Masters of Horror (2005–2007)
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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


Mick Garris (creator), Mick Garris (teleplay) | 1 more credit »

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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 rejection letter in the opening shots from DMG Publishing House is dated February 29, 2007. Obviously that date does not exist in our world, as 2007 is not a leap year. 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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23 October 2008 | by seth_the_wampyreSee all my reviews

I gave it a "2" only because Barker's concept was great, but Garris proves once again he cannot hold his own amongst the "Masters." He really should just stick to producing these things. His direction of actors is deplorable. The story is perfect fodder for a horror short. There is a hotel specifically for unpublished hack authors (kinda like the fabled Chelsea Hotel in NYC). Here, the dreams of these sad writers haunt the hallways. Okay i'm with it so far. Now, the stupidity kicks in with acting on par with the worst kind of theater (cue the druggie downstairs who inhales his joints with comedic vigor).

AAAAHHHH. This just made me angry. I have nothing more to say about it i'm so mad. I should've stopped with "The Black Cat" and left a good taste in my mouth.

As the sign says in the front of the hotel (and, of course, at the gates of Hell... duh), "Abandon All Hope, Ye Who Enter Here." You said it, Mr. Garris. I wish I had taken your advice from the start.

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