Masters of Horror: Valerie on the Stairs

Masters of Horror: Valerie on the Stairs (2006)

Masters of Horror: Valerie on the Stairs (2006)

A struggling writer is invited to come stay at a retreat for struggling writers.  He encounters a mysterious beautiful woman who begs him to save her before disappearing.  Has he lost his mind or do the other writers really know more about it than they’re letting on?

With Clive Barker’s writing and Tony Todd as the villain, what more could one ask for?  Better acting and direction come to mind.  The acting ranges from Todd (who is always great) and Christopher Lloyd to some pretty bad supporting characters.  The twist at the end could have been great were it not telegraphed ten minutes earlier.

It’s not all bad, though.  The setting is good and it’s one of those rare films where you really notice the set design and cinematography.  The interiors are all depressing and sepia-toned, giving it a noir feel with a touch of something else, something somewhere between melancholy and fantasy.  The premise is also strong, but badly executed and the film – even at only an hour long – bogs down.

Though not terrible by any means, this isn’t one of the better installments from the Masters of Horror series.  Definitely worth a watch for fans, but not one that you’ll keep coming back for.


Stars: 2.5/5




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