Greetings, and welcome back to Horror Business. We have one awesome episode in store for you guys because we’re talking 1987’s The Gate and it’s 1990 sequel The Gate II, and as a bonus we’re joined by fellow Cinepunk Justin Harlan to talk about the upcoming Skate Or Die Film Festival!!!
We start by talking about some of the stuff involving horror recently. Harlan talks about attending the recent Philadelphia Unnamed Film Fest and seeing the film Cockazoid as well as watching the Shudder series 101 Scariest Horror Movie Moments. Justin talks about seeing Suspiria at the Mahoning Valley Drive In, as well as the Netflix series Dahmer.
We start with The Gate. We discuss the film’s legacy in shaping millennial taste in horror. We each discuss our memories/introduction to the film.
We talk about how the film holds up after 35 years and is especially adept at utilizing childhood fears as a source of horror.
Liam talks about how much of the early anxiety in the film springs from childhood fears of inadequacy and alienation. Harlan talks about love of the film doesn’t rest entirely on nostalgia but is still actually scary, and Liam talks about how as a parent the film is almost doubly upsetting because it raises the question of what your kids might be doing when you’re not home.
Liam also talks about how the film harkens back to a different time when it comes to how kids were treated. We talk about the tradition in horror films of “whatever happens, we can’t tell our parents and there’s nothing we ourselves can’t solve.”
Justin talks about how the film is a perfect gateway into the horror genre, and how the films depiction of satantic heavy metal is in retrospect almost laughable.
Up next is The Gate II. We talk about the film’s drastic difference in quality from the first one. We discuss how the films practical effects hold up and make the film stronger.
We talk about how the film goes further into making a distinction between satanism as a Judeo-Christian idea vs. the occult as a Lovecraftian concept that does away with Christian concepts. The ending of the film and how ridiculous it is discussed. The stylistic differences in the film are discussed.
We talk about how the film is much less focused than the original, and how it feels as if it has almost too much going on at times.
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