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The Spiral Staircase (2000)

During a storm, a group of people are trapped inside a mansion with a killer.

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James Head

Writers:

Ethel Lina White (novel), Mel Dinelli | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicollette Sheridan ... Helen Capel
Judd Nelson ... Phillip
Alex McArthur ... Steven
Debbe Dunning ... Danielle
Holland Taylor ... Emma
Christina Jastrzembska ... Rachel
Dolores Drake ... Sarah
David Storch ... Bobby
William MacDonald ... Sheriff Bell
John Innes ... Dr. Porter
Margaret Ryan Margaret Ryan ... Mrs. Pritzker
Lillian Carlson ... Mrs. Winfield
Brenda Campbell ... Elise
Kandyse McClure ... Monica (as Candice McClure)
Dallas Thompson Dallas Thompson ... Linda
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During a storm, a group of people are trapped inside a mansion with a killer.

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Outside, a violent storm. Inside, a lust for revenge.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

2 April 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le secret du manoir See more »

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Stereo

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Version of The Spiral Staircase (1946) See more »

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Dynasty meets serial killer and begets a turkey
30 March 2004 | by nickjgSee all my reviews

Another re-make disaster from a worn out industry. It is the social distance and the hermetically sealed emotional barriers between the characters which are the mainspring of the 1940s version. Sets, characterization and nuanced performance combine with eerie music and special effects to make the original movie work. In this version, there is some spooky music but the camera dwells on deep cleavages and luxury goods, suntans and landscape gardens. The performances are mediocre and the only 'electricity' produced is from a generator which mysteriously fails during a storm. The creaking woodwork gives a more convincing performance than the leads who all seem to speak their lines by numbers: "do you (2-3) want to (2-3) speak again..." There is an attempt to make a Freudian analysis of the situation which also appears to come from some sort of 'Freud for Dummies' manual. The original and the seventies re-make are both available on DVD- why not spend the time you might have wasted on this turkey going out to find a copy instead!


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