Trailer and Poster for ’80s Horror Throwback ‘Beyond the Gates’
IFC Midnight has released the official trailer and poster for the upcoming indie horror thriller Beyond the Gates, starring Graham Skipper, Chase Williamson, Brea Grant, and real life genre icon Barbara Crampton.
Directed by Jackson Stewart, this throwback to 80s horror reveals a nostalgic look back at VHS technology and follows the estranged siblings as they unearth an old VCR board game while digging through the contents of their father’s video rental store.
Beyond the Gates will be released on December 9th on VOD, select theaters and via digital platforms. Check out the film’s new trailer and poster below.
VHS board games are ubiquitous in thrift stores, which adds to the horror-is-only-50-cents-away quality I guess Ouija was trying for.
A retro-cool blast from the day-glo 1980s past, Beyond the Gates zaps viewers back to a time when VHS ruled, video stores were meccas for horror 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 (Crampton) and that in order to save their father’s soul, they must play by her rules. Bursting with eye-popping practical effects, an unsettling synth score, and wicked black humor, Beyond the Gates puts a fresh spin on old-school terror.