Girl on the Third Floor (2019) Movie Review
Written By: FR
Edited By: Grave Reviews Staff
Director: Travis Stevens
Writers: Trent Haaga, Paul Johnstone
Producers: Giles Edwards, Nicola Goelzhaeuser, Brett Hays, Paul Johnstone, et. al.
Date Released: October 25, 2019
CM Punk as Don Koch (credited as Phil Brooks)
Trieste Kelly Dunn as Liz Koch
Sarah Brooks as Sarah Yates
Elissa Dowling as Sadie
Karen Woditsch as Ellie Mueller
Travis Delgado as Milo Stone
Marshall Bean as Geary McCabe
Anish Jethmalani as Attorney Manny Bharara
Bishop Stevens as Patrolman Weaver
Rating = 3/5 Graves
***May contain some spoilers***
Girl on the Third Floor (2019) follows the story of a couple who decided to move to the suburb to start a new life. Donald Koch and his wife, Liz, welcomes the idea of moving from Chicago to the suburbs where he believes it is better to raise a family. So she buys an old house and and since Donald is unemployed, he can move in to the home first with his dog Cooper to renovate the house. Upon arriving at the home, Donald talks to his neighbor, Ellie, and is told that the house was a brothel years ago. When Don’s friend Milo and wife, Liz, arrive at the house, they learn that the place is haunted with a sordid past. Meanwhile, an affair transpires between Donald and another neighbor, Sarah Yates.
The film incorporates plenty of blood and gore throughout. There are a few disturbing scenes that people may make you cringe. For example, in one scene, a man finds the remains of a dead dog in a dryer. In this scene, blood and mangled body parts are found in the dryer. As a result, a man throws up and gross vomit comes out his mouth. In another scene, a man is attacked by a woman with a sledgehammer. Overall, the film resonate intense atmosphere and creepiness throughout.
The Grave Review
The plot of The Girl on the Third Floor (2019) is focused centered on Donald as he transitions from a financial position in Chicago to a tamer lifestyle in order to raise his pregnant wife. There were a variety of elements to the story which kept the viewers interest such as the fact the house was haunted as well as the affair that formed between Sarah and Donald. However, some aspects of the plot were unrealistic. For example, Don is sent to fix the newly purchased home, but rather than “fixing” the home, he merely touches it up. These small details took away from impression of the premise and was difficult to believe some of the aspects of the story.
Another aspect of the film worthy of mentioning is its visual presentation. Girl on the Third Floor (2019) incorporates well-done cinematography in spite of the fact that the entire movie takes place within a haunted house. The shots and camera angles are impressive and demonstrate the creative and technical skills to create captivating scenes. However, the pacing is inconsistent. There is an obvious lag in character development. One notable aspect was the fact that Sarah was a mystery until the very end of the film and it did not really show what transpired to make her take revenge.
The score, the sound effects and the special effects were commendable. CM Punk is believable in every scene. He was able to show his anger emanating from the screen as his trials become harsher. Sarah’s performance is also commendable as she slowly attacks the men who are generally abusive. In this way, the viewer sometimes is able to sympathize with her character.
Overall, Girl on the Third Floor (2019) is at best a mediocre film. Taking the positive aspects with the negative, the movie falls somewhat in the middle. As such, this film is worth a watch but may not be one which you may re-watch in the future.
For the foregoing reasons, Grave Reviews gives Girl on the Third Floor (2019) three graves out of five graves.
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