Black Gate was made in the mid-90s, but it is basically a throwback to made-for-TV possession/haunted house movies of the mid-70s.
Talk about a house on a haunted hill. Rebecca Lacey's inn sits perched atop a mountain on the California coast—but it has guests running for the door. In come psychic investigator Scott Griffin and his assistant Justin to draw out the fiend behind the haunting. As paranormal dreams begin to plague Scott, Justin finds himself drawn to a gorgeous woman in white. Soon, an evil force of satanic proportions is unearthed, and it is up to the two men to exorcise the inn's demons.
For those who grew up on hokey 70s horror movies that were budget rip-offs of box office hits, you'll feel right at home with this tame film. There's nothing sleek about it, it isn't gory or filled with intense horror action, and there's no nudity to be found. It's just a simple, straightforward ghouls and ghosts film with a typical resolution. Not really any scares to be had, some routine acting and cheesy but fun (and funny) effects. For instance, don't miss out on an opening scene that clearly shows the house on the hill, and the sound of the waves crashing on the shore below—which is odd, considering the shore below is a mat painting that isn't moving. Do not expect anything from this film—it's for diehard retro fans only.