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Valerie on the Stairs 

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.


Mick Garris


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Episode complete credited cast:
Tyron Leitso ... Rob Hanisey
Nicola Lipman Nicola Lipman ... Nancy Bloom
Jonathan Watton ... Bruce Sweetland
Christopher Lloyd ... Everett Neely
Christine Barrie ... Anna
Clare Grant ... Valerie
Suki Kaiser ... Patricia Dunbar
Tony Todd ... The Beast


Rob Hanisey is an aspiring author who moves into a large boarding house called Highberger House, a place where struggling writers live until their works become published. While trying to write his first book, a horror thriller, Rob has repeated encounters with a mysterious young woman named Valerie who pleads wit him to save her from a unseen force. But Rob's neighbors, including the elderly and eccentric writer Everett seem to know more than what they are letting on about who (or what) Valerie really is. Written by matt-282

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29 December 2006 (USA) See more »

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The Director credited on the movie poster is "Alan Smithee," a fictional alias sometime used when a director has asked that his name be removed from a film he no longer claims. See more »

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(pre-credits title card) "Culture uses art to dream the deaths of beautiful women." - Elisabeth Bronfen See more »


References The Twilight Zone (1959) See more »

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Barker's done better
11 January 2007 | by Tim HayesSee all my reviews

Valerie On The Stairs is written and directed by series creator Mick Garris from an original story by veteran author Clive Barker. Where to start? First off this is supposed to be a sexually charged episode but aside from one sex scene, we are only told that it is sexually charged as nothing really happens to lead us to believe so. Hell there was more sexual energy in the dance between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie in Mr And Mrs Smith than this episode reveals. The demon is played by gravelly voiced Tony Todd and he does well with a poorly written role. His makeup is reminiscent of Night Breed star Boone, however. Tyron Leitso as hero Rob is merely okay. He has no real personality so it's hard to tell. The acting trophy here really goes to Christopher Lloyd who is great as an aging author closely linked to the events. Basically Barker seems to be just reiterating a lot of older ideas and Garris brings no real joy to the episode. Its merely okay. Still, average Barker is better than top of the line Eli Roth any day.

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