When aspiring author Rob moves into Highberger House for struggling writers he starts hearing strange noises from the walls and encounters a crying woman, Valerie, on the stairs. After she repeatedly asks him to help save her from a mysterious force, he begins asking questions of his neighbors. As they start dying one by one he realizes they know more about Valerie than they are saying.
Tyron Leitso (Rob), Clare Grant (Valerie), Nicola Lipman (Nancy), Jonathan Watton (Bruce), Christopher Lloyd (Neely), Suki Kaiser (Patricia), Tony Todd (The Beast).
From a Clive Barker original screenplay, Mick Garris directed this entry in the Masters Of Horror series. We had mixed feelings about this one. The plot was good to be sure, and the movie itself isn’t bad but, Garris turned it into a generic cookie-cutter horror flick. We expected more with names like Christopher Lloyd and Tony Todd.
Lloyd did well but didn’t have the support needed to make the movie great and Todd was completely under utilized in his role. There isn’t much to be said for Grant’s acting but when you spend most of your time walking around nude with a body like hers, who cares. Leitso was completely disappointing, coming across as lacking energy part of the time and being insincere the rest of the time.
There were a couple of good BOO moments and some nice gore shots but the energy in this one never really materialized. Special effects were decent for the most part but Todd’s costume was ridiculously monster movie generic. Camera work was well done and sound met the challenge nicely. Dialogue was nothing exciting, same with special effects and as mentioned, acting was a bit disappointing.
Compared to other MOH entries this one was pretty good but again, a cookie cutter horror flick for the most part.
Due to nudity and gore, save this one for adults only.
Masters of Horror: Valerie on the Stairs is no longer showing in any Littleton, Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 3 out of 5
Genres: Horror, Supernatural Horror, Cult Horror, Made-for-TV Movies
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