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The Spiral Staircase (1975)

Helen has been incapable of speech since seeing her husband die - will she become the target of a deranged serial killer targeting disabled people?

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Helen has been incapable of speech since seeing her husband die - will she become the target of a deranged serial killer targeting disabled people?

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Actress Jacqueline Bisset's performance was predominantly and nearly entirely "mute". See more »

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Remade as The Spiral Staircase (2000) See more »

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no tolerance for imperfection
23 March 2007 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

I was surprised when I learned that "The Spiral Staircase" was a remake of an earlier movie, and that it's been remade since. The movie is actually little that we haven't seen before: disabled - in this case mute - woman (Jacqueline Bisset) suspects that someone is trying to kill her, she moves in with family, and there's eventually a big showdown. And the ending was pretty anticlimactic; at one point, you can basically tell what's going to happen.

However, there was one thing that I derived from the movie. Christopher Plummer's character in one scene talks about no tolerance for imperfection. We in the 21st century have taken that to the extreme. We want everyone made up so that they all look the same, we go for style over substance, and more. Then again, I'm probably reading too far into the movie, as it was most likely intended as a straight thriller (although it doesn't really thrill).

Anyway, it's a mediocre way to pass time. Also starring Elaine Stritch and John Philip Law (the "Barbarella" angel).


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