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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
... Dr. Sherman
... Steven (as John Philip Law)
... Lieut. Fields
... Mrs. Sherman
... Blanche
... Nurse
John Ronane ... Dr. Rawley
Sheila Brennan ... Mrs. Oates
Ronald Radd ... Oates
Heather Lowe ... Blind Girl
... Policeman
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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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31 January 1975 (UK)  »

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Mediocre remake plays like a TV movie
19 June 2011 | by See all my reviews

In 1945, a suspenseful classic film called "The Spiral Staircase" chilled audiences with its story and atmosphere. Set in the beginning of the 20th. Century, it told the story of the beautiful and mute servant of a wealthy, elderly widow who's threatened by a serial killer of disabled women. Here, the story has been updated to the present, which meant that the filmmakers didn't have to spend money on costumes and sets to reflect the time it took place. The overall plot remains the same, but the flat direction and script causes it to be about as suspenseful as an episode of "Murder She Wrote." There are a few red herrings as we wonder whodunit, but it doesn't make us care. It's not really a bad movie. It features a cast of starts who were big back in the day, so the acting is satisfactory. The mansion where the story takes place is rather baroque and makes a pretty good setting. And the original story remains excellent. The problem isn't that the film itself is terrible, but that given the quality of the source material and the original film, it's a major disappointment.


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