The Gate II

Film, 1990

(Disclaimer: I was drunk when I watched this movie) The Gate II seems like fan fiction sequel to the original The Gate, written, directed and starring one of the members of the supporting cast of the original (Louis Tripp). It wasn’t, but I guess what I’m trying to express is that The Gate II seems more like a fun throwback at the original Gate than a serious continuation of the original’s plot and atmosphere. It takes every opportunity to glorify it’s only holdover from the original film, who has sacrificed all of his characterization as a troubled kid in favor of being a mystic hero. The special effects are still there (if not even better on the technical side), but the tone has switched from terror to comedy by prominently featuring a duo of bumbling young criminals. Still worth watching, but put your bar real low. 1.5

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