Roddy Piper faces Cthulhu—and you can get involved!


Veterans of THE ABCs OF DEATH, MANBORG and more are teaming up on a film project described as “the slimiest genre mash-up ever seen,” influenced by John Carpenter and H.P. Lovecraft, and have opened it up for fan support.

Director Vivieno Caldinelli and writer Matt Watts are embarking on a short film called PORTAL TO HELL, with hopes of expanding it into a feature. “Rowdy” Roddy Piper (pictured above) will star, and the producing team includes Todd Brown of THE ABCs OF DEATH and THE RAID and Andrew Rosen of TODD & THE BOOK OF PURE EVIL, with MANBORG’s Steven Kostanski on board to create the FX. The synopsis: “Jack [Piper] 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. And it’s not just blown fuses and clogged toilets… No, when the building power goes out, the culprit is a pair of Cthulhu-worshiping tenants opening a portal to the demon city of R’lyeh 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—let’s face it—the whole world is screwed.”

PORTALTOHELLNEWSThe creative team are receiving a grant from the Harold Greenberg Fund (named for the producer of TERROR TRAIN, RITUALS and others) and have set up an Indiegogo page seeking additional funds for bigger stunts and FX that will pave the way for PORTAL to become a feature, offering set visits, screen credits, props, autographed items, etc. Follow the project on Twitter and Instagram @theportaltohell and on YouTube, and stay tuned for further updates!

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Michael Gingold has been a member of the FANGORIA team for the past three decades. After starting as a writer for the magazine in 1988, he came aboard as associate editor in 1990 and two years later moved up to managing editor. He now serves as editor-in-chief of the magazine while continuing to contribute numerous articles and reviews, as well as a contributing editor/writer for this website.

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