Roddy Piper set to fight Cthulu in short film Portal to Hell

Last Updated on August 5, 2021

Now here’s something that just popped up in my email box that brought a cheery smile to my face. “‘Rowdy’ Roddy Piper facing off against Cthulu.” What’s not to like about that sentence?!

That’s the brief description of PORTAL TO HELL, a short film currently in the works from director Vivieno Caldinelli (Picnicface, This Hour Has 22 Minutes), writer Matt Watts (Michael: Tuesdays and Thursdays), executive producer Todd Brown (The Raid, ABCs of Death), executive producer Andrew Rosen (Todd & the Book of Pure Evil), and FX guru Steve Kostanski (Manborg.

The short is currently being prepped for a 2015 shoot and is seeking some extra dough via crowd-funding to help with visual effects, stunts, etc. Additionally, if the producers achieve their goal, the wheels will be put in motion to turn PORTAL TO HELL into a feature film- presumably starring Piper – and the world needs all the “Rowdy” Roddy it can get.

Here’s the plot:

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.

To lend a hand, head over to the film’s IndieGogo page HERE.

Source: IndieGogo

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