Bloody-Disgusting brings us yet another horror film that features numerous directors that share an equal portion of screen time for an anthology film. In recent years they had produced the excellent V/H/S trilogy and Southbound with talks that this film would be similar – except this one would have an emphasis on sci-fi rather than straight forward horror. It features directors Eduardo Sanchez (The Blair Witch Project) as well as 2 directors from V/H/S 2 (arguably the best of the trilogy) and one other. I heard this film was available at Wal-Mart so I rushed right out and bought myself a copy.
Now for the ugly grunt and sigh…
Portals is fucking boring. The main story is that one random evening, there is a global black out and these thick black “doors” appear everywhere. They are glossy and shiny and appear to pulsate an electrical force. They also communicate with a large group of individuals but it’s nothing we as the audience can hear. There is one main wrap around story and then three others that intertwine, playing on the idea of parallel universes.
None of these stories are sound. They are unenthused and the dialog always feels forced. The direction feels bored and none of the characters stand out as likeable (at least to me). I felt myself nodding out halfway through but I was compelled to finish it and give it a try (I did buy the damn thing, after all). In conclusion, I was very disappointed. This film had me interested just by the production company and the name of Eduardo Sanchez alone, but this fell flat hard. Beisdes the fact that the film physically looks good, I have nothing nice to say about it.
Don’t waste your time with this one guys, trust me.
'Til Next Time, Mike Cleopatra