Hellgate (1989) - Any Good?

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  1. Bobbywoodhogan

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    Is this any good?
     
  2. Katatonia

    Katatonia Hellbound Heart

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    I've always liked the film for some reason. It's at least better than the majority of low-budget drivel that comes out nowadays.
     
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    i remember a strange fishlike thing from the beginning

    this one is all over the place!
     
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    If this is the one with Horseshack from Welcome Back, Kotter, it sucked.
     
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    Twisted and cheesy. I liked it.
     
  6. patmcgahern

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    I've had it as the flipside to the pit for years... Never watched though :(
    Maybe I will soon.
     
  7. Angelman

    Angelman OCD Blu Ray Collector

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    Well, you know you are in bad shape when you fall asleep twice during a flick that is so boring that it takes you two nights to get through. Welcome to the viewing treat I call Hellgate.

    Problem #1? As previously mentioned, the lead actor and “hero” is none other than actor Ron Palillo a.k.a. the character Arnold Horshack from the TV show Welcome Back, Kotter.

    <sigh>

    So the story opens in the 50s and follows “teen” Josie who is kidnapped by a motorcycle gang. She returns as ghoul, seducing Palillo’s character and leading Palillo and friends to the ghost town of Hellgate. There is a backstory/subplot about a crystal that shoots lasers that re-animate the dead and a guy that looks Gomez Addams walks around looking creepy…

    The only thing worse than watching a film that is inept and lame is watching a film that is inept and lame try to spoof a film that is inept and lame. This movie has the power to put people in a coma.

    The big effects scene is a plastic bat on a string. Any action sequence is done in slow-motion in case you might have missed it. The filmmakers make no secret that this flick is garbage and it shows in the final product.

    There is no reason to watch this flick. In fact, there is no reason to review it.

    Complete waste of film.
     
  8. bwana the clown

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    Yeah, I watched this about a year ago and it was so dull that I've pretty much forgotten everything about it. It's a pity, cos Horshack's the best.

    Only worth it if you get the dbl feature with The Pit (which is great).
     
  9. killnstalk

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    Ive been wanting to see the Pit.
     
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    I watched the double-feature DVD tonight, and as much as I enjoyed The Pit, I actually enjoyed Hellgate even more! This flick was just 100% cheese, the kind of late 80s garbage I love! There is so much going on here, never a dull moment. Biker gangs, zombie turtles, ghosts, graveyards, zombie towns, explosions, lasers, phantom burlesque dancers, decapitation, cabins, diners, urban legends. This movie has something for everyone. :lol:

    It would make a better double feature with Demon Wind.
     
  11. Katatonia

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    Cool, glad to hear someone else really enjoyed Hellgate. :evil:

    I wish Demon Wind would get a quality DVD release, it's also a favorite of mine. I already own the old VHS (with the 3-D lenticular cover) and the UK DVD.
     
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    How is the picture quality on the UK DVD of "Demon Wind," Katonia? I've seen this on ebay in the past and been tempted but if it's just a VHS rip I'll hold out for something better (or at least cheaper.)
     
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    The UK DVD is fullscreen and looks about similar in quality to a newly played VHS tape. I'd say it came sourced from an old video master.

    If you have a good VHS copy, I wouldn't really bother.
     
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    Thanks, Katatonia. I'll hold out for now even though it's one of my guilty pleasures.
     
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    Hellgate is the best... pure 80s cheese horror.
     
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    I watched this last night from the Arrow DVD that came out recently. Wow, this movie is in the upper echelon of the "so bad it's good" films. There were many scenes that were so awkward and ridiculous that they made me howl with laughter (while my wife just shook her head). I'd put it up there with Pieces as one of the top cheese fests that hasn't met the cult status of the Troll 2's of the world. Definitely recommended.
     
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    Some online pundit once said the tagline for this flick should be "SEE HORSHACK NUDE." If that doesn't immediately identify it as a possible cousin of Troll 2 it probably should.

    Between that and your comments I need to check this out. It sounds like a perfect candidate for my 80-proof cinema nights.
     
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    This movie is terrible. I didn't find it as enjoyable as Troll 2 at all. It was like a corny Scooby-Doo ripoff with dialogue consisting of mostly terrible jokes and puns. I found it mostly boring.
     
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    DVD-fanatic-9 And the Next Morning, When the Campers Woke Up...

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    I thought it was unpredictable, freaky, and clever. Pretty much my top 3 for an experimental horror flick. It might have needed an extra body or two to up the stakes but as a kind of weird movie, it worked pretty well. More like 5.5/10 rather than a solid 6.

    I endorse it. Meanwhile, the print that was on Netflix in 2012 was bad. I would have liked to've seen this in widescreen. And with a sharper mastering job, better black levels.
     
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    I hardly know what you're on about half the time :confused:
     

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