UFO researcher Ryan Sprague goes down a different 'Portal' this Halloween

“Portal” is currently available on iTunes and other similar services. (Handout by Ryan Sprague)

“Portal” is currently available on iTunes and other similar services. (Handout by Ryan Sprague)

Host of “Somewhere In The Skies” podcast Ryan Sprague is merging his theater background, and on-camera researcher skills for his role in the independent horror movie “Portal.”

Sprague has appeared multiple as an on-air expert/ researcher on CW’s “Mysteries Decoded” show, but in “Portal” he will be portraying a different type of paranormal investigator.

“When I was approached by Dean Alioto to be in the movie, I was a little nervous because I hadn't acted in something for a very long time, but when he explained the premise to me, and that I would be playing a paranormal investigator I thought it would be a fun way to show how ridiculous these paranormal TV shows can get when they become very popular,” Sprague said. “ On ‘Mysteries Decoded’ I'm myself; composed, calm, and curious. In ‘Portal’ I went the complete opposite of who I am and cranked up the confidence, the aggressiveness, and the arrogance. It was a lot of fun.”

The film is described as a supernatural horror-comedy, and available currently via Amazon, iTunes, AppleTV, VUDU, Google Play, Microsoft Movies and TV FandangoNow. The official synopsis of the film reads “an ambitious ghost hunter performs a risky ritual opening a portal to "the other side", he and his team quickly find themselves way in over their heads in a fight for survival against an ancient demonic force.”

Sprague used the abundance of paranormal/ ghost-hunting shows, and the loud personalities the hosts tend to have as his inspiration for the role.

“I basically looked at all the ghost hunting shows out there, and created a Frankenstein version of all of them,” Sprague said. “From the cliche black clothes to the fancy scarves, to the over-the-top feeling of self-importance. It didn't hurt that he gave me a complete ghost-hunting team with two tech guys and an awesome psychic medium. This elevated the notion that I was the leader of the pack, and had to amp up the smugness and cockiness, so you'll definitely recognize who I was trying to truly impersonate and bring a little of myself to in the process.”