THE LAST GATEWAY
Reviewed by: Ryan Doom
What's it about
A couple moves into a new neighborhood and quickly the husband complains of stomach cramps. Instead of a simple case of food poising, he discovers thereís a gateway to hell lodged in there. I guess Tums wonít solve that.
Is it good movie?
I dig movies that revolve around hell. Now that doesnít make me a Satanist or anything, but I really enjoyed Rosemaryís Baby, The Ninth Gate and The Omen among many others, all which play with bringing Satan back. That stories deal with elements that frighten everyone and somehow still manage to fascinate. Itís interesting to see driven people who strive to ruin the world with an unhealthy fascination. Who the hell wants to really have Satan back in the world? Someone does...
The Last Gateway, a low budget film from Argentina shot in 25 days, follows this same storyline. An effectively creepy, eerie sci-fi horror flick, itís tense, interesting and has mostly effective acting. Parts were a little thin at times, but mostly I found this a breath of fresh air. Writer-director Demian Rugna sets up The Last Gateway like a mystery, opting for a non-linear story that wavers back and forth between the past and present. We see mysterious men searching for a guy locked upstairs in a hotel room. A creepy, dead old lady slops down the stairs with a trail of blood screaming for her lost son. The dude upstairs in the room has blood everywhere and a mat on the floor to catch it. Letís just say all sorts of strange things happen.
The storyís a complicated one. It opens with some kids finding a rotten corpse of what looks like an alien. Then it jumps to the hotel clerk who gets questioned by several odd people about the man whoís locked upstairs. Then it moves to one of the best parts of the film when the main character Michael has hell literally rupture from his stomach. Itís bloody and painful. A scene that will clearly remind of Alien, and does it justice. Michael screams in agony while his doctor can only watch in horror as a demon emerges from his belly button. Michael lives and soon finds out through his neighbor/doctor that thereís an entire cult of cloaked people who hope to bring back Satan. From here, Michael and his wife go on the run, where things really go to hell.
Iím assuming The Last Gateway wonít be an easy find, but if you come across, give it a shot. Satan always delivers. And a final FYI- to whomever writes the info on the back of the DVD, get someone who speaks English. Iíve never seen so many typos beyond re-reading my own material.
Video / Audio
Video: I had a screener copy, but it was Widescreen.
Audio: It didnít list it, but sounded like 2.0 Mono.
The Last Gateway is a surprisingly effective demon fest that's not completely original, but a hell of a ride for anyone who enjoys cults, demons and orgies.