Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase (2019)

Katt Shea was a director for Joe Bob’s Drive-In Theater, as well as the movies Poison Ivy and The Rage: Carrie 2. As a screenwriter she penned Frank Harris’s The Patroit for Crown International Pictures. Before that, she was an actress in films such as Barbarian Queen. Here, she attempts to update Nancy Drew for today’s kids with the help of writers Nina Fiore and John Herrera (The Handmaid’s Tale).

Sophia Lillis from the new version of It and Sharp Objects plays Nancy, stuck in the town of River Heights after her mother’s death. She’s against authority and big on helping people against bullies, which leads her to having to do community service.

She meets Flora (Linda Lavin from TV’s Alive!), who needs help with a haunting in her house. The only problem is that Flora’s niece is Nancy’s rival, Helen Corning. That mystery – and a train that’s coming to town — create the main story thrust of this film.

It’s fine — but honestly, the only thing making it Nancy Drew is the name. Becca has every single hardback book and even she couldn’t make it through this whole film. It doesn’t seem like it had many fans — it was in theaters in March and available for rent by April.

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