the Gates is a one-timer for me.

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- James Lockhart



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