Beyond the Gates is the directorial debut of Jackson Stewart, and the 80’s throwback indie horror is said to fuse elements of classics like Phantasm, The Beyond and Poltergeist into what sounds like a brilliant concept.
And if you’re really looking for some nostalgic horror, then the film also includes a board game and a video rental store, so it sounds perfect for horror fans looking for something to remind them of the good old days.
Stewart directs from a screenplay he wrote with Stephen Scarlata. Brea Grant (Halloween II), Chase Williamson (The Guest), and Graham Skipper (Almost Human) star. Matt Mercer (Contracted), Justin Welborn (FX’s “Justified”), Henry LeBlanc (“The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”), Jesse Merlin (FDR: American Badass), David Bruckner (co-director of V/H/S), and Pierson Ryan (Red Team Go) round out the cast.
Destroy All Entertainment’s Amanda Mortimer will produce alongside Barbara Crampton and Lodger Films partners Georg Kallert and Rob Schroeder. Gabriela Revilla Lugo will executive produce.
Two estranged brothers reunite seven months after their father’s disappearance to liquidate his anemic video store. While there, they unearth an old VCR board game that acts as an inter-dimensional hub to a nightmare world where their father’s soul is trapped and can only be saved by playing the game. The film is an adventure horror that pays loving tribute to the VHS format, video stores, and board games of the era.