The film is especially good in the area of effects. Some of the effects of bodies collapsing to dissolve into goblins or the workman zombie disappearing into the wall that then closes to reveal no trace whatsoever are well done. However, despite their inventiveness, the effects are only pop-up tricks and The Gate not much more than an Empire/Full Moon film with a larger budget. The film, by the time its scant running time is over, seems frustratingly slight.
The sequel to this, Gate II (1990), is actually a superior film. A potential remake has been mentioned for the 2010s.
Director Tibor Takacs has also made a number of other genre films including the very obscure Metal Messiah (1978) about a futuristic rock star; the excellent I, Madman/Hardcover (1989) about a killer the emerges from a book; Redline/Deathline (1997) set in a near-future Russia; the bizarre Nostradamus (2000) about a time-travelling occult war and the attempt to reincarnate the title character; the Christmas films Once Upon a Christmas (2000) and Twice Upon a Christmas (2001) about Santas daughter; Rats (2003) about an asylum of intelligent rats; and the monster movies Mansquito (2005), Kraken: Tentacles of the Deep (2006), Ice Spiders (2007), Mega Snake (2007) and Spiders (2013); The Black Hole (2006), a monster movie about the titular stellar mass loose in St Louis; and the disaster film Meteor Storm (2010).
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