The Girl on the Third Floor – USA, 2019

The Girl on the Third Floor is a 2019 American ‘old dark house’ horror feature film written and directed by Travis Stevens (producer of We Are Still Here; Starry Eyes; Big Ass Spider!), making his directorial debut. The Queensbury Pictures production stars C.M. Punk, Trieste Kelly Dunn, Sarah Brooks and Elissa Dowling.


Don Koch (C.M. Punk ) is a failing husband who views fixing up an old house as a chance to make up for past mistakes. Meanwhile, his wife, Liz Koch (Trieste Kelly Dunn), is concerned about the renovation timeline as they have a baby on the way. As Don tears the house apart, it begins to tear him apart as well, revealing the rot behind the drywall…


” …Stevens’ directorial debut feels like if Clive Barker and H.P. Lovecraft had teamed up to make The Money Pit, and I still feel like that is a pretty darn good summary in itself, so I’m sticking with that in this review as well. The film itself is a serious-minded horror effort, especially in the third act, but there are quite a few moments of comedy peppered throughout the story…” Heather Wixson, Daily Dead 

“Pacing takes a hit as it follows each final scene with one more final scene leaving some of the film’s energy and anger free to dissipate before the end credits roll. Girl on the Third Floor is an effectively unsettling horror film about pains caused by monsters who are far too real. The supernatural threats are definitely creepy and grotesque…” Rob Hunter, Film School Rejects

” …Stevens gets a lot of mileage out of his creepy house, playing with doorways and staircases in a way that often keeps us as confused as Don. This won’t be for everyone, but it’s one of the few SXSW Midnighters this year that feels like a unique vision that satisfies from beginning to gory end.”


The Girl on the Third Floor had its worldwide premiere at the SXSW Film Festival on March 10, 2019.

Cast and the characters:

  • C.M. Punk … Don Koch – Rabid (2018)
  • Trieste Kelly Dunn … Liz Koch
  • Sarah Brooks … Sarah Yates – Dignity; Chimera
  • Elissa Dowling … Sadie – We Are Still Here
  • Karen Woditsch … Ellie Mueller
  • Travis Delgado … Milo Stone
  • Marshall Bean … Geary McCabe
  • Anish Jethmalani … Attorney Manny Bharara
  • Bishop Stevens … Patrolman Weaver
  • Tonya Kay … The Nymph

Sources: Bloody Disgusting and Entertainment Weekly

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