At His Doorstep
|At His Doorstep|
|Directed by||Violet Pancheva|
|Produced by||Radostin Stoychev|
|Music by||Andrey Cholakov|
|Edited by||Denislav Nikolov|
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At His Doorstep is an upcoming Bulgarian found footage horror film directed by Violet Pancheva and produced by Radostin Stoychev. It centers on the demonic, shown through the lens of Annie, an online celebrity, and her friends, who spend one night at a supposedly haunted building.
Annie, a famous vlogger, and her two best friends – Iveta and Milena – are shooting an episode for her new online series “Bulgaria’s Scariest Places” inside an abandoned building deep in the woods of Lyulin Mountain. In the name of good content, they decide that it's best to spend the night there all alone, aiming to capture the strange phenomena which have been reported for years. When night falls and Milena goes missing, the girls quickly realize that they are not alone, and that whatever evil inhabits the place, it has no intention of ever letting them leave.
- Violina Dotseva as Annie
- Ralitsa Neykova as Iveta
- Nadezhda Rasheva as Milena
- Radostin Stoychev as Andrey
- Svetlana Smoleva as Lidiya
An eerie location
Deep into the woods of Lyulin Mountain lies an old abandoned building that used to function as a rest house nearly 30 years ago. During the 60s and 70s it was the most preferred vacation place in the area. However, with years passing by, incidents started occurring on the building’s grounds. Reports of child suicides can still be found in the city’s archives. After the rest house went out of business, numerous groups of people went there seeking a thrill, believing that it was haunted. Their stories, found on the Internet, were the main source of inspiration for the movie. The team also spent two nights in the building while shooting, which was a thrilling experience for everyone.
A puppeteer in the shadows
The idea of the existence of a spiritual world, a parallel universe, of energies that we cannot comprehend, has been discussed, studied and written about since the very first human civilization. We wanted to use this concept in the movie as soon as we started working on the script. This is how Mephisto - a demon, first mentioned at the close of the Middle Ages, got his way into “At His Doorstep”. He is the puppeteer, who is pulling the strings of our characters in the dark and gives them the false sense of control over their actions. In order to integrate him into the movie as authentically as possible, we went through a lot of research. Still, his presence is shown in subtle ways – his acts, his texts and his sigil.
The doorstep between two worlds
The movie presents the idea that the abandoned building in the woods is built on grounds, that for centuries have been a gateway between two fields of existence. It is an entrance to the home of evil. A place, where a person’s perception of reality is toyed with. This concept of a shifting reality is presented via drastic changes on the environment, as well as sound and visual effects.
The film is expected to premiere at festivals around the world in early 2021. It will have its Bulgarian premiere later the same year, followed by an online release at the end of 2021.
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