TIFF 2015: Roddy Piper Battles Cthulhu in Portal to Hell; Watch the Trailer Right Now


We’re still incredibly sad about the loss of “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, who was a one-of-a-kind talent and one hell of a man. With the short film Portal to Hell, he leaves behind one last little treat for us all, and ahead of the premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, the trailer has arrived. Enjoy!

Director Vivieno Caldinelli joined forces with writer Matt Watts and executive producers Todd Brown and Andrew Rosen for Portal to Hell. Piper stars as Jack, a man who discovers a — you guessed it — portal to hell in the basement of the building he manages.

Jack is a simple man with simple needs. Mostly he just needs to be left alone to read his book. It’s a good book and he likes it, or at least he would if the tenants of the building he manages weren’t so damn needy themselves. And it’s not just blown fuses and clogged toilets here… no, when the building power goes out, the culprit is a pair of tenants opening a portal to hell in the basement. Does this count as building maintenance? Is battling the supernatural part of Jack’s job description? Maybe not, but if Jack can’t close the portal, the entire building and the whole world are screwed.

Portal to Hell



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