Girl On The Third Floor review by Bobby Blakey
Of all the sub-genre’s in horror those dealing with hauntings are the most unbalanced. There are great ones like The Conjuring and Insidious films but even more that miss the mark. The latest, Girl On The Third Floor stars WWE legend Phil "C.M. Punk" Brooks and Trieste Kelly Dunn, written and directed by Travis Stevens. Could this flick offer up something work moving into or will it be a remodel not worth investing in?
Girl On The Third Floor follows Don Koch who was not expecting bursting pipes, rotting walls, and unidentifiable slime when he convinced his wife, Liz 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.
I knew nothing about this movie going in which was a good thing as it allowed me a fresh perspective. The first half of the movie is pretty slow as we see Brooks fumble around the remodeling of the house. I know it is supposed to be giving more insight into the character before getting into the strange going ons of the house, but it just falls flat most of the time. Brooks does a decent enough job, but there are moments that just felt awkward in his performance.
Once we get to the meat of what’s going on it picks up a bit, but it’s not until the final act that we get the real payoff. There are some great gore moments at the end especially one specific skin ripping scene that was great bloody fun. While this film didn’t fully work on all points and didn’t really bring anything new to the genre it still manages to entertain and will no doubt find its place with the fans of horror and/or CM Punk.
Grab your copy of Girl On The Third Floor when it hits Blu-ray and DVD on January 7th from Dark Sky Films.