A 666-Character Review of ‘Beyond the Gates’
Gordon and John take to clearing out their father’s old video store, assuming him dead after being missing for seven months. In the back office they discover an old, cheesy VHS horror board game, the titular Beyond the Gates (spectacularly narrated by Barbara Crampton). It’s quickly apparent the game is something more, and if the two play it to the end they stand to save their father. It’s fun and fast, clocking in at just over 80 minutes, and never takes itself too seriously. It should be said that the kills outpace the effects, but ultimately it works and adds to the peculiar charm of the film. All in all, it’s a recipe for a seriously enjoyable experience. The nostalgia at play here is very specific, so the mileage will vary, but overall Beyond the Gates should make for a fun night with friends.