We lost a true giant recently when professional wrestler turned action badass “Rowdy” Roddy Piper passed away. I didn’t even write about it because I couldn’t figure out how to quantify the impact movies like They Live and Hell Comes to Frogtown, not to mention his career in the squared circle, had on me in words. Fortunately for fans everywhere, he has one last film on the way, and it’s a doozy: be battles the ancient evil that is Cthulhu. And now the first trailer for horror short Portal to Hell!!! has arrived to make you both ecstatically happy and brutally sad at the same time.
I’ve been keeping tabs on this since it first began life as the best idea I’ve ever heard. Selected to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this year (yet another reason I’m bummed to be missing out on this fest) will, unfortunately, this will go down as his final performance. The initial crowdfunding campaign was so successful that director Vivieno Caldinelli (Picnicface) and special effects guru Steve Kostanski (Manborg) had planned to turn this into a full feature, but that doesn’t seem like it’s going to happen anymore.
Here’s the synopsis:
The apartment-superintendent hero of this primo slice of Canuxploitation has enough on his plate, what with all the plumbing and electrical problems and high-maintenance tenants. But then some jerks open up a multidimensional gateway in the basement. Thankfully, the guy standing between humanity and its certain destruction is played by the late, great "Rowdy" Roddy Piper.
Portal to Hell!!! makes its debut next month and hopefully will make the rounds for the rest of us to see shortly after. Take a look at the short teaser trailer below, it’s as awesome as you hoped.