MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 4,741 this week

The Ten Steps (2004)

7.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.3/10 from 258 users  
Reviews: 6 user | 2 critic

Set in Ireland, a family moves to a new city neighborhood, taking residence in a large, old house that is rumored to have a dodgy past. Their young daughter Katie is caught in a power ... See full summary »

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

10 Best Back-to-School TV Shows

Dust off your varsity jacket and get excited for fall with our list of the 10 best back-to-school TV shows.

Visit our Family Entertainment Guide

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 42 titles
created 22 Jul 2011
 
a list of 2894 titles
created 25 Jul 2011
 
a list of 26 titles
created 30 Aug 2011
 
a list of 288 titles
created 04 Aug 2012
 
list image
a list of 130 titles
created 10 Oct 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "The Ten Steps" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Ten Steps (2004)

The Ten Steps (2004) on IMDb 7.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Ten Steps.
2 wins. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Off Season (2009)
Short | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Director: Jonathan van Tulleken
Stars: Bill Sage
Abe (2013)
Short | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

ABE is a tense, psychological horror about a robot who's looking for love in all the wrong places.

Director: Rob McLellan
Stars: Sam Hoare, Claire Huskisson, Emily Baxter
Chosen (2001)
Action | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The Driver is carrying an East Asian child who has been chosen for a strange rite. He must drive him through a dark night in the city to get to a monk's house, while eluding several U.S. ... See full summary »

Director: Ang Lee
Stars: Clive Owen, Mason Lee, Sonom Gualson
Incubator (2011)
Short | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A young man wakes up in a motel bathtub full of ice, only to find his problems have just begun.

Director: Jimmy Weber
Stars: Luke Sorge
Pilgrimage (2015)
Adventure | Drama

In 13th century Ireland a group of monks must escort a sacred relic across an Irish landscape fraught with peril.

Director: Brendan Muldowney
Stars: Richard Armitage, Tom Holland, Jon Bernthal
Lights Out (Video 2013)
Short | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

When a woman turns out the lights, a figure appears, but when she turns them back on, it is gone.

Director: David F. Sandberg
Stars: Lotta Losten
El ciclo (2003)
Short | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A naked, blood-soaked man throws a corpse into a dimly lit basement. The cadaver lands against another body.

Director: Víctor García
Stars: Jacob Torres
Short | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A sleep deprived office worker photocopies a "Black Hole" late one night - Suddenly the possibilities seem endless. Will greed get the better of him?

Directors: Philip Sansom, Olly Williams
Stars: Napoleon Ryan
BlinkyTM (2011)
Short | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A young boy living in the near future looks for an escape from a home with arguing parents. As a way to cope with the recent arguments from his parents he receives a robot companion that he ends up abusing.

Director: Ruairi Robinson
Stars: Max Records, Jenni Fontana, James Nardini
No Way Out III (2011)
Short | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  
Director: Kristoffer Aaron Morgan
Stars: AJ Bowen
Deus Irae (2010)
Short | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A fragile border separates our world from the realm of darkness, where nightmarish creatures await in the shadows. Only one thing is standing in their way: a secret order of priests, who ... See full summary »

Director: Pedro Cristiani
Stars: Gastón Ricaud, Bernarda Pagés, Ana Pauls
Elevated (1997)
Mystery | Short | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Ben and Ellen are thrust into adventure when Hank, a blood covered security man of the building rushes into their elevator, claiming that there's a dangerous creature in the building.

Director: Vincenzo Natali
Stars: Vickie Papavs, Bruce McFee, David Hewlett
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jill Harding ...
Katie
William O'Sullivan ...
Steven
Paula Lee ...
Ciara
Gerard Lee ...
Brian
Frank Coughlan ...
John
...
Lisa
Stephen Fitzgibbon ...
Waiter
Kerrie O'Sullivan ...
Jenny (as Kerry O'Sullivan)
Ann Mac Farlane ...
Diner
...
Diner (as Michael Fitzgerald)
Carole Ward ...
Diner
Noel Keegan ...
Diner
Eileen Cahill ...
Diner
Peter Loonam ...
Diner
Danielle O'Connell ...
Diner
Edit

Storyline

Set in Ireland, a family moves to a new city neighborhood, taking residence in a large, old house that is rumored to have a dodgy past. Their young daughter Katie is caught in a power outage while the parents are out to dinner, and her father insists that she go down to the basement to fix the fuse. When they'd first moved in, Katie had a panic attack in the basement, brought on by stories that the devil once appeared down there. But with her father's help, she slowly descends the ten steps to the bottom, each step into darkness inducing more and more terror, building up the suspense in a most simple, yet THE most effective way. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

number in title | See All (1) »

Taglines:

A young girl baby-sits in an old house . . .

Genres:

Horror | Short

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

29 October 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Les 10 marches  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Budget:

€9,500 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Effectively creepy and chilling in a low-key way
29 August 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Left alone in her new home to look after her little brother, Katie is generally creeped out by her new home but is coping alright until all the lights go out. She rings her parents who are at a meal that is important to her Dad's career and naturally they are not keen to leave for a problem that she could fix herself. Her Dad directs her down into the cellar and down the ten steps to the bottom, where she will find the fuse box.

The problem with finding something you love and telling people is that it then becomes build up in the minds of the other people before they see it and something that surprised you turns into something that doesn't live up to expectations for them. I did it with the short French Doors and I suspect that The Ten Steps has the risk of being the same because, although it is chilling and effective, it is almost certainly not brilliant and praising it too much risks building expectations that it can't meet. So I have a problem then, because I did think it was really good but hyping it further will only produce a sense of anti-climax when the expectant viewer reaches the low-key ending. The whole film is atmosphere because there are no real jump-scares and fortunately it does this well. The direction makes good use of the haunted house and sets up a tension that heightens the whole way down the stairs. The main complaint I would have in this regard was that the restaurant scenes were too bright and colourful and jarred with the dark stairs – a more subdued setting would have helped and I'm not saying that the restaurant needed to be as eerie.

Jill Harding's Katie really helps the atmosphere as well. Considering her face is all we can see for a lot of the film, it was important that she be convincingly frightened – and she is. The actors playing her parents are a lot less convincing; her "father" in particular didn't convince as he sent her into somewhere she was scared of just so he could impress his boss. However these are all minor problems because the atmosphere does work and it is quite chilling in a low-key sort of way. Don't expect too much and you'll probably be as pleasantly surprised as I was.


6 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Now Available to View... jryn
Not Much Chatter about this great movie. Why? caroline416
Discuss The Ten Steps (2004) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?