Two Canadians are attempting the impossible: finding an opponent fearsome enough to square off against latter-day Rowdy Roddy Piper. But it appears they might have found a match for the former wrestler in R’lyeh, sending Piper to fight Cthulhu in the short film, Portal To Hell. Writer Matt Watts and director Vivieno Caldinelli have launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise $21,000 CAD to create their short which, in turn, will be used to raise funding for a feature-length version of their story. That story, according to the synopsis:
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 – let’s face it—the whole world is screwed.
The writer and director are veterans of many films and TV series, and have enlisted the help of the executive producer of The Raid, the producer of Todd & The Book Of Pure Evil, the synth group Voyag3r, and Steven Kostanski—the man behind Bio-Cop, Manborg, and The ABCs Of Death 2 entry “W”—will handle the effects. And yes, they have managed to lock in The Masked Canadian himself, Roddy Piper, as seen in the pitch video below. Hopefully this isn’t just a backdoor pilot for another Hell Comes To Frogtown sequel.