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Masters of Horror: Valerie on The Stairs

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Horror NR. 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. I was looking forward to this one after all Clive Barker has written some very good movies but this one just seemed to fail over-all. There's some nice stuff about this film don't get me wrong, The cast for one is very good including Christopher Lloyd, Clare Grant and Tony Todd. Also once the movie got started and the plot was revealed I really like the idea behind it, I will not go into details as not to give anything away but basically the story is about a writer who goes to a writing retreat/ hotel for unpublished authors. As he begins to write, he starts to encounter the presence of a young lady named "Valerie" reaching out to him. He begins to explore what's happening and the movie moves on from there. I think two things made this fail, one is the direction, the film just doesn't seem to have the right flow to it and the other is the ending which if nothing else seemed a bit rushed to me. So this was one of the Eps. in the series I liked the least but if you have not seen it you may want to pick it up and take a look, it is interesting if nothing else. Released by Anchor Bay Entertainment/Starz Home Entertainment. ** 1/2 Out Of *****