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Trivia, fun facts and more for the 1987 Horror / Occult movie starring Stephen Dorff, Christa Denton, Louis Tripp et al.
The role of Glen was played by Stephen Dorff who went on to become a major Hollywood heartthrob. As well as appearing in many films since 'The Gate', he has even appeared in a Britney Spears music video in which he plays an abusive boyfriend.
Contributed by: phatpants
Canadian star Louis Tripp reprised his role as Terry Chandler for the sequel 'Gate 2: Return to the Nightmare' which sat on the shelf for three years before the popularity of the original film earned it a release in 1992. Tripp starred in several shows on Canadian television during the late 80's and early 90's and was credited as 'The Nerdy Kid' in the movie 'Detroit Rock City' Sadly, it appears that Tripp has faded into obscurity. Update: Patrick wrote in to say that he "worked with Louis Tripp in the early 2000's at a call center in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada. His legal name is now Twelve Twenty (L is the 12th letter of the alphabet, T is the 20th) I loved the Gate movies, but honestly would not recognize him at all. He's certainly now an imposing and decidedly non-nerdy looking guy, very quiet and very friendly and polite."
Christa Denton who portrayed Al (or 'Alexandra' as she so desperately wished to be called) has appeared in several made for TV movies and a few Hollywood films including: '8 Million ways to Die', 'Convicted: A Mother's Story' and 'Scandal in a Small Town' in which she starred opposite the legendary Raquel Welch. She has also appeared in the movie 'Ellen's Father' (1990) and the short lived TV series 'The Secret of Lost Creek' (1992)
Contributed by: Derrick
Stephen Dorff is also the vampire villan "Deacon Frost" in the movie "Blade".
Contributed by: Joseph Corsentino
Actually, The Gate 2 was in theaters. I know this 'cause I went to see it in a theater in NYC..
Contributed by: Phantomplanet
Actress Kelly Rowan was only 19 and fresh out of film school when she landed her role as 'Lori Lee' in 'The Gate' way back in 1987. Since then, she has had many acting gigs on television and in several large (and low) budget of which was the female lead in 'Candyman 2: Farewell to the Flesh.' Currently, she appears as Kirsten Cohen on the smash-hit series 'The O.C.'
Contributed by: Thor
Special effects supervisor Randall William Cook went on to help realize the Gollum character in Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings.
Contributed by: Phantomplanet
Sadly, actor Sean Fagan (who portrayed Eric) passed away in October 2006 of liver failure. He was 40 years old.
Contributed by: phatpants
Randall William Cook (the special effects supervisor who worked on The Gate, Gate II, Peter Jackson's King Kong and The Lord of the Rings Trilogy) will be directing a 3D remake of The Gate. No word yet on who will be writing the film or which studio will be releasing it. Stay tuned, Gate fans!
Contributed by: phatpants
For her role in 'The Gate', Christa Denton won the award for 'Best young actress in a horror motion picture' at the ninth annual Youth in Film Awards (1986-87). It was her second win (she had previously won in the exceptional performance by a young actress in a television special or mini-series category at the seventh annual YFA's in 1984-85 for the CBS Network's 'Not my Kid').
Contributed by: phatpants
H20 Motion Pictures (Gate producer Andras Hamori's company) have officially greenlit a third Gate film. The new installment will be produced under the title 'The Gate: 20 Years Later' and is slated for release sometime in 2010.
Contributed by: phatpants
Randall William Cook has left the new Gate sequel project. Here's the unfortunate news:

"Randy Cook was present for a recent Fright Night commentary session for Icons of Fright, which took place prior to the Fright Night reunion screening at the Nuart Theater and admitted to Icons staffer Tim Sullivan that The Gate sequel wasn't happening anymore. At least not with his involvement. Apparently, the "script was terrible" and the producers putting the project together wouldn't give Cook the opportunity to work on it further to get it more to his liking, so he walked."

Well, Gate fans... It looks like we'll just have to break out the original movie if we want our Gate fix.
Contributed by: phatpants
Due to both actor/ director Alex Winter's upcoming 2010 3D remake and rising pressure from the film's fans, Lionsgate will be releasing a Special Edition DVD of the original "The Gate" on October 6th 2009 (U.S. release date)
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