Beyond the Gates sounds like a kick-ass death metal band — probably from Sweden — but it’s actuality a 2016 horror movie about VHS cassettes, board games, and standing around. Lots and lots of standing around. This one was difficult to sit through. We’re pretty sure you’ll hear that on the recording, though.
The movie is ostensibly about two brothers reconciling to split up their dad’s stuff in the wake of his (?) death (?). Included in this is the dismantling of the old man’s nostalgia-ridden video store. In this throwback to a be-kind-rewind era of American society, the two brothers — Gordon and John — find a VHS board game (a la Nightmare) and decide What the hell? We don’t need to get rid of this shit anytime soon, even though it’s the whole reason we reconciled.
Perhaps the best part of Beyond the Gates is the opening sequence. Jackson Stewart very clearly possesses a love for the 80s, analog culture, and duty old video stores — as do we all on the podcast — but that love quickly subsides and is replaced by a stilted film full of melodrama and confused narrative devices. Most of the film takes place in a house, when it obviously should be set somewhere in the video store. As the movie progresses, Beyond the Gates feels less like a horror film than it does a domestic drama with a few heaping helpings of gore.
Still, if you listen to this episode, you get to hear us flail at our own version of the script for this movie and put our own goofy spin on what a HorrorBull-directed Beyond the Gates would be.
Beyond the Gates Details
Director: Jackson Stewart
Writer(s): Stephen Scarlata, Jackson Stewart
Stars: Graham Skipper, Chase Williamson, Brea Grant, Barbara Crampton
Synopsis: Two estranged brothers reunite at their missing father’s video store to liquidate the property and sell off his assets. As they dig through the store, they find a VCR board game dubbed ‘Beyond The Gates’ that holds a connection to their father’s disappearance and deadly consequences for anyone who plays it.