Whoa, hold up! They Live and Hell Comes to Frogtown may not be the defining moments in 'Rowdy' Roddy Piper's film career. Like many actors and performers who leave us too soon, the WWE legend still has a few more unreleased projects under his belt. And today, we have the first trailer for his final screen performance!
Vivieno Caldinelli's 11-minute short Portal to Hell!!! is heading to the Toronto International Film Festival. And while it is a horror short, it's getting a lot of attention for bringing a very interesting career to a close for Roddy Piper. The wrestling Superstar passed away last July, but he left this one gift behind, making it one of the most in demand shorts at TIFF this year.
Portal to Hell!!! follows the apartment-superintendent hero in what is loving referred to as a 'primo slice of Canuxploitation'. He 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. The short film also stars Matt Watts, Laura Robinson, Jordan Todosey, Millie Davis, Clyde Whitham, and Donald Tripe.
WWE wrestling legend and actor Rowdy Roddy Piper passed away at the age of 61 on Thursday, July 30. He died from cardiac arrest in his sleep at his home in Hollywood. The actor and pro athlete, whose real name was Roderick George Toombs, was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2007, but Piper said last year that he was cancer-free. Roddy Piper started wrestling professionally in 1973, in various different leagues throughout the country, before he joined the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in 1984. Although he was born in Saskatchewan, Canada, his on-air wrestling persona was from Glasgow, Scotland, and he entered the ring wearing a kilt while playing the bagpipes. His legendary rivalry with Hulk Hogan helped push the business into the pop culture stratosphere. During the first ever WrestleMania event in 1985, Roddy Piper and his tag-team partner Paul Orndorff lost to Hulk Hogan and Mr. T.
During his time in the WWF, which was later re-branded as World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), Roddy Piper also hosted his own interview show dubbed Piper's Pit, where he would often mock his guests and, at times, attack them viciously. He left the WWF in 1996 to join World Championship Wrestling (WCW), before going back to the WWE in 2003. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005. Last year, he was a regular on the WWE Network's reality series Legends House. Roddy Piper also starred in a number of feature films, most notably, the 1988 horror cult classic They Live. His other movie roles include Immortal Combat, No Contest, Terminal Rush and many more. On the small screen, he had guest-starring roles on Highlander, Cold Case and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. He most recently landed a guest voice role on Adventure Time.
Roddy Piper is survived by his wife of 33 years, Kitty Dittrich, and their four children, actress Ariel Teal Toombs, MMA fighter Colt Toombs, Fallon Danica Toombs and Anastacia Toombs. It isn't known which specific date Portal to Hell!!! will premiere at TIFF. While it is his final screen performance, the actor does have a few unreleased films awaiting distribution. And it's unclear when another new movie starring the Superstar will see an audience. For now, enjoy some of his last work!