I haven't seen the first GATE film in many years, and the second one not at all, but that's going to be remedied this Saturday at the Alamo Drafthouse West Oaks Graveyard Shift, our monthly horror screening! It's the first film's 25th anniversary this year. See Stephen Dorff pre-BLADE, pre-IMMORTALS, as Glen, a young kid who opens up a portal to the Dark Realm, and he and his friend Terry (Louis Tripp) try to keep the forces of evil at bay. And then stay for THE GATE II as Terry, now a sullen teenager who decides to use the portal to gain power. Both films are directed by Tibor Takács, and you can read my friend Robert Saucedo's interview with him at Badass Digest. It's a good interview about the making of one of the most underrated horror movies of the 1980s. It's interesting that THE GATE was released as a family film, and yet it manages to plumb the depths of Lovecraftian horror better than most other horror films out there. We're screening both films in glorious 35mm prints - I don't know much about the condition of the second print, but I'm told that THE GATE looks amazing and well worth the price.
In between, we're going to have a performance by Church Ov Melkarth, Houston's premier black metal band, and we might even summon a demon! If successful, we might not even see THE GATE II: TRESPASSERS after all, as we will have finally ended the world once and for all. I always knew - or hoped, anyway - that if the world were to end, it would start at an Alamo Drafthouse. Tickets are only $10 - click here to buy - plus you will be able to purchase Rotten Cotton's awesome T-shirt for the film:
And I'm giving away 2 pairs of tickets! Just email the names of you and your guest to email@example.com with the heading TAKE ME TO HELL, ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE! In the email tell me of your best scary experience as a child, whether it's exploring a supposed haunted house, playing a Led Zeppelin record backwards, or going to a graveyard on Halloween night! The two best stories get free tickets to the show. Please try to keep them under 500 words. I can't wait myself - like I said, it's been years since I've seen the first film and I remember loving it quite a bit, and I'm extremely curious to see the second one. Hope to see you all there!