Blu-ray Review: GATE II

GATE II (aka The Gate II: Trespassers) was directed by Tibor Takács from a screenplay by Michael Nankin and stars Louis Tripp who reprises his role as Terrence “Terry” Chandler. The film also stars Pamela Adlon, Simon Reynolds, James Villemaire and James Kidnie.

Not all minions are cute and cuddly … This supercharged sequel to the horror classic The Gate comes alive with unearthly creatures, heart-stopping action and incredible special effects. Gate II picks up again with Terry, the teenage sorcerer who summons beings from the other side whose powers can be used to grant any wish. Unfortunately, before the Gate closes again, a “minion” – a tiny disciple of Satan himself – manages to slip through to our dimension. When the creature is kidnapped – all hell breaks loose.

When The Gate was first released back in 1987 it kind of fell in the category of other 80’s kids movies like Explorers, Goonies and E.T. that all appealed to younger audiences. The difference between The Gate and those other movies was the fact that it was a horror movie and a little darker than the others. So, in 1990 Gate II came along and continued the story with Terry (Louis Tripp) and a few new characters that join him. Terry is a little older now and has learned some new tricks in wizardry. What happens is, he performs a ritual that opens the gate again and this time he’s join by three other teens – Moe (Simon Reynolds) and John (James Villemaire) are mischievous no good punks and Liz (Pamela Adlon) sort of becomes a love interest for Terry as the movie plays out.

Terry opens the gate and things around him and his new friends slowly start to change. Bad luck turns to good fortune for all of them but it all comes with a price that ends up turning to shit – literally. You can’t make wishes using dark energy and they all find out the hard way. Oh yeah, there’s also one of those minions from the first movie that escapes and is running around getting into things. It all gets really bad for Terry and the gang so he has to come up with a plan to try and close the gate before it’s too late. Hell is close to being unleashed on Earth and even Terry and his friends get a taste of what being a demon feels like. In the end, it’s good that defeats evil and Terry ultimately saves the day and closes the gate forever.

The front of the packaging features the classic artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features some alternate artwork and movie details so you have your choice of which side you’d like to use as the front cover. The Blu-ray disc also features some artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. Scream Factory gave Gate II a brand new 2K upgrade for this release. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio for this release.

Bottom line is, I had a blast revisiting Gate II and it had been a really long time since I had watched this fun horror sequel that definitely reminds me of those fun video store days from my childhood. As much as I love the first movie, this followup stands on its own as a worthy sequel that takes a little more of a darker route. The story was interesting and the characters were fun to follow. Terry was the only main character to return for this sequel but honestly that’s all it needed because he gets a few new friends to go on this dark adventure with him. The creative team behind the first movie also returned for this sophomore outing and they all delivered an exciting horror movie. Tibor Takacs captured everything he needed to make a fun sequel that’s loaded with some impressive special effects. If you picked up Vestron’s Blu-ray release for The Gate last year be sure you grab this one because these two go together nicely. Gate II will be available on Blu-ray on February 27th and is worth checking out.

Distributor: Scream Factory

Run Time: 93 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: Good Stuff! Scream Factory was able to bring together the creative team behind the two awesome Gate movies for some all-new interviews. They’ve also included the original trailer, two vintage promos and a still gallery.

  • NEW 2K Scan Of The Interpositive
  • NEW Return To The Nightmare – A Look Back At Gate II – Featuring Interviews With Director Tibor Takacs, Screenwriter Michael Nankin And Special Visual Effects Creator Randall William Cook (27:21)
  • NEW From The Depths – An Interview With Make-up Effects Artist Craig Reardon (14:46)
  • Trailer (01:10)
  • Video Promo (01:41)
  • Video Store Contest Promo (02:10)
  • Still Gallery (04:37)

 

 

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