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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I can't - I am overwhelmed by the lack of any sort of substance in some modern horror. There is no story, needlessly slow and endlessly trite. It seems to hope to ride on the coattails of gore, and I even found those instances of excess to put into further contrast the lack of near everything else that makes a decent movie.
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.