The Gate- July 8th

The Gate (1987)
English- Horror
Rated “PG-13”
Runtime- 85 min.
dir. Tibor Takács

I never really understood the idea of centering a horror movie around a child or prepubescent protagonist.  I have two main arguments against it.  My first is that many parents are protective of what their kids see, thus preventing many minors from seeing the movie that has a main character aimed at them.  The other reason being that anyone who can see this movie easily has almost no way of relating to the younger characters.                    Story/Writing: .5/2

Loses it’s place in confusing the audience when it isn’t busy stringing along the plot with terrible and thin dialogue.  It’s almost like it wants to be unwatchable.

Acting: .5/2

Not a whole lot better than the writing…

Photography/Set: 1/2

It looks like they just took somebody’s new-ish suburban house and dismantled it.  Probably the most interesting part was the scene in the backyard pit, which was too short anyway.

Sound/FX: 1.5/2

Pretty neat effects are definitely the main attraction here.  The claymation style used is most reminiscent of Dynamation technique, which I think is pretty cool.

Misc: 1/2

VERDICT: 4.5/10

It’s okay, but unless you’re looking for a case study in 1980’s special effects, you can probably pass.

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