Movie Review: Girl On The Third Floor

GIRL ON THE THIRD FLOOR was written, produced and directed by Travis Stevens and stars Phil “CM Punk” Brooks, Trieste Kelly Dunn, Sarah Yates, Karen Woditsch, Travis Delgado, Marshall Bean, Anish Jethmalani, Bishop Stevens, Tonya Kay and Elissa Dowling. The music is composed by Steve Albini, Alison Chesley and Tim Midyett.

Bursting pipes, rotting walls, and unidentifiable slime were not what Don Koch (Phil “CM Punk” Brooks) expected when he convinced his wife Liz (Trieste Kelly Dunn) that he could rehab their new Victorian home himself. In over his head, under duress, and tempted by his old weaknesses, Don soon discovers that the house has its own dark, sordid history and won’t be so easy to renovate after all…. 

The story for The Girl on the Third Floor centers around Don Koch (Phil “CM Punk” Brooks), an extremely flawed husband and soon-to-be father who’s decided to renovate an old house on his own. He’s got a shady past and made some bad decisions in life but he’s trying to do better and impress his better half Liz (Trieste Kelly Dunn) who’s extremely pregnant. Don is trying to get the house ready for Liz before she arrives but things don’t go as planned because it’s almost like the house is fighting back and doesn’t want to be fixed up. There’s also Ellie (Karen Woditsch), the neighbor across the street who knows way too much about the old house and Sarah (Sarah Yates), an attractive young woman who shows up at the strangest times.

It doesn’t take long for Don to notice that something aint right inside his new home and he ends up running into all kinds of unforeseen obstacles along the way and we’re not just talking about the busted water pipes here. Parts of the house are falling apart or falling in, there’s the not-so normal black ooze draining from the pipes and outlets but there’s also other things that can’t be explained and poor Don is trapped in the middle of it all. Eerie visions, hidden chambers and mysterious marbles rolling around – it all comes with the house and poor old Don is the target. This old haunted house with an extremely dark past has latched onto him, and even though he tries his best to fight back against this supernatural threat, there’s no way he can escape. But then again, he’s douchebag and maybe he deserves everything he gets!

Girl on the Third Floor ended up being something a little new and different in the haunted house subgenre which is always refreshing to get. It’s hard to come up with something original because everything has pretty much been done in the horror genre but every once and a while something unique comes along. The story for this character-driven chiller centers around this flawed character who isn’t really a likeable guy even though he’s trying to do good. He is fun to follow though because his little world gets turned upside down and he doesn’t handle it well. He’s got his weaknesses and they end up getting him in trouble. Well, he’s already in trouble because he’s in the creepy old house but there’s some other things that go with it.

Anyway, there’s also the things you’d expect out of a haunted house creeper like things that go bump in the night, and the day in the case, as well as some disturbing visions, noises, and even some blood and gore to boot. Oh yeah, the creepy cool special effects looked awesome! So, The Girl on the Third Floor has a small cast and I thought they did a really good job with their characters, especially Phil “CM Punk” Brooks who shows what he can do outside the squared circle and he does it really well. Travis Stevens (my favorite producer in indie film) has been behind some of my favorite genre movies over the years (We Are Still Here, 68 Kill and Starry Eyes – to name a few) and with The Girl on the Third Floor he’s decided to finally direct for the first time and I thought he did a fantastic job. Stevens has delivered a fun and unique atmospheric thriller that’s a different kind of haunted house movie from what we’re all used to and it’s a welcomed entry in the subgenre, and as dark as it gets, there’s also some twisted humor to go along with it. Girl on the Third Floor will be playing in select theaters and On Demand on October 25th, just in time for Halloween.

Distributor: Dark Sky Films

Run Time: 93 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

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