Beyond the Gates was the 80’s throwback, VHS board game movie Horror fans didn’t know they were missing. The film was released to theaters and VOD last winter to an audience eager and ready to take a bite out of nostalgia. Beyond the Gates was co-written and directed by Jackson Stewart in his feature film debut. The film starred horror Scream Queen Barbara Crampton as the board games spooktacular master of affairs.
Beyond the Gates is currently holding fresh with an 80% on Rotten Tomatoes. It appears a sequel was in the cards for this board game from the beyond (nerdy board game pun 100% intended).
Earlier this year, Stewart discussed the upcoming project on an episode of the Scream Addicts podcast, saying;
I am writing a sequel to Beyond the Gates, which will definitely take some cues from A Nightmare on Elm Street 4. It’s a little bit of a different story and kind of changes up some things. It’s definitely bigger scale, and a little bit more in the vein of the ’80s paranoia horror movies like The Stuff and Society, and even the ’70s Invasion of the Body Snatchers. It would be focusing on John from the previous movie. He has a new girlfriend in the mix; probably going to be [played by] Alex Essoe or Jocelin Donahue, someone cool like that.
The sequel will be produced by Brian Yuzna (Re-Animator 2, Beyond Re-Animator). No word yet on the plot details of the Beyond the Gates sequel, but here is the synopsis of the original film as a refresher:
In the wake of their father’s mysterious disappearance, two estranged brothers — responsible Gordon and reckless John — reunite to sift through the contents of his stubbornly anachronistic VHS rental store. Among the inventory, they discover an interactive VCR board game, which their father viewed just before he vanished. Intrigued, the boys pop in the tape, press play, and soon discover that, far from an ordinary game, the video is a portal to a nightmarish alternate reality.