The Gates (2016/Umbrella Import PAL DVD)
B Sound: B Extras: B Film: C-
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.
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
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.
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
decent film that could have been better, Beyond the Gates is a
one-timer for me.
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