[Review] Girl on the Third Floor (2019)
Girl on the Third Floor – At the heart of the film is Don Koch (CM Punk), a man who is failing as a husband. For years he has skated by on charm and charisma until it nearly landed him in jail. He now views fixing up an old house as a chance to make up for past mistakes. Meanwhile, his wife, Liz Koch, is concerned about the renovation timeline as they have a baby on the way. With all this pressure it’s no wonder Don responds to the flirtations of an attractive stranger. As Don tears the house apart, it begins to tear him apart as well, revealing the rot behind the drywall.
Don Koch (CM Punk) is a very flawed ex-lawyer who is looking for a new start in life for him and his wife, Liz (Trieste Kelly Dunn). Don ends up purchasing a run-down old mansion with a sordid past, in the suburbs of Chicago with plans of restoring it to provide himself and a very Liz, a new life away from the city.
He decides that he and their dog will move into the home ahead of Liz so he can begin the renovations to the house without any help from his wife, despite her advice that this is a bad idea. He doesn’t want to pay anyone to do the work, so he’s doing it himself. He does have help coming in the form of a friend, Milo Stone (Travis Delgado), but that isn’t for a few days. He learns more about the house through his new neighbors and begins experiencing several supernatural events within the home. He tries to ignore these events and continues working but soon finds out that the house has other plans.
Almost immediately after moving in things start to happen, and every time he attempts to repair something, such as a bad spot on the wall, the house bleeds when he touches it. Glass balls or marbles begin to fall out from the ventilation in the ceilings.
The house also starts leaking some sort of sticky looking white fluid from every pipe in the house, then the living room ceiling collapses, revealing an attic covered with child’s paintings. Don’s neighbor Sadie warns him that he should be careful when in the house, and even suggests it best if he leaves altogether, but he dismisses her and continues renovating anyway.
After a while, he meets another neighbor, a mysterious yet sexy woman named Sarah Yates (Sarah Brooks), who begins flirting with him, until eventually Don gives in and cheats on his wife with her. It seems that she used to come inside when the house was vacant and always hangs around outside of the house.
There’s also the pastor of the church across the street Ellie Mueller (Karen Wooditsch) that offers her advice as well, telling him strange things happen in the house that can’t really be explained and living in this house is quite dangerous. Besides cheating on his wife, it also appears that Don has a drinking problem. There’s also a bizarre moment where his dog eats one of the marbles, and it seems the house has big plans for him too.
Overall “Girl on the Third Floor” wasn’t a bad movie, it just wasn’t great. It had a lot of really creepy scenes, which were all great, but it had a few issues too. Like there was an awful lot of things left unexplained. It was not a boring film either, and the pace was good. The acting was all done well enough, and so was the camera work.
Although the film loses its way a little towards the ending and doesn’t exactly flesh out everything, I still thought the ending was interesting enough, however. I’d recommend this one if you just can’t find anything else to watch. It’s worth a one time watch for sure, it’s just nothing that I’ll remember about it.
Title: Girl on the Third Floor
Release Date: October 18, 2019
Runtime: 1 hour, 33 minutes
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Studio: Dark Sky Films
Starring: Phil “CM Punk” Brooks, Trieste Kelly Dunn, Sarah Brooks
MPAA Rated: 18+
Director(s): Travis Stevens
Reviewed by: Doc Butcher
Our Rating: 3.0 /5
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