I had my interest peeked in Girl on the Third Floor before I really even knew anything about it. It was because of CM Punk, at least at first. When I learned that it was going to be a horror movie, I knew that I was going to at the very least give it a shot. I had been trying to figure out how to watch it for the longest time until it was added to Netflix some time ago. I’m glad that I finally watched it. I actually watched the director’s newest movie before this, I plan on reviewing it after I watch it again.
It was directed by Travis Stevens. It was written by Paul Johnstone, Ben Parker, and Travis Stevens. It stars Phil “CM Punk” Brooks, Trieste Kelly Dunn, Sarah Brooks, Elissa Dowling, Karen Wodistch, Travis Delgado, Marshall Bean, Anish Jethmalani, Bishop Stevens, and Tonya Kay. I do want to say that the dog actor is great, I couldn’t find their name or I would have mentioned it. Punk is great in his role. The more his mental state unravels the more he channels the more heelish tendencies from his time in wrestling. Sarah Brooks is sinister as fuck. She starts out somewhat sweet looking but she looks so incredibly evil as the movie goes along.
The plot is centered on a house that’s being fixed up. You’re first introduced to Don and Cooper as they enter into the house to start renovations. Don meets with the neighbor, the protestant priest Ellie. Don meets the mysterious Sarah, though he doesn’t learn her name til a bit later. Don is fixing up the house while his pregnant wife, Liz, is still in the city working. Their friend Milo comes by to help Don fix up the house. Don and Milo have an argument after Sarah shows up, this is when you learn her name at the same time as Don. Don and Sarah had hooked up earlier in the week. Don leaves Milo at the house, which leads to him being killed by Sarah. Weird shit has been happening in the house before this but this is the first time you get a clear look at anything. Cooper is killed, which leads to Don trying to kill Sarah. Liz comes to the house unannounced and can’t find Don. You find out about what’s happened in the house as Liz does. The last thing I’m gonna say about the plot is Don should know better than to leave marbles in the crib with his baby.
So the production design in this does a lot of heavy lifting. Since the house is basically a character all on its own the way it looks is incredibly important. Even when the look is changed even just a little bit it still feels off, if not even more so. The practical effects in this are insane. It looks so unpleasant that you don’t really want to look at it. I also want to point out the switch to handheld that happens near the end of the movie. As Liz becomes disoriented you follow right along with her. It does a wonderful job at knocking you off kilter.
Girl on the Third Flood is definitely worth a watch if you’re a fan of horror. If you’re just wanting to watch CM Punk in a movie you might still like it, but only if you’re okay with horror. It’s currently streaming on Netflix.