The Gate is a 1987 Cabadian horror movie directed by Tibor Takács and starring Stephen Dorff.Three children are left home alone for the weekend. Through a set of contrived circumstances, they open a gate to hell in the backyard.
This movie provides examples of:
- Demonic Possession: Happens to the protagonists best friend partway through the movie.
- Dragged Off to Hell: The protagonist's sister and friend. He has to rescue them.
- Dream Intro: The film opens with the main character walking into an eerie empty house, then climbing a tree which gets struck by lightning and falls down... And then he wakes up to the sound of the trees being cleared in the next lot.
- Eyes Do Not Belong There: The demons cause an eye to grown in the protagonist's hand at one point.
- Hell Gate: The centerpiece of the plot.
- Jerk Ass: All of the sisters friends are this to the younger boys.
- The Legions of Hell: Are mostly tiny devil things. At first...
- Not Now, Kiddo: Not too painfully played, but the older sister doesn't believe them at first.
- Our Demons Are Different: Mostly small, hunchbacked gray imps with one huge, four armed sloth thing leading them. They also have more Lovecraftian themes surrounding them than Satanic ones.
- Separated From The Adults: The whole movie takes place while the parents are on vacation.
- Shapeshifter Guilt Trip: The demons appear as the parents seconds after they first arrive. They break their diguise before they even speak, but all they ever say is "YOU'VE BEEN BAAAAAD!".
- Subliminal Seduction: Inverted. The record is openly occult and is actually part of the coincidence that summons the demons. Playing it backwards provides the spell to banish them.