I recently reviewed The Gate, a 1987 movie about two kids who unearth a gateway to hell and unleash a rabble of demonic minions. It was a great kid-orientated horror movie with loads of scares and a great little story to boot. Two years later the sequel was made, reuniting the original director with one of the original stars. Terry's life is in ruins since the events of the first movie. His mother has died and his father is a suicidal drunk... with no one to turn to his mind is fixated on the events of the past. Now in his teens, he becomes obsessed with black magic and revisits the old house and summons the demons, hoping they can bring something familiar back. This is a much different film. The first one worked so well because it embodied an innocence and charm and aimed at thrilling a pre-teen audience... with the original audience now older, the sequel is a darker story without the charm. It still works on a lot of levels and does avoid a heap of cliches. It's a slow moving story though and it's biggest let down is it's pacing. The final act does pick up the pace with some nice gore and a few jumps and it even gives a nod to Cronenberg's The Fly. This sequel is by no means an equal, but it does stand up on its own and offers some nice nostalgia... to a time when horror movies felt more classic.