Beyond the Gates

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:: Beyond the Gates :: 2016 :: 
:: Jackson Stewart ::

Acting: 5
Anxiety: 5
Atmosphere: 5
Movie Watched: 10
Appropriate Grossness: 6
Production: 5
Recommended: 6
Scares: 3
Story: 4
Unpredictable: 5

Total: 54

OK, so the numbers don’t really reflect it, but I actually liked this movie quite a bit. Maybe I need to add another character. Indomitable spirit? Fuzzy vibes? Likability? I don’t know. But I like this movie, and that it feels nostalgic in a good way, and that it feels like a passion project. But it falls flat in a LOT of ways. The acting is nothing to write home about, and the casting is frankly a little odd. The theme music was INCREDIBLE, and then the music throughout the movie is entirely forgettable. I loved that it was about those VHS board games. We still have some of them in our house - my spouse and I never play them, though, because we don’t have a VCR anymore, ha! This movie spends way too much time in the buildup, and then the final action scene feels like it’s a minute long. And then the movie’s over! I found myself thinking, but what’s the resolution? I don’t want to spoil anything, so I won’t, but I have one huge, niggling thought about the end of the movie that bugs me. I’m going to put it way down at the bottom of the page in case you DO want to read it. Anyway, not a bad movie!