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Houston! The World Could Possibly End This Weekend At THE GATE/THE GATE II Alamo Drafthouse Graveyard Shift Screening! Plus Ticket Giveaway!

Nordling here.

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 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!

Nordling, out.  Follow me on Twitter!

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  • Feb. 13, 2012, 7:15 p.m. CST

    That T-shirt??

    by john

    Wasnt that the same monster chasing John Trent out of Sutter Caine's hellish psyche?

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 7:16 p.m. CST

    There's a Gate II ?!!

    by Last Laugh

    Why hasn't anyone mentioned it before? I should have seen that years ago!

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 7:17 p.m. CST


    by LoLWut

    Wow I really love that film. I never saw the second since I always heard bad shit about it but man that first movie is SOOO fucking great that if you haven't seen it go seek it out NOW.

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 7:33 p.m. CST

    The Gate is a minor 80's horror classic

    by Beezbo

    I can't believe I never knew there was a Gate 2! The sequel doesn't seem to have too many fans, though.

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 7:42 p.m. CST

    RE: last laugh

    by Dranem

    Holy shit! I'm in the same boat. The Gate was one of my favorite movies growing up and I had no idea there was a part II!

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 8:02 p.m. CST

    Gate II

    by Kraken

    Is pretty horrible. Don't get your hopes up. I remember being pretty excited to see it, but it's very much a sequel to the Gate the same way Pumpkinhead 2-4 are sequels to Pumpkinhead. The first Gate is amazing! Also, that t-shirt blows my mind. It almost makes me want to visit my in-laws in Houston just to see The Gate on the big screen again and grab that tee. Very jealous of this screening.

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 8:10 p.m. CST

    I'll keep my hopes low

    by Nordling

    but the whole event will be so much fun that I don't think it'll make much difference.

  • I saw THE GATE in theaters when it first came out and really liked it. And about a year ago, I picked up the new DVD Lionsgate released. So, one afternoon, when the wife was away, I put it on for me and the boys (ages 4 and 7). The kids were really into it, but I had forgotten how intense the movie gets. By the third act, both my sons were pressed against me as , one on the right and one on the left and I could feel both their heartbeats POUNDING away. It was exhilarating. I think about that afternoon quite a lot. Since then, it's become a bit of a household favorite. And I joke around that Tibor Takács is my son's favorite director because he also likes ICE SPIDERS, MEGA SNAKE, and KRAKEN: TENTACLES OF THE DEEP. Strangely, we've never seen THE GATE II. But, I've always wanted to. Needless to say, I'm pretty jealous of those fortunate enough to attend this event.

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 8:14 p.m. CST

    No Love for THE NINTH GATE?

    by Get_Me_An_18-Man_Fire_Team_In_12_Hours

    Old ladies on fire? Any takers? Bueller?

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 8:21 p.m. CST

    THE GATE 2

    by Robert Saucedo

    Oh, THE GATE 2 is a pretty ridiculous movie but I think it's aged just enough to the point where the audience will enjoy it on Saturday night — even if that enjoyment is mostly from laughter. At the very least, nobody will be bored.

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 8:23 p.m. CST

    Louis Tripp also did a movie called...

    by KazamaSmokers

    "Momma's Gonna Buy You a Hummingbird", a great, great under-rated movie with an amazing heart.

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 8:25 p.m. CST

    Not "Hummingbird"...

    by KazamaSmokers

    'MOCKINGbird'. Damned autocorrect...

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 8:39 p.m. CST

    The Gate was a movie. Gate II was an acting gig.

    by tangcameo

    Gate II plays once in a while on Canadian cable tv. It's like The Gate made enough of an impact at the box office that someone fronted enough money to make a Gate II, just enough money to keep the cast and crew interested, but not enough money for a good script or a good cast. Like Lawnmower Man 2 or [provide your own lacklustre cash-in sequel here].

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 8:44 p.m. CST

    Wasn't he in another CBC movie where...

    by tangcameo

    ...he plays some guy hanging out at a friend's house and the friend decides to kill his parents and they both end up in jail for life. And somewhere in the movie 'Dust In The Wind' gets played.

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 8:55 p.m. CST

    RE: Starblitzer

    by Last Laugh

    I thought Ninth Gate was pretty cool. It wasn't a standard horror movie, it was kinda weird at times but in a good way.

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 9 p.m. CST

    Jennifer Irwin from EASTBOUND AND DOWN

    by Kerry Harris

    Who plays the uptight sister-in-law of Danny McBride is actually one of the main characters in The Gate. I think it's one of her first roles.

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 9:26 p.m. CST

    fuck The Gate!

    by sith_rising

    that construction worker in the wall, the bloody photo of the family in the stairwell, the crazy friend getting stabbed in the eye with a Barbie doll, the melting "You've been bad!" phone, man that movie scared the shit out of me in the 80's!

  • Feb. 13, 2012, 10:30 p.m. CST

    The Gate isn't a "minor" classic, it's a FULL BLOWN CLASSIC

    by sonnyfern

    It doesn't get much better than The Gate and those f/x are still AMAZING. Part II isn't THAT bad, it can't compete to the first one, but it's got it's moments for sure.

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 10:20 a.m. CST

    I'd love to see The Gate again.

    by Mr Nicholas

  • Feb. 14, 2012, 10:29 a.m. CST

    loved 1st film did not know there was a 2nd

    by danny rose