Friday, February 15, 2008

The Spiral Staircase

Is there anything more terrifying than watching someone who can't see, hear, or speak get stalked by a killer? The Spiral Staircase still rattles; mute Helen is terrorized by a killer who targets 'women with afflictions.' A prototypical Wait Until Dark, Robert Siodmak's film gives the viewer a feeling of helplessness that goes beyond the usual dramatic irony. I still can't walk by an iron fence without thinking of Dorothy McGuire being stalked by the killer.

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