Yes Virginia There Is A Santa Claus, and this year he is delivering a very special gift by way of the news that genre distributor Raven Banner has scooped up the rights to Portal To Hell, which pits WWE Hall of Famer and They Live star Rowdy Roddy Piper against Cthulu.
The short film is still in the fundraising stages, and it pitted Piper's janitor character against the millennia old supernatural force after he discovers a portal to alternate worlds in his basement. While the short is still on track to shoot in March of 2015, director Vivieno Caldinelli hopes to have the feature completed by fall of next year as well:
"It’s crazy and amazing. We’re still in the middle of our Indiegogo campaign to raise money for the short film, and now we’re gaining major interest for the feature version,” says executive producer Andrew Rosen. "This boost in confidence will give our proof-of-concept short even more value when putting the feature package together. We’re ecstatic to have great companies like XYZ Films and Raven Banner behind PORTAL TO HELL!”
"We've been like a bunch of kids in the playground, with our hands up wanting to join the game!" states Raven Banner's Managing Partner Michael Paszt. "What excited us most about the Indiegogo campaign was the team the producers assembled – particularly director Vivieno Caldinelli, writer Matt Watts, and special effects wizard Steve Kostanski. That, combined with their genuine passion for genre films, was the tipping point for us to want to be a part of Portal to Hell."
"Raven Banner have been great friends of XYZ for years now and we're huge fans of the hard work they've done to champion quality genre film in Canada and around the world,” says executive producer Todd Brown of XYZ Films. “Yes, it's a horrible pun to refer to this as a tag-team but we couldn't imagine a better partner to have in our corner for PORTAL TO HELL. We're very excited to work with Raven Banner to bring the film to the world."
While we wait for this future Academy Award winner to melt our eyeballs, let's get amped up by watching Piper slap the shit out of Lord Alfred Hayes on Tuesday night Titans.