DIY, ASMR and Body Horror Melt into Disturbance
Drafthouse Films knows Collider can’t resist an experimental horror movie, which is why they’ve shared an exclusive trailer for their upcoming film with us. Masking threshold. With a unique take on body horror and a different take on the genre, the film centers on a man who decides to personally examine a ringing in his ears and makes a gruesome discovery. Drafthouse Films also shared the film’s release date with Collider, which is set for September 30 on Alamo’s top sites, followed by a digital release on October 7.
The trailer for Masking threshold is unlike most horror trailers you’ve seen, and it showcases the experimental nature of the project. It highlights the fact that, in his quest to break down the way sound is perceived by the human ear, the protagonist and data analyst will experiment that involves listening closely to the sounds that everything produces, and how the sound of an object or being is affected by everything around it.
It’s fun to watch the experiences until the trailer reminds us that we’re getting ready to watch some body horror – and then you have to get ready for the sights and sounds that come next, from dead animals to sharp objects. piercing body parts. And then it gets downright surreal with abstract imagery that we’ll definitely have to watch the movie to understand how they factor into the story.
Masking threshold is directed by Austrian filmmaker Johannes Grenzfurthner, which is frequently acclaimed at horror and independent film festivals around the world. He has signed titles such as glossary of broken dreams and Trace route. The director created Masking threshold at Fantastic Fest 2021, where it received unanimous critical acclaim.
In an interview with Movie ThreatGrenzfurthner spoke about the inspiration for the film and revealed some surprising areas he drew on to create a disturbing story:
“I wanted to create a horror film that combines the conventions of the genre with the aesthetics of an experimental film. That’s why I use design tools like chamber game, unboxing video, science documentary and the DIY YouTube channel to unveil psychological and sculptural horror. If we look at the history of the horror genre, it has spawned a lot of innovation and the likes of which have never been seen before. I just have to remind you of the expressionist world and frightening of a “Nosferatu”, the spatial trepidation of “Alien” or the almost pornographic body horror of films like “Saw”. Again and again, aesthetic and visual spaces were opened up that were not possible or not yet established in other areas of the film world.At the same time, hardly any other genre is so narratively predictable and draws special power from the eternal return of the same.
Masking threshold opens theatrically exclusively with Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas on September 30 at top Alamo locations including New York, Los Angeles, Austin, San Francisco, Denver, and more. A week later, on October 7, the film becomes available nationwide digitally.
You can watch the trailer below:
Check out the official synopsis here:
Frustrated by a constant ringing in his ears, a paranoid data analyst documents his obsessive attempts to cure his own debilitating tinnitus through a series of home experiments conducted in a makeshift lab. But as his research grows darker and more gruesome, a horrific secret behind his infuriating condition is revealed along with a potential cure more sinister than he could have ever imagined. A deeply philosophical horror film inspired by weird fiction and Lovecraftian cosmicism, experimental filmmaker Johannes Grenzfurthner takes us on a disturbing journey into the paranoia of the human mind to reveal the disastrous consequences of the relentless pursuit of knowledge.