“THRESHHOLD”— A Paranormal Dilemma

“THRESHHOLD”

A Paranormal Dilemma

Amos Lassen

Virginia (Madison West) is acting crazy again and her family thinks that she might be back on drugs. She insists that she is possessed. Virginia had joined a cult where they “did something” to her and this guy that bonded them together, in some occult fashion. She believes that they can inhabit and experience the other’s body.

This man can make Virginia do things including hurting others and herself. The bond can only be broken if one of them dies. Virginia thinks he wants to kill her for that reason and she wants to find and kill him first.

Virginia’s brother, Leo (Joey Millin) humors her. He drives Virginia across country to find the man who is believed to be in Las Vegas. If they don’t find him, she agrees to return to rehab.

This is a small, intimate film that is structured as a road trip. As Virginia and Leo drive to Las Vegas, they laugh, fight, and sight-see.. Because they are siblings, there is no romance is removed and we focus on their paranormal dilemma. Like Leo, are not sure if Virginia is possessed or merely hallucinating.  There is a dark malevolence that permeates the film, but the threats are intimated rather than explicit. Leo witnesses some unnerving incidents, but they are essentially harmless and could be coincidence.

The “slow burn” plot structure provides a menacing atmosphere, psychological complexity, and overall ambiguity. As more and more strange things happen, Leo begins to doubt his rational beliefs and has to come to terms with the fact that Virginia might not be that crazy. Millin and West are believable as the estranged brother and sister, and deliver strong performances with a natural, easy chemistry that makes both of their characters relatable.

The slow burning sense of oppression that the film aims for feels constantly out of reach. By the time the film ends, Leo is convinced that his sister is sane – but there’s not enough proof in the film itself to convince the audience and that’s a problem. The final climactic scene is divisive even though it works. It depends very much on how invested the viewer is in the characters and their situations. The horror plot disappears in favor of the siblings relationship but the script doesn’t provide enough information for the ending to work.

The entire film was shot on two iPhones and the interplay between the two characters is refreshing and more interesting than the horror elements.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

  High Definition (1080p) Blu-ray presentation

  Original 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio

  Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

 

  Brand new audio commentary with directors Powell Robinson, Patrick R. Young, producer Lauren Bates and lead actors Joey Millin and Madison West

  Crossing the Threshold, a feature-length documentary on the making of Threshold

  Elevating iPhone Footage, Color Correction Breakdown

  Something from Nothing, Indie Genre Director Roundtable

 

  The Power of Indie Horror,  Acting for Unconventional Film roundtable discussion moderated by Zena Dixon

 

  The Sounds of Threshold original soundtrack

  Threshold original outline script

 

  Trailer and original teaser

  Image gallery

  Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Coffee and Cigarettes

 

  FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated Collector booklet featuring new writing on the film by Anton Bitel