Recently in the past few months, out of necessity I have become pretty picky about what horror films to view or review. But not in a snobbish way either mind you. It seems the older I get, the less time I have in the day to watch anything. So, my free time has become very valuable to me. A couple weeks ago though, I went against the grain and took the red pill chance on a brand new independent flick. The trailer as they usually tend to do, brought me in hook, line and sinker. So, I thought ‘what the hell’ and dove right in.
Girl on the Third Floor (2019)
Turns out what I stumbled upon, what looked on the surface like a staple standard haunted house movie. You know, husband moves in to a new house to renovate for his wife and their forthcoming child, as eerie things begin to happen kinda thing… But as the movie slowly sludged along, nothing was what it seemed and I was in for so much more than I was truly expecting. In a great way too.
For those of you boils and ghouls that follow the Syndicate religiously, you know in my reviews that I avoid spoilers for the most part because I want you to decide for yourself if it’s worth watching. As with many horror movies, this flick is not without its miscues either. It was dreadfully slow for almost the first hour. Not many creepy moments for the seasoned horror hound. But during the slow buildup, we follow the main character played by former wrestler C.M. Punk. It was actually a really good performance. All throughout learning he has a sordid past. Building a tense atmosphere. Which was refreshing and made up for the slow pacing.
It is really hard to write a review for this without giving away key elements of the story. But as you can probably imagine, the house has a sordid past as well. Which I thought was a nice touch adding a dark connection between the two. But once the films’ pacing ramps up and shows its true face, it’s hard to stop watching. Jump scares aren’t easily anticipated and there are some incredibly creepy moments. Turning into a harrowing and introspective experience, not one to easily be forgotten. Truly surreal and thought-provoking. The unexpectedly hopeful ending was hauntingly beautiful…
I’m going to keep this brief because I want you to take a chance on this film. I am so glad I did. Even though I don’t leave spoilers, I will give you something to wet your cold and bloody hearts with….
….That hammer death scene though….