Professional photographer James Smith receives a grim diagnosis - a terminal brain tumor. Unsure of what to do next - undergo a high risk treatment or simply end his own life - he reluctantly decides to return to the isolated family home he has just inherited. Returning to the old house dredges up good and bad memories of his estranged twin brother, Robby, but also forces him to recall the abusive relationship he had with his father, also a cancer sufferer who ended his life by suicide - in the very same house. Completely alone, James soon begins to hear and see strange things around the house. Is it hallucinations caused by a tumor and too many pain killers, or is it really a ghost? James will have to confront the force that occupies the house and his own personal demons.
Gayle Gallagher and Wyatt Weed are married filmmakers who, along with Robert Clark, make up the production company Pirate Pictures. Gayle and Wyatt have been making films in the St. Louis area for nearly 20 years. During the Covid-19 pandemic, they became frustrated that most creative projects had shut down. So in the spring of 2021, they decided to make their own feature film, by themselves and in their own house. Gayle would be the camera operator, Wyatt would act, and together they would write, direct, and produce the film. The result is "Dark At The Top Of The Stairs," a micro-budget "Covid feature".