Tuesday, May 12, 2009

The Spiral Staircase (1945)

4 / 5 Apr '09
Tagline: N/A
Directed by: Robert Siodmak
Written by: Ethel Lina White, Mel Dinelli
Actors include: Dorothy McGuire, Rhonda Fleming, George Brent
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Drama, Mystery
Length: 83 minutes
Banned: Nope
Country: USA

A neat little thriller about a serial killer who targets Women with disabilities if you can believe it! We meet a mute servant named Helen who happens to have a love interest in Dr. Parry. He wants to take her for special treatment so he can marry her. Of course in the mean time we learn of the killer, and soon we learn Helen is likely in danger as she is asked to leave the house she is working in (for her own safety). It's a pretty cool bloodless whodunnit thriller with oodles of atmosphere and a hint of surprise. It even manages to be creepy (or at least the spiral stairs are in a way). It's well acted, it's an interesting early thriller and it's very easy to watch, recommended for those who like oldies but goodies!

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