Beyond the Gates full movie review - Nice touches in an essentially fanboy horror project
It has the vibes of Hellraiser and some of Fulci's "Gates of Hell" trilogy, mixed with some obvious similarities to Jumanji (though purely owing to the subject matter) but with some nice comic touches, which allows the movie to get away with a few of its budgetary constraints.
Our central characters, Gordon, John and Margot, play a retro VHS board game and unlock a gateway to some dark netherworld, in an attempt to discover what happened to Gordon's missing father. Needless to say opening such portals can only lead to trouble!
Fortunately for us, trouble of the gruesome kind.
The film is very much an homage and tribute to many things from a previous generation of entertainment, such as the board game, the VHS rental store and some cool gore effects which nod to the era of the video nasty. This is its strongest element because the story and setting is a tad threadbare, without feeling amateurish.
Fans of the genre and such from-the-heart productions are bound to enjoy what this film has to offer as it nicely passes forward to the viewer whatever infectious sense of fun and creativity that led its creators to make the film in the first place.
It's not going to change the world of horror as we know it but I can bet it will inspire other startup movie-makers to make that movie they have in them.