Celluloid Obscurities #04: The Spiral Staircase


The Spiral Staircase, directed by Robert Siodmak and scored by Roy Webb, is a murder mystery noir from 1946. It’s set in a quaint city which is ravaged by a string of killings, the victims being women with afflictions. Helen, the protagonist, is a speech-impaired caretaker to the Warren family estate—where the majority of the film takes place. As Helen tends to the bed-ridden Mrs. Warren, she is urged to vacate the mansion as her life is in peril. What ensues is a tense guessing game of who is committing these murders as the estate is ceaselessly battered by a thunderstorm.

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Celluloid Obscurities is a film discussion podcast between Graham, Connor, and Ryan. All of the droning soundscapes heard behind our words are made by Graham. You can download all of his music across his various monikers for free at his Bandcamp page.

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