• Beyond the Gates (2016)

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Beyond the Gates

Release Date: December 9th, 2016

DVD Release Date: May 2nd, 2017

Not Yet Rated |1 hr 24 min

Plot Summary

In the wake of their father's mysterious disappearance, two estranged brothers -- responsible Gordon and reckless John -- reunite to sift through the contents of his stubbornly anachronistic VHS rental store. Among the inventory, they discover an interactive VCR board game, which their father viewed just before he vanished. Intrigued, the boys pop in the tape, press play, and soon discover that, far from an ordinary game, the video is a portal to a nightmarish alternate reality.

Cast: Graham Skipper, Chase Williamson, Barbara Crampton, Brea Grant, Sara Malakul Lane, Henry LeBlanc, Matt Mercer, Jesse Merlin

Director: Jackson Stewart

Genres: Horror, Thriller

Production Co: IFC Films, Easy Open Productions

Keywords: Survival, Office, Intense, House, Brooding, Car, Pursuit, 2010s, Friend, Underdog, Police officer, Transformation

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Ratings & Reviews

  • 60
    Justin LoweThe Hollywood Reporter

    Supernatural shenanigans and amateur sleuthing add up to mild-mannered entertainment in Jackson Stewart’s affectionately quirky directorial debut. show more

  • 70
    Matt DonatoWe Got This Covered

    Beyond The Games plays to the nostalgia crowd instead of adopting 21st century scares, but still finds a way to explore untapped VHS potential. show more

  • 60
    Noel MurrayLos Angeles Times

    Beyond the Gates is more imaginative than frightening, and Stewart and co-writer Stephen Scarlata take too long to get to the good parts, killing time with long dialogue scenes where the characters pause interminably between lines. show more

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