Arrow Video Frightfest 2019 Review – Stairs

Stairs, 2019.

Directed by Tom Paton

Starring Samantha Schnitzler, Bentley Kalu, Shayne Ward, Simon Meacock, Toby Osmond, Phoebe Robinson-Galvin, Alana Wallace, Spencer Collings and Julia Szamalek

Synopsis:

When a group of Special Ops soldiers nicknamed “The Hell Bastards” are compromised during an infiltration mission on the battlefield, they seek solace within the confines of a building that houses a never-ending stairwell that forces them to climb or die.

There are plenty of genre films with a doozy of a concept, that subsequently can’t quite build on it to form a rounded, interesting feature length movie.

That’s the dilemma facing Tom Paton’s Twilight Zone invoking science-fiction horror. A kind of Groundhog Day, meets M.Night Shyamalan produced elevator thriller The Devil, by way of Dog Soldiers. A slice of action hokum which thrives on some nifty-yet-familiar narrative devices, but occasionally stumbles down the odd flight of stairs along the way.
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