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Valerie on the Stairs 

Taken from a Clive Barker original screen story, tells the tale of a novelist who discovers there are fates worse than literary anonymity in this sexually-charged tale of terror.



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Bruce Sweetland
Everett Neely
Patricia Dunbar


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. Written by matt-282

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29 December 2006 (USA)  »

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The number on the door of Rob's room in Highberger House is 217. This is also the number of the notoriously haunted hotel room in Stephen King's novel The Shining. See more »

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(pre-credits title card) "Culture uses art to dream the deaths of beautiful women." - Elisabeth Bronfen See more »


References The Twilight Zone (1959) See more »

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face it, this is Barker
6 June 2013 | by (Midian) – See all my reviews

This script comes from the mind of Clive Barker, one of my favorites. At the end I found it a typical Barker story but as always with his stories it isn't that simple to make it a flick or an episode here in the Masters Of Horror series.

Rob Hanisey (Tyron Leitso) moves to a boarding house full of struggling writers waiting for their script to be published. While Rob is trying a new script he hear noises in the house and is suddenly confronted with a girl called Valerie (Clare Grant). She pleads to Rob to save her from evil. Slowly the house shows his secrets.

Let me first start to say that the performance of Tony Todd as The Beast was excellent. The others weren't that bad at all and the camera did some nice shots but it's so typical Barker that you must be a fan to watch this. For a Barker story this surely isn't The Midnight Meat Train (2008) but more a Book Of Blood (2009) script. A lot of blah blah going on and here and there we do have some nasty killings. You really have to sit through the whole story and maybe even then the ending will satisfy some.

There's a lot of nudity from Valerie, she even goes full frontal and there are as I said a few killings to watch (espescially the one with the backbone). Christopher Loydd is here to to see as one of the writers in the house but isn't that much in it and if he does he does what he does best, looking weird with his eyes.

An entry in the series with a lot of controversy. here I go again, only for Barker geeks.

Gore 1/5 Nudity 2/5 Effects 3/5 Story 3/5 Comedy 0/5

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