THE STAIRS (2021) Review and overview of creature feature – now with trailer


The Stairs is a 2021 American horror film about a group of hikers who unknowingly stumble upon a long-forgotten evil.

Directed by Peter ‘Drago’ Tiemann from a screenplay co-written with Jason L Lowe, based on Tiemann’s story. The movie stars Adam Korson, John Schneider, Brent Bailey and Kathleen Quinlan.


In 1997, a young boy is out hunting with his grandfather (John Schneider), when he stumbles upon a mysterious staircase deep in the forest. The subsequent disappearance leaves locals baffled as to the fate of the wayward pair.

Twenty years later, a group of hikers set off on an ambitious trail, deep into the same stretch of wilderness. With each step away from civilization, they are pulled deeper into the treacherous trap of the mountain terrain where they stumble upon the same set of ominous stairs.

Descending deep below the earth, they find themselves coming face to face with the thing that nightmares are made of…

Release date:

Premiered at the Nevermore Film Festival held on February 26th to March 4th 2021.

In the USA, Fathom Events and Cinedigm will screen The Stairs theatrically nationwide on Thursday, August 12 at 7:00 p.m. local time. For a complete list of locations, visit


” …creature-feature fans should find the practical effects makeup and creature suits impressive. The ensemble cast, which also includes Kathleen Quinlan as Jesse’s grandmother and Trin Miller as his mother, does a solid job, and Tiemann builds the tension admirably. The Stairs offers a good share of surprising revelations and creepy creature action.” When It Was Cool

Director’s statement:

“I am thrilled to finally be able to share The Stairs with everyone. I fell in love with horror as a young boy, and soon found a way to turn my passion into a career. For this story, I wanted to give the cast, crew and audience a visceral experience, and I hope you enjoy watching it as much as we enjoyed making it.”

Cast and characters:

Adam Korson … Nick
John Schneider … Grandpa Gene Martin
Brent Bailey … Josh
Kathleen Quinlan … Grandma Bernice Martin
Josh Crotty … Doug
Tyra Colar … Jordon
Stacey Oristano … Rebeccah
Trin Miller … Kate Martin
Thomas Wethington … Jesse Martin
Russell Hodgkinson … Gabriel Mason
Karleena Gore … Sundress Hiker
David S. Hogan … Agitated Man
Katherine Grant-Suttie … Grub Daddy