The Black Gate Release Date: Genre: Director(s): William Mesa (DNA, Galaxis) Writer(s): John G. Jones & Victoria Parker Staring: Jeff Rector, George Saunders and Rebecca Kyler Downs The year is 2005. Distributor Lions Gate has recently found an enormous amount of success releasing low budget horror movies to the video market thanks to their previous […]

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The Black Gate
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Director(s): William Mesa (DNA, Galaxis)
Writer(s): John G. Jones & Victoria Parker
Staring: Jeff Rector, George Saunders and Rebecca Kyler Downs

The year is 2005. Distributor Lions Gate has recently found an enormous amount of success releasing low budget horror movies to the video market thanks to their previous acquisition of Artisan. Only problem is that with the horror market so hot, they’re faced with a dilemma; there’s a lack of fresh films to be released.

What is your solution?

a) Do your best to split your release schedule between horror films and those of other genres, such as action, comedy, urban, etc.

b) Releasing older horror movies that Lions Gate owns the rights to onto DVD.

c) Find a terrible, unreleased haunted house movie made ten years prior, slap a new title on it, and hire someone to create some fancy box art.

If you picked C, congratulations, as you are ready to be a DTV executive.

The Black Gate, filmed under the title The Darkening, did not make a single blip on the radar for ten years. I have no idea what happened with the movie, but unlike a fine wine, The Black Gate did not age gracefully.

It’s not like it would’ve been looked upon too highly in 1995 either. It’s below average haunted house crap inspired by the success of the direct-to-video Amityville Horror movies of the early 90s. It’s pitiful and boring, as you’re just hoping and praying for the end to come as each minute passes. Even the plot is standard, as a psychic investigator is brought into a woman’s inn to investigate the ghosts that lurk. From there, boredom is had by all.

Flash Film Works was brought in to clean up the film and modernize the effects. While their efforts are amicable, nothing will hide the movie itself being an absolute mess. It’s quite possibly the most boring movie I’ve seen in the past year.

DVD: Barebones.

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