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  1. José Neves's rating of the film The Spiral Staircase

    35mm, rewatched. This still comes from the extraordinary initial part that, like in a silent film, gets all its action from the camera's expressiveness, finding a model frame in the one of the murderer's eye, and subsequent subjective look - where Michael Powell and De Palma came for inspiration. The film is a succession of gothic fictional moments embedded in a kino-eye that brings us back to the power of cinema.

  2. letters never sent's rating of the film The Spiral Staircase

  3. FISCHER's rating of the film The Spiral Staircase

    Voilà une oeuvre presque parfaite, qui allie en à peine quatre vingt minutes, avec une évidente maestria, le suspense, le drame, l'angoisse et la qualité... www.cinefiches.com

  4. Daniel S.'s rating of the film The Spiral Staircase

    Horror and mystery movie playing with shadows, light, psychoanalysis, a gothic mansion, dreams and a labyrinthic cellar. The main character is mute and likes silent movies. Ethel Barrymore's performance is one to be remembered. Recommended.

  5. Diderot's rating of the film The Spiral Staircase

    A quasi-gothic horror film centered around a mute servant girl who must re-experience trauma in order to speak again. Notable for its pre-Psycho, voyeuristic killer who singles out women with 'deformities'; as well as a comic performance by Elsa Lanchester, the great Bride of Frankenstein herself.

  6. In Prague's rating of the film The Spiral Staircase

    It's obvious that the psychological tinge of the film is an embellishing afterthought, some layer-adding paneling, but its acute parental imbroglios (the circumstances of Helen's losing voice, A.Warren's methodical weakling removal) make the staircase almost an image of a strangling, looped & delayed nuchal cord. Someone had to finally do the clamping. Btw, the original working title was The Silence of Helen McCord.

  7. Balthaz21's rating of the film The Spiral Staircase

  8. Brotherdeacon's rating of the film The Spiral Staircase

  9. Donia shohdy's rating of the film The Spiral Staircase

    Was that shot in the movie??!!

  10. film_lies101's rating of the film The Spiral Staircase

    Not only does it prefigure Giallo genre, but also the lone vulnerable woman in a big house and slasher film as well. Classic in every sense

  11. Valentin Alexandru's rating of the film The Spiral Staircase

  12. Samuel Andrade's rating of the film The Spiral Staircase

    ★★★★ crimes on a moody night of thunder.

  13. Tabikenezer von Higglesbloom's rating of the film The Spiral Staircase

    wow @ all the pressed men going on abt too much "romantic melodrama" when this is a perfect film/precursor to the giallo genre

  14. InsertOzuReferencehere's rating of the film The Spiral Staircase

    The characters are incredibly more layered than the average suspense chiller. The suspense moments were rare, but when they happened, they were amazing.

  15. Zachary George Najarian-Najafi's rating of the film The Spiral Staircase

    Beautiful cinematography, but far too much romantic melodrama and not enough suspense. The thriller aspects almost felt like an after thought.

  16. Gianni Naka Candellari's rating of the film The Spiral Staircase

  17. Michele Andreoli's rating of the film The Spiral Staircase

    Seen with my grandma wich told me that was a great suspense film.. My grandma has a collection of all that films..Hitchcock is her favorite and I begin watch that genre since when I was 8-9 yo. GRANDMA ROCKS!!

  18. Christopher R. Smith's rating of the film The Spiral Staircase

    Despite its reputation as a suspense classic, I just could never get into this one. It's well-shot with great black and white photography, and some strong work from its cast. But it spends too much time on melodramatic romantic subplots, so that the thriller aspects are never quite developed enough, though the climactic sequence is impressive. Not a bad film, but I personally can't consider it the classic many do.

  19. Harry Rossi's rating of the film The Spiral Staircase