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Masking Threshold

Country: Austria, Language: English, 90 mins

  • Director: Johannes Grenzfurthner
  • Writer: Johannes Grenzfurthner, Samantha Lienhard, Johannes Grenzfurthner
  • Producer: Hugo Fortier, Günther Friesinger, Julianne Gabert, Johannes Grenzfurthner, Jasmin Hagendorfer, Michael McEnroe, Christopher T. Palmer

CGiii Comment

"Try as we may to make a silence, we cannot."

A company IT worker with a tinnitus-like disorder locks himself into a room to experiment with biological materials and animal bodies. He wants to demonstrate that every organically derived object emits a sound, that this sound communicates something and that the sensation is heightened when the body in question agonizes and dies. The film is the progressive reconstruction, with hallucinated and obsessive gaze, of the protagonist’s megalomaniac madness, pushed into an abyss of sadistic and truculent violence by the desire for an alleged scientific discovery. Through the use of macros, gore details and a voice over with a compulsive rhythm, the Austrian director employs the traumas of the protagonist – including the loss of companions and friends at the Pulse Gay Shooting in Orlando in 2016 – to give back to the viewer an horror experience not for the faint-hearted.


Cast & Characters

Ethan Haslam (as Protagonist (voice))
Johannes Grenzfurthner (as Protagonist (corporeal))
Jason Scott Sadofsky (as Sadofsky, M.D.)
Bronwynn Mertz-Penzinger (as Mother)
Caroline St. Clair (as Mother (voice))
Ishan Raval (as Bharat)
Kudra Owens (as Brianna)
David Fine (as Gavin F. Karp)
Offerus Ablinger (as The Ex)
Katharina Rose (as Dana)
Roland Gratzer (as Dad)
Matthias Ramon Jaklitsch (as Amazon delivery guy)
Harald Homolka-List (as Apopka Chief of Police)
Patrick Michael Greene (as Officer 1 (voice))
Max Grodénchik (as Officer 2 (voice))
Paul Poet (as Macro photography model)
Kero Fichter (as Macro photography model)
Jasmin Hagendorfer (as Macro photography model)