A group of friends embarks on a week-long adventure deep into the woods, but their trip quickly turns into a terrifying fight for survival in The Stairs.
Led by acting veterans John Schneider (The Dukes of Hazzard) and Academy Award® nominee Kathleen Quinlan (Apollo 13), the chilling new film will screen in theaters as a one-night event on August 12th from Cinedigm and Fathom Events.
The movie also features an all-star cast including Adam Korson (SurrealEstate, Imposters), Brent Bailey (“Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”, “NCIS”), Stacey Oristano (“Friday Night Lights”, “In Plain Sight”), Tyra Colar (“Cougar Town”, “The Mentalist”), and festival winner Josh Crotty (“Scandal”, Shockwave).
“In 1997, a young boy is out hunting with his grandfather (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, taking them deep into a secluded stretch of woods. Overcome with the beauty of their surroundings, they are blinded to a sinister presence lurking just beyond the trees. As the mountain terrain pulls them deeper, the group unknowingly stumbles upon a long-forgotten evil and finds themselves coming face to face with the thing that nightmares are made of.”
Directed by Peter “Drago” Tiemann, The Stairs blends the sweeping natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest with the stomach-churning gore of Hollywood in this modern-day movie. Written by Tiemann and Jason L Lowe, both men took on additional roles for the film; Tiemann Producing and Lowe as an Executive Producer. Also Produced by Amanda Rae Jones, with additional Executive Producers Andrew Nevils, Christopher Hill & Amy Bovenkamp, John Kritsonis, Karl Lindor, Thomas Lowe, Wesley Barker, and Scott Riefler.
The isolation that these characters face creates an added level of tension,” said Tiemann. “The idea of being hunted by an unknown, taps into a visceral part of us and we become part of the story.”
The Stairs truly delivers for horror fans looking for a movie with real scares, suspense, and a terrifying conclusion,” said Melody Fowler, Vice-President of Acquisitions for Cinedigm.
The Stairs has received a great reception from horror festivals around the world, winning several awards, and has been an Official Selection playing in 15 Film Festivals with 11 nominations and more than 22 wins. Including Best Picture at Haunted House FearFest, the Audience Award for Best Picture at Nevermore Film Festival, and most recently, The Stairs won top honors at the combined 2020/2021 International Horror Hotel Film Festival including Best Director – Peter ‘Drago’ Tiemann, Best Cinematography – Ryan Purcell, Best Actor – Adam Korson, Best Sci-Fi Feature, and Best Overall Film.
Fathom Events and Cinedigm will screen The Stairs in movie theaters nationwide on Thursday, August 12 at 7:00 p.m. local time. For a complete list of theater locations, visit FathomEvents.com. (theaters and participants are subject to change).