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 Beyond The Gates that holds a connection to their father’s disappearance and deadly consequences for anyone who plays it.
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An entertaining horror/mystery B-flick with a fun vintage sensibility. The acting is pretty solid and the production design while limited works fine. It might not break any new ground in any way but it has a fun and eerie tone that I enjoyed.
The best aspect of Beyond the Gates is not the entertainment elements-- as the film isn't that entertaining, sadly-- but rather, the relationship between the 3 characters, mainly the brothers. It's not creative or exhilarating in its action/horror set pieces, atmosphere, or scares, and it takes too long to get to its point, and then, doesn't know what it wants to be: purely fun or an analysis of accepting loss.