Alex Winter is Remaking Stephen Dorff's The Gate?!
by Alex Billington
February 12, 2009
What the hell is this? Pun definitely intended. According to the Twitter for the very unreliable Production Weekly (via SlashFilm), the 1987 creature feature The Gate is being remade. Great, another remake we can forget about, right? Well, according to PW, Alex Winter is directing this in 3D - the very same Alex Winter that starred as Bill S. Preston, Esq. in Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure. Now you might start to understand why I'm wondering what this is? Believe it or not, Winters has actually directed a few things before this, including a thriller called Fever from 1999 and a few of the Ben 10 movies on the Cartoon Network.
The Gate, directed by Hungarian filmmaker Tibor Takács and starring Stephen Dorff, is about three kids who accidentally release a horde of nasty, pint-sized demons from a hole in their backyard. I guess you could say it's kind of a cult classic now, but apparently it was pretty scary when it came out in 1987. Honestly, this sounds like the right kind of movie for a remake, but I'm just not sure about this Winters guy. Sure, he kicked some ass as Bill, but can he really direct? And are we sure this isn't some sort of straight-to-DVD or made-for-TV kind of kids movie? I hope it's not, but at this point, we don't know much.
Reader Feedback - 11 Comments
If you've seen Alex Winter's "Freaked" I think you'll see that he's an able director no matter how much that film sucked ass. He's completely capable and I think this is a story that plays to his strengths as a director.
Fuelbot on Feb 12, 2009
This site has no clue, maybe you should try watching some movies for a while, get offline and do some film homework. have you even seen the gate? or fever ? or freaked like fuelbot mentioned. spend some time fact checking and getting your statements straight.
jose on Feb 12, 2009
I do not like most remakes, but this one sounds like a good idea for some reason
Scott McHenry on Feb 12, 2009
I LOVED this movie as a kid. This could be very very interesting.
Johnny Neat on Feb 12, 2009
The Gate was horrible. Yeah it was 1987, but it really sucked.
Tim "Cloverfield" on Feb 12, 2009
Fisherr on Feb 12, 2009
The Gate was awesome. It was SO BAD it was good. At every horror movie gathering my sister and I did as kids we had this movie. This excites me.
Due on Maple Street on Feb 12, 2009
Geez you do need to do research. Hes directed two Ben 10 movies. One isn't even done yet. So that would make it a couple Ben 10 movies not a few.
jesse on Feb 12, 2009
Forget all else. Alex Winters showed all he needed to show in the extreme low budget amazing short ENTERING TEXAS staring the BUTTHOLE SURFERS. Watch it on youtube this is truly what one calls thinking outside the box as directors should be able to do in early work. Regardless Billington I'm with the others your ignorance shows to often during your reviews of the slight past, kiddo. He is very capable but even if he wasnt who gives a shit it's another remake of a damn campy eighties flick. Sit back and have fun with it thats what I say. sure the claymation monsters wont be there. Oh and to the referance "Believe it or not, Winters has actually directed a few things before this" this is a flim site right Alex. Damn man I know you were only an infant when Bill and Ted came out but it seems like you are always the last to know when it comes to movies, directors or actors that didnt make a hit film in the past ten years...Research my man. take a couple days and rent some films. Shit practically everything can be downloaded nowadays. Catch up my friend because Ive enjoyed this site for quite a while but the more it's growing the more amaturish it's starting to seem when it comes to articles. Take it with a grain but I hope it strikes a chord for the better my man....
Frank on Feb 12, 2009
Alex Winter is awesome, I thought Freaked was hilarious and in interviews he seems really down-to-Earth and creative. It's kind of a shame he hasn't had a lot of time in the spotlight, but hopefully this remake will help secure his cult-hero status.
Paul on Feb 12, 2009
#4 sorry, but new life can't be pulsed into old genres no matter how much we may have liked these films back in the day. That day is gone. wHY DON'T THESE WORK..EASY. tHEY WERE A SIGN OF THE TIMES. Who gives a shit about a masked killer when all the films of the past ten years portray even weak looking charectors kicking ass and taking names. Face it it is so overly done that any films about home invasion or psycho killers just leave todays audience claiming why the hell doesnt that kid just kick that masked dudes ass. Oh no a machete my grandma could take this guy. fair or acurate not always but for the movie going public pretty much. Practically every one I sit around in these type of films can be heard whispering some vesion of why is she letting them beat her up she should do a roundhouse kick and drop that fool thats what I would do. Face it the fear of a lone attacker or suprise evil realm is wasted on the mass desensitized of today. That and noone can get lost or cut off really anymore. The reality idea of these films are gone. I'm lost in the woods thank god everyone carries a phone nowadays let me text for some help. or hey onstar. pow crisis averted. poor Jason, Kruger, Leatherface...Gate you name it they just don't have a chance anymore.
Frank on Feb 12, 2009
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