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The Dweller on the Threshold

Hammered and wandering the forgotten streets of Philadelphia, Ivy encounters a dark stranger and her life is transformed forever as mythology and reality collide.

In pursuit of the source of Edgar Poe's inspiration, Ivy encounters a dark stranger who leads her to a mystical source of power in a forgotten recess of Philadelphia. There she discovers the terrible truth. Blending myth and magic The Dweller on the Threshold draws inspiration from real life experiences of the filmmakers, as well as references the works of Poe, Lovecraft, Lynch, Frost, Starlin, Wrightson, Wray, and Hammurabi King of Babylon.

  • M. Sean McManus
    A Woman Full of Trouble, I've Always Been Here, The Last Sin of Mark Grimm, Outlaw Territory: Nora, Outlaw Territory: Redeemer, The Midnight Stranger
  • M. Sean McManus
    A Woman Full of Trouble, I've Always Been Here
  • Mary E. Brickthrower
    A Woman Full of Trouble, I've Always Been Here
  • Melissa O'Donnell
    Key Cast
    A Woman Full of Trouble
  • Corey Sosner
    Key Cast
    Punisher: First Round
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  • Genres:
    Horror, Thriller, Creeper, magic, occult
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 34 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    January 8, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    3,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Philadelphia Independant Film Festival

    Official Selection
  • Local Haunts

    October 17, 2018
    Official Selection
Director Biography - M. Sean McManus

With experience as an editor of commercials, reality television, and documentaries, Director M. Sean McManus has focused on creating macro-budget films as a form of self expression. Utilizing a strict drug regime, advanced techniques of memory dilation, temporal analgesia, and hypno-aggressive meditation; all incidents depicted are based on lived experiences and made more real by the cinematic process. It is with the unmatched support of producer Mary E. Brickthrower and the help of countless others that this vision comes to life before you.

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Director Statement

Drawing inspiration from Lovecraft, Poe, and many others "The Dweller on the Threshold" infuses real life incidents and experiences with supernatural horror.