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Girl On The Third Floor Blu-ray Review

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“Girl On The Third Floor” starts strong, but falls apart.

Hoping for a fresh start after making mistakes in the past, Don purchases a suburban home and plans to renovate it for he and his pregnant wife (Liz) As it turns out, Don isn’t the only one with a problematic past as the house itself has an unsavory past to say the least. Amidst the renovation, strange and gross things begin to happen around the home. Moreover, a mysterious and seductive woman keeps popping around and latching onto Don. Can Don make up for past mistakes or will he keep failing to make things better? What is really going on at the house? All is revealed in the end.

Written and directed by Travis Stevens, “Girl On The Third Floor” starts off promising enough as a horror story (with doses of dark comedy here and there) about toxic behavior, false appearances, lies, and facing fears. Of course, it’s also a haunted house story with some blatant symbolism. As tends to be the case with many horror films, the more it progresses the less engaging it becomes as the answers that come forth are largely conventional. It’s always a risk (especially in horror) to make the lead character an unlikable person who doesn’t change for the better and that is certainly an issue here. Granted, another more likable character does emerge in the end, but that’s when the story begins to lose its way. Everything within the film also feels a bit too familiar as everything both in terms of structure, tropes, and even story (there’s a Netflix’s “The Haunting Of Hill House” vibe here to a degree).

However one may feel about the movie itself, both Travis Stevens and cinematographer Scott Thiele have crafted a visual horror film especially given the fact that the movie primarily takes place in one location.

I would imagine many WWE fans will check this one to see the acting debut of CM Punk AKA Phil Brooks. While a little rough around the edges in parts, he does a convincing job of a husband who can’t fix himself. Sarah Brooks (who plays Sarah) steals the show though as her character is easily the most intriguing part of the whole affair.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? A perfectly acceptable hi-def transfer.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? An effective track.

Extras:
* A teaser and trailer for “Girl On The Third Floor.”
* Dark Sky Films trailers
* An informative if somewhat bland solo commentary by Travis Stevens. Expect some interesting stories about the shooting location itself.

January 6, 2020 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , ,

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