Film Review – Girl On The Third Floor (2019)

Don Koch (Phil Brooks, better known as C.M. Punk) is an ex-con who has turned his life around. He is settled with his wife, Liz (Trieste Kelly Dunn) and they’re expecting a baby. So, as soon as they buy a house, Don gets to work on the renovations, making it suitable for their new family. Then one day a visitor comes by, a beautiful woman named Sarah (Sarah Brooks) who is very interested in the house and as Don gets to know her, he gives into temptation and cheats on his wife. However, the trouble starts when Don starts to feel guilty, he sees ghostly visions and strange things start happening as his guilt gets worse. The question is, is the trouble caused by Don’s guilt becoming manifest? Is Sarah more of a threat than she first seemed? Or is there something sinister and supernatural living in the walls of the house itself?

Girl on The Third Floor is the feature debut from director Travis Stevens and co-written by Trent Haaga, the writer of the Evil Within video game series. The film is a slow burn horror film that gently starts to play on Don’s mind and Phil Brooks puts in a great performance, as not only his other worldly visions start to play tricks on him, but the guilt that he feels starts to eat away at him from the inside. The special effects build up nicely as well, with nods to other horror films such as The Evil Dead but in a slightly less comedic way, and as the frequency of the effects slowly increases, so does Don’s madness, building up to the climactic and shocking finale. Fans of both psychological and full on blood and guts horror are bound to be satisfied and Girl on The Third Floor manages to balance the two perfectly, leaving all fans happy.

There is a sharp turn in the tone of the horror in the film’s final act, however those who go along for the ride are bound to be rewarded, even if some of the audience may still be wondering about the nature of the supernatural. There may even be some that are still wondering whether Don’s actions really do have consequences. Girl on The Third Floor may not be the kind of horror you may be expecting when watching a film starring a former WWE wrestler, but the results are surprising rewarding and its themes are much deeper than perhaps it deserves. However this just makes Girl on the Third Floor a more substantial and memorable film.

Horror | USA, 2019 | 15 | 28th October 2019 (UK) | Digital Download | 101 Films | Dir.Travis Stevens | Phil Brooks, Trieste Kelly Dunn, Sarah Brooks, Travis Delgado | Buy: Sky / Google Play / Amazon 

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