Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
A mutated Tasmanian Devil who breaks free from the activist group that frees it terrorizes a bunch of teenagers who are filming a zombie flick.
Is it good movie?
Cemetary Gates is brought to us by the same crew who gave us the awesome Dog Soldiers, which is immediately a point of interest for me. You know, to be honest, the premise of this flick really isn't too complicated: a monster (guy in a suit) is killing off disposable teenagers until the slam-bang finale. Have you seen this before? Yes.
Does this mean you should dismiss these Gates? Not necessarily, and i'll tell you why. This movie is absolutely brutal, and I mean that in the best way possible. I've said before that in order for a horror movie to be truly enjoyable to me, I need to care about the characters and feel for them when they die, which will give me a sort of emotional empathy or attachment.
Cemetery Gates gave me the complete opposite of that, baby, and that worked for me. These characters are nail-rippingly awful stereotypes, and because of this, I was BEGGING for 'Precious' to tear them to pieces. And sure enough, he did, and that's where this movie really pays off.
Do you like gore? I sure hope you do, because this flick has more red gooey stuff than the Smuckers factory! We're talking guts ripped off, squirting wounds, decapitations, you name it. And it's none of this Hollywood 'quick cut' stuff either, it's the real business, and often in broad daylight so you can enjoy all of the nasty details. That is the payoff for this flick.
Of course, the resident love story/humane animal catching subplots are what you'd expect, but Cemetery Gates is a gut ripping good time that you very well might enjoy, especially if you like seeing morons get what they deserve.
Video / Audio
We get a decent widescreen transfer, with no ratio given.
In the audio department, we get a clear Dolby 5.1 track, it's just too bad the music's kind of lame.
I really enjoyed the features on this disc,
Our first feature is the "Making of Cemetery Gates", which at just over 20 minutes, surpasses your usual EPK and really lets you see how much fun the cast and crew had making this bad boy. It's pretty standard stuff, but the passion that shines through the cracks got me.
Monsters and Mayhem: Special Effects tells us all about what we want to know: how Cemetary Gates got so meaty! All the secrets of gore galore in 15 short minutes! Mmm, tasty!
Finally, we get Running With the Devil: The Real Precious, an awesome little feature about Tasmanian Devils, and how they really earn their name and live up to it. I really think that the addition of this feature was a great little bonus and shows that the disc means business.
Oh, we also get trailers for Cemetery Gates and Boo, other releases from Kismet Entertainment.
Cemetery Gates isn't a perfect film, but it serves its purpose, and is a fine flick for you and your buddies to watch and laugh your asses off while doing so. It's meaty and the disc is quite loaded with quality features, so i'd heartily recommend it to any fan of brutal, old school Guy-in-a-suit horror.