Gateway was a hell of a slow burn. I saw several comparisons to the movie Baskin, which I’ve not seen but will now search out and watch. It had a window of limited availability during the Sunday of Chattanooga Film Festival, and I made sure to catch it during the first couple of hours of availability. I wasn’t sure what I was in for, but it blew me away.
Niall Owens knocked it out of the park with his feature directorial debut as the writer and director of Gateway. He showed a mastery of the slow burn pacing that came as a surprise. Tim Creed, Kevin Barry, Laurence Ubong Williams, Finbarr Stanton, Joe Lyons, Jimmy Smallhorne, John Ryan Howard, and Fiona Hardy all knock it out of the park. Tim Creed is a standout since you spend most of the time with him in the film. I don’t want to give anything away but just know that you’ll be left with a great many questions and a want to rewatch it to try and catch stuff you missed previously.
Gateway is a very Irish slow burn horror movie that will keep you on your toes for the majority of the last act. This was the North American premiere for the movie. This is the kind of movie that will find its audience and I’m sure it will do so quickly. I give Gateway 9.5 hammers out of 10.