Sur le seuil (2003)

  • Year: 2003
  • Released: 10 Mar 2005
  • Country: Canada
  • Adwords: 1 nomination
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  • Available in: 720p, 1080p,
  • Language: French
  • MPA Rating: N/A
  • Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller
  • Runtime: 97 min
  • Writer: Patrick Senécal, Éric Tessier
  • Director: Éric Tessier
  • Cast: Michel Côté, Patrick Huard, Catherine Florent
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70% – Critics
70% – Audience

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Sur le seuil Movie Reviews

French Canadian homage to early Cronenberg (amongst others)

Bad reviews here just don’t give this movie a chance ! It’s Eric Tessier’s first feature lenght film, so sure it has some beginner’s mistakes (mostly continuity) but as such, it’s no different and in fact VERY reminiscent of David Cronenberg’s early films (SHIVERS, RABID) to which Tessier obviously pays homage and gets inspiration from (along with other horror classics already mentioned in the reviews here). So as a first effort, it’s quite good and more than worth a look as an early example of Quebec’s Horror renaissance of the years 2000 ( including even better titles like ST MARTYRS DES DAMNÉS/ST MARTYRS OF THE DAMNED (2005) and LES 7 JOURS DU TALION/7 DAYS (2010) which, like SUR LE SEUIL, is also inspired from a novel by Quebec’s favourite horror writer Patrick Sénécal).

Mixed bag

Evil words is quite a ride and also quite difficult to rate. The initial idea / story is both fascinating and frightening. What if someone’s writing becomes reality? Even this idea is not brand new (I see a strong inspiration from 78th Richard Burton, The Medusa touch) evil words manages to find its own spin and slowly but steady builds up tension. This said, now the issues arise… in my POV the acting, sound, setting, effects are unfortunately very disappointing and drag the whole movie down. An 8 for story and a 3 for the rest ends on a 6/10. The finale is intense and not a Happy End – at all – which fits the grim initial storyline. One of the few movies I’d love to see as a remake with some A list, attention to detail and overall refined cinematography.

The Personification of Evil

In Montreal, on the same day that a policeman shot twenty-one children, killing eleven, without any reason, the successful writer Thomas Roy (Patrick Huard) amputates his fingers and tries to commit suicide. Completely catatonic, he is treated by Dr. Paul Lacasse (Míche Côté) and his big fan, the pregnant Dr. Jeanne Marcoux (Catherine Florent) in a psychiatric hospital. When the journalist Charles Monette (Jean L’ Italien), who is writing a book about Thomas, schedules a meeting with Dr. Paul, he shows pieces of newspaper showing that Thomas was present to the last thirty-seven tragedies in Canada. Dr. Paul reads the notes and decides to investigate further the life of Thomas Roy, disclosing dark secrets about his past.

The unknown “Sur le Seuil” was a great surprise and one of the scariest movies I have recently seen. The simple, impressive and credible story practically does not use special effects and is supported by a solid screenplay, associated with a sharp direction and excellent performances. I would not recommend this movie to sensitive persons since it may shock. I do not agree that this movie is a rip-off of famous movies, like “The Omen”, “In the Mouth of Madness” or “Rosemary’s Baby”, on the contrary, the story is quite original. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): “Além da Fé” (“Beyond Faith”)