“THRESHOLD” Chasing Evil

Joey Millin in THRESHOLD from ARROW Video

It was a nice try, but this little indie Threshold goes down a road that some the best of directors have failed to bring to life. Depicting drug abuse mixed with psychosis the story gets out of hand becoming more and more incredible as it plays out. The lackluster filming doesn’t help the sordid tale and the characters seem to be walking through a maze indecisive between realities and apathy. That said, it’s a very good effort of independent filmmaking on a low budget.

Leo (Joey Millin) and Virginia (Madison West) in THRESHOLD From Arrow Video

Having been on drugs most of her life and recently in rehab, Virginia (Madison West) reaches out to her brother Leo (Joey Millin) when she starts seeing apparitions from an evil past. Thinking she can shake those who performed a ritual while in their Satanist cult, Leo takes her on a road trip summoned by a person to which she has a strong telepathic connection.

The film moves along at a slow pace as Virginia and Leo try to figure out what to do next. Mostly leading to dead ends, the film gets a bit repetitive and tiresome. Young co-directors Patrick Robert Young and Powell Robinson shot the film on their iPhones for less than $15,000. It may have been one of the reasons it looks so blunt. How they got some of their shots however, is a mystery to me as those scenes look as clear as if it was shot on a RED. You can get some enlightenment on how it was made in the accompanying “Special Features”.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“The Making of Threshold” (1hr. 28min.) with Co-directors Powell Robinson & Patrick R. Young, Producer Lauren Bates, actor Joey Millin and others
“Roundtables” Roundtable discussion moderated by Scott Weinberg with co-directors Powell Robinson & Patrick R. Young and others.
“The Sounds of Threshold” The full score for Threshold composed and performed by Nick Chuba.
“Image Gallery” screenshots from the film.
More

A scene from THRESHOLD form ARROW Video

Threshold has not been rated by the MPAA, but contains language, brutality, brief nudity, drug use, smoking, and violence. I recommend the film for fledgling filmmakers and those fans that like and support indie filmmakers. My hats off to Young and Robinson for all the effort and innovative cell phone filmmaking. Support indie filmmakers and spend the money for the Blu-ray.

Specifications and additional video information:
Cast: Madison West, Joey Millin
Co-directed by: Patrick Robert Young and Powell Robinson
Genre: Horror, Drama
MPAA Rating: language, drug use, nudity, violence
Running Time: 1 hr. 18 min.
Video Release Date: July 6, 2021
Language: English
Reviewed Format: Blu-ray
Subtitles: English SDH
Distributed by: ARROW
Released on: Blu-ray

 

Writer, critic, film editor John Delia, Sr. has been on all sides of the movie business from publications to film making. He has worked as a film critic with ACED Magazine for more than 20 years and other publications for a total of 40 years. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Florida. John is a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association and Critics Association of Central Florida Send John a message at jdelia@acedmagazine.com