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Coolest Wormholes, Portals, Gateways and Doors to Other Worlds

We’ve always had a fondness for portals and gateways. After all, life isn’t about the destination so much as the journey; spectacular wormholes and doorways to other dimensions carry a particular resonance for the dominant sentient species on planet Earth. Marooned on a single planet, in a single star system, in just one of billions of galaxies, in a universe that may be just one of an infinite number–it’s nice to think there are a few short cuts out there to stumble upon. Escapism at its very best!

We have put together a list of the coolest representations of portals in film and television that we could find on YouTube, including gateways to the afterlife and the spirit world.

See you on the other side!

Alice in Wonderland

One of the greatest portal scenes of all time–Alice falling down the rabbit hole into another dimension! Classic countercultural metaphor…


This movie–this particular sequence, in fact–has held up over the years. It’s certainly one of the coolest wormhole scenes in movie history, feeding the imagination with images of what it might look like to catch a glimpse of a distant alien civilization.

2001: A Space Odyssey

The mother of all trips. When Dr. Dave Bowman enters the monolith he takes us along for the ride of lifetime, beyond space and time itself.


This is a considerably cheesier wormhole scene than Contact, but as kids we were mesmerized by these meager 90s graphics. Apparently, others were too, as the Stargate universe has blossomed into a sci-fi dynasty.

Deconstructing Harry

Woody Allen takes an elevator to Hell. What more needs to be said?


Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis discover a doorway in their house that leads to another dimension, known as Saturn.

Pan’s Labyrinth

A little girl descends a staircase into a mythological underworld populated by giant toads, fairies, spirits and monsters.

Star Trek

There are dozens upon dozens of wormhole/portal scenes in the Star Trek canon. This one, from the original motion picture, is one of the best.

Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey

There are a lot of cool portal scenes in the Bill and Ted movies, not the least of which is the time traveling elevator. This scene depicts the two entering and getting lost in a nightmarish afterlife purgatory. It scared the hell out of us when we were kids.

The Black Hole

For a Disney movie made in 1979, this black hole scene gets pretty weird. We elected to show the clip that involves some kind of robot in Hell.

The Cabin in the Woods

The most horrifying portal scene of all time: the zoo matrix of inter-dimensional monsters in The Cabin in the Woods.

Other films/shows with cool portal scenes:

Donnie Darko
From Beyond
Babylon 5
Time Bandits
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
Little Monsters
Being John Malkovich

Author’s Note: We definitely missed some good ones and will be switching scenes out as they occur to us. Remember, we’re limiting ourselves to ones we kind find clips of. Feel free to pitch in!

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