The Gate (1987)
Director: Tibor Takacs
Main Stars: Stephen Doff, Christa Denton, Louis Tripp, Kelly Rowan, Jennifer Irwin
Storyline: Some crazy nerds find a geode under an old tree and open a gate to Hell.
Review (Spoils): A tree gets removed from a young boy backyard to the discovery of a geode. Glen (Stephen Doff) and his friend Terry (Louis Tripp) break it open and weird shit starts to happen. They believe that the hole that the geode is a gateway to Hell so they use heavy metal lyrics and some dead dog as a sacrifice to close the gate. But they are wrong they did the opposite!
We have moths, bad special effects of little creatures, some bible reading, demons, some Barbie doll stabbing, gun shots and lots of 80s cheese.
Rating: Don’t expect much from this film, it sits as a classic for the cheesy horror of the 80s and that’s where it should be. We have some bad metal (a thing of which people like to pretend was devil music in the 80s), some nerds, typical 80s teen party and a house being trashed by little and huge demons. Throw in some bad storylines of good vs evil and there you have it…. The Gate.
Candyman 2 (1995)
Director: Bill Condon
Main Stars: Tony Todd, Kelly Rowan, William O’Leary
Storyline: Candyman is back and this time he is haunting a young woman whose family was connected to the killer.
Review (Spoils): Candyman (Tony Todd) is back and moves from Chicago to New Orleans. During Mardi Gras Candyman starts to haunt a young school teacher named Annie Tarrant (Kelly Rowan) as she does not believe in him and her father was murdered in a Candyman way. She becomes trapped in his seductive voice, followings and of course murder and bees. We have gruesome hook killings and learn more about Candyman’s past and how he was wrong and that’s why he haunts everyone.
The story is not as original as the first entry, pretty much the same feel as Candyman wants sweet Kelly Rowan for himself. The film delivers the blood but the there just was not enough to hold it to the same alter as the first one. They could have just left the story as is with one film, but yet again Tony Todd as Candyman rocks.
Rating: Same deal as the first one really except we have more bees and learn more about Candyman’s past. Plus you get to see Kelly Rowan before her great fame on TV.