Sight and Sound - 03/01/2002
"...Siodmak's superb horror film broaches some very sinister themes..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
A murderer is targeting disabled young women in a sleepy New England town, and Helen (Dorothy McGuire), a mute servant in a Gothic mansion, is terrified she's next! Mrs. Warren (legendary actress Ethel Barrymore in an Oscar-nominated performance), the invalid, bullying mistress of the house, warns Helen to leave at once, rather than rely on her weak son and stepson for protection. But even as Helen is packing her things, she suspects she may be too late...and the murderer is closer than she ever imagined!
Robert Siodmak's THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE is a classic Hitchcockian thriller set in a shadow-filled Victorian house. The manor's mute servant girl, Helen (Dorothy McGuire), is threatened by a murderer on the premises--a killer who targets those burdened by afflictions....