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[Review] Portal (2019)

by Ryan T. Cusick

The new film Portal gives fans of GhostHunting films a new story about Paranormal Investigators. A group of ghost hunters are struggling to make headway with their show called “Ghost Seekers” for the main reason of not wanting to create fake scares to boost ratings, the team Cris (Jamie Tisdale), Mason (Myk Watford), Jen (Najarra Townsend), and Raz (Reinaldo Zavarce) wants to bring an authentic esthetic to the show. Show leader Steven (Ryan Merriman) feels as though he is running out of options and needs to find a solution, quickly. Steven bribes location scout (Travis DesLaurier) from a competitor show called “Ghost Trackers” to find the right house for the crew. The competitors have a very haunted location on file, The Dalva house. A father, a mother, and a daughter (the youngest escaped) fell victim to the Dalva property a long time ago making this the perfect opportunity to boost ratings and deliver authentic paranormal evidence. As Steven and his team begin their investigation into this creepy house it does not take long to realize that the paranormal activity that was sure to emerge has done nothing, this powerhouse of evil has proven to be nothing but that of a normal house. Steven decides to perform a ritual that is highly dangerous and the portal to the other side is opened, ratings are sure to rise, will the team survive to bask in their glory, or will the Dalva house serve as their final resting place.

Portal had a good little back story, which I enjoyed tremendously. The film at times felt like a hallmark to Poltergeist II: The Other Side mainly because of the Native American part to the story (don’t want to give away any spoilers). All-in-all the film was not bad, started off slow but did gain some traction as the story progressed. The story does a fantastic job of allowing the characters to develop with the story.

Going into this film I knew that Elm Street Alumni Heather Langenkamp was going to have a part in this film playing a character by the name of Fiona. We often see films use recognizable actors and actresses from popular horror franchises as cameos to lure the audience in, I was skeptical as to how much screen time Langenkamp was going to have. To my surprise, she had a decent amount of screen time and her character was an essential part of the film, not an afterthought or something just thrown in the mix for screen time. You won’t see Langenkamp until later on in the film, but I promise you it will be worth the wait!

Portal gives the audience quite a few interesting twists and turns and I found the film spooky especially once we hit the third act and are met with characters Fiona (Heather Langenkamp) and Douglas (Gregory Zaragoza). The film is now available on Demand and VOD.

Official Synopsis

When an ambitious ghost hunter performs a risky ritual, opening a portal to “the other side,” he and his team quickly find themselves in way over their heads in a fight for survival against an ancient demonic force.

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