Directed by Jackson Stewart, Beyond the Gates is a retro-cool blast from the day-glo 1980s past, which takeshounds back to a time when VHS ruled, stores were meccas for genre fans, and shocks came with a healthy dose of schlock.
In the wake of their father’s mysterious disappearance, two estranged brothers—responsible Gordon (Graham Skipper of ALMOST HUMAN) and reckless John (Chase Williamson of JOHN DIES AT THE END)—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 overseen by a sinister hostess (cult horror icon Barbara Crampton) and that in order to save their father’s soul, they must play by her rules.
The film stars Graham Skipper, Chase Williamson, Brea Grant, Matt Mercer, Jesse Merlin, Justin Welborn, Sara Malakul Lane, Henry LeBlanc, and Barbara Crampton.
IFC Midnight will release Beyond the Gates in select theaters and on VOD starting on December 9th. Mark that in your calendar retro boys and girls!