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Soaked with suspense! A real gem!,
This review is from: The Spiral Staircase [DVD]  (DVD)
Having recently been given some classic films from the 1940s/1950s, I decided to give 'The Spiral Staircase' (1945) a go last night - and what a truly brilliant movie it is. It's one of the most suspenseful films that I've seen in a long time, it has a real Gothic feel about it, is rich with atmosphere and is beautifully filmed.
A serial killer is on the loose in a quiet English town, praying on people who are disabled in some way. This alarms Helen Capel (beautifully played by Dorothy McGuire) who hasn't spoken since a childhood trauma. She fears that she is the killer's next victim. The ailing Mrs. Warren (Ethel Barrymore), the lady she Helen looks after, presides from her bed over a very usual household. In the house are her stepson Professor Warren (George Brent), her troublesome son Steven (Gordon Oliver), the Professor's sectary, and three other servants. All of the characters are interesting and played well by the impressive cast. Another star of the film is the old mansion itself - it looks fantastic!
'The Spiral Staircase' was a joy to watch, further proof that the oldies are the best and I can highly recommend it to anybody with a love of old spooky films. If you like Alfred Hitchcock's movies - this is certainly for you.