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 dubbed ‘Beyond The Gates’ that holds a connection to their father’s disappearance and deadly consequences for anyone who plays it.
I’m not posting this trailer for Beyond the Gates because I think it will be a good movie – the production quality of the title card alone is enough to tell me it won’t be. But how could I resist posting about a movie that’s a cross between Jumanji, The Ring and that old VHS horror board game Nightmare? Nightmare was a huge part of my childhood, and one of my formative forays into the horror genre. Just scary enough to give a 10-year-old me bad dreams for a week, but not so scary as to traumatize me. If you’ve never played Nightmare, I highly recommend it. The whole video portion is on Youtube, so you don’t even need a VCR anymore. As for Beyond the Gates, I fully intend to watch it, since it’s so clearly a love letter to the VHS format, but the forecast isn’t good.
Beyond the Gates comes out December 2016.