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Something I never understood...


I've watched this movie since childhood. However, now that I'm watching it as an adult, I discovered something obvious, yet puzzling.

Glen, Al and Terry all live in a well inhabited, middle-class, peaceful, residential neighborhood. It's not like it's an isolated suburban home stuck in middle of nowhere. And yet, with all the chaos and screaming and monsters and gigantic demons and smoke-filled skies bursting with firecrackers, not once do any of the neighbors ever come out and check on these kids? Not to mention the cops? Glen's house was darn near demolished in the final panoramic shot, and yet, we never see any idle neighbor running outside or walking a dog, or ANYONE popping out of their homes, checking to see what the HECK is going on? Surely things weren't THAT quiet. Even if it was 3 in the morning, there was enough cause to at least wake up SOMEBODY. Yeesh...


It's still a classic though. ;o)

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There are three possible answers to this:

1. The surrounding neighborhood may have thought it was just a thunderstorm and stayed indoors.

2. Glen's house wasn't the only one being affected by The Gate and the surrounding houses were too busy dealing with similar horrors of their own.

3. Michael Nankin (the writer) is a lazy sh!t!

"Wait...what?"

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I thought about this too, and the idea I came up with was that these events were happening in a crossover reality. When the gate started to enter into our world, at the same time, their suburban house started to enter into the "hell" world. The rest of the neighborhood had not been pulled into this reality - yet. Defeating the demon prevented it from spreading its hell across our world.

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Similarly we must consider that maybe only those that opened the gate are targeted by the experience. There were several scenes that took place in certain characters' heads, like a dream. Perhaps all we're seeing here is the battle of our protagonists' souls? The séance scene with the levitation makes it harder to say for sure. I also really like the theory that the gate had a limited radius, and I suppose it would continue to grow if our heroes hadn't done something.

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That's precisely what I thought as well. It was simply all in each of the main characters heads. Very Lovecraftian.

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Could also be the producers were too cheap to pay for any extras.


Cheers.

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They had enough money to pay for some of the most convincing clay-mation effects I've ever seen, but they couldn't give a few bucks for some extras to appear?

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It's a relatively low-budget flick, and a lot of the budget had to go to special effects.

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I never understand why people try to make sense of a grade B horror flick!

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I never understood why people that suck come onto the internet. Maybe you could answer that question. :D

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Hmmmmm. Maybe they just don't have much else to do! LOL

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I never understood that either or why after all of that stuff happens,Alexandra's two friends still invite over the other older boys,and act like nothing happened.Oh you know..its not a big deal when little demons come after you at a sleep over,and then you smash one in the door and it turns into little worms lol.

Ill say that I am excited that they brought this out on dvd!!!I got to watch it again the other night after all this time.lol I still felt bad when the one kid thinks hes hugging his dead mom,but its really the dead dog.If Alex Winter is really redoing this in 3D,I hope he doesnt screw it up.It seems like 3d usually means a movie is going to suck,.but will make money just because its in 3D

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Now that I think about it, it doesn't make sense that the boys were invited over. They couldn't have planned on a party before everything happened because they had already gone to sleep. And they couldn't have called them after the events happened because the phone melted. But putting this mistake aside, I just assume they aren't serious enough humans to deal with the situation, they like everyone else in the room ignored the levitation when it happened. They refuse to deal with the supernatural. Also I can imagine it would be far more comforting to them to have a couple guys show up and take their mind off everything.


I thought they would be the 2 human sacrifices.

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Do you mean to tell me that if YOU walked out of your house late one night because of loud noises and saw a whirling vortex of unpleasantness pouring out of the mother *beep* ground that you would go see if the people in the house were okay?

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Well, because it's another dimension, where the neighbors are not really "there".

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It puzzled me too after I became an adult, but I also remember that when this movie was made, I was 4 and I remember those manicured subdivisions being a brand-new idea in some areas. I knew some people that lived in one. There were like 30 houses and they were the ONLY family that had moved in ... it took awhile for some people in some areas to really take to those things ... so I just assumed that maybe the neighborhood was relatively new and that they could have been the first family to move in on the block.

The trans-dimensional shift theory also holds water, as well as the Gate having a limited radius. In the sequel no one believed Glenn or Terry about what had happened according to Terry, so if their were neighbors, they were not aware of what was happening. It's also possible that the power of the Gate could have simple put a spell on the surrounding area putting everyone into a deep sleep or adding a perception filter so that they simply couldn't see what was happening in front of them.

I guess the reality is that they wanted to keep the budget down and not over-complicate the story ... so in order for it to work, like with plays, you need to exercise the practice of "Suspension of Disbelief" and just assume whatever you need to in order to engross yourself in the limited parameters of such a small setting and story.

I like doing that. Tossing around different ideas to make the movie even better in my own my head than what was provided is something that has always made me love films. The nay-sayers on here surprise me ... I mean people have book clubs and essentially do the same thing: over-thinking something that simply doesn't need to be over-thought. The difference is that no one seems to knock book clubs for doing it ;)

We just do it because we are fans and it's fun!
Reality is boring; so let's make up our own!

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Definitely budgetary restrictions.

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