If an unexplained doorway into an unknown void suddenly appeared before you, what would you do? What would everyone else do? Portals, a new sci-fi horror film, tries to imagine what that might look like on a global scale.
Portals takes place in the near future, immediately after a research facility creates a black hole right here on Earth. In the days that follow, portals that look like the monolith from 2001: A Space Odyssey begin popping up everywhere, causing chaos as some people flee the unknown – while others can’t stop themselves from seeing what’s on the other side.
Portals is actually an anthology film, with a story that’s broken into four segments from a quartet of directors: Eduardo Sanchez (The Blair Witch Project), Gregg Hale (V/H/S 2), Timo Tjahjanto (The Night Comes For Us), and Liam O’Donnell (Beyond Skyline).
Here’s the trailer:
There is, however, a frame story that you can detect prominently there: the dad whose road trip is disrupted when one of the “anomalies” appears in the middle of the highway and he drives right through it. He wakes up alone in a strange hospital where reality seems to have shifted to a state of permanent confusion – his family is MIA, and he’s been subjected to an eye surgery that somehow enhances his connection to the passageways.
What’s causing all these gateways? Inter-dimensional beings? Fractures in the timeline? Aliens? It’s gotta be aliens, right?