Saturday, July 6, 2013

MoH 208: Valerie on the Stairs (2006)

Director: Mick Garris

Starring: Tyron Leitso, Nicola Lipman, Jonathan Walton, Christopher Lloyd, Christine Barrie, Clare Grant, Suki Kaiser, Tony Todd

More info: IMDb

Plot: Rob Hanisey is an aspiring author who moves into a large boarding house called Highberger House, a place where struggling writers live until their works become published. While trying to write his first book, a horror thriller, Rob has repeated encounters with a mysterious young woman named Valerie who pleads wit him to save her from a unseen force. But Rob's neighbors, including the elderly and eccentric writer Everett seem to know more than what they are letting on about who (or what) Valerie really is.

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again? No.

Casting Director: Wanted: young, attractive woman to get completely naked...a lot.
Actress: Hi, my name is Clare Grant.

This episode is a slow go but not without anything interesting.  It's got three things going for it - Christopher Lloyd, Valerie (Grant) naked on the stairs and a nifty demon (Todd) with a twist.  I realize boobs can't save a picture but they sure can help it sometimes.  This episode was pretty good.  I didn't see the events of the last act coming which is a plus.  It's a good story surrounded by good performances and storytelling.  I'm glad I saw it but it's not one I'll revisit.

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