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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Great Horror, Good Entertainment
28 July 2008 | by theglovesareoffSee all my reviews

Everyone is a critic on this site, which is probably an ironic first line for me to start this review with. But if you've found this title, then you're probably into horror, and you're probably willing to approach this film different than other people.

This film is good. The acting is great for horror, good for any other genre. The technical aspects are not so cheesy that it alienates the viewers, and the plot is wonderful. The characters and the story make for a great time watching this film. Compared to the rest of the series, this film stands out as one of the best. It's an even more enjoyable watch because the characters are self-aware of their situation, and if you're a writer yourself or just enjoy the process of the creation of art, then you'll chuckle at a lot of the quick exchanges between the characters.

I think that everything in this film is really well done. The violence, the makeup, the characters, the sex, all of it is appropriate and poignant. If you're into horror, this is a definite must see. If you're not into horror, then this is a film that is a good hour of entertainment. Either way, this film is good and certainly does not deserve any slams that it has been given.

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