Ethel Lina White's suspense novel "Some Must Watch" was first filmed under the title The Spiral Staircase in 1946. This same title was applied to a subsequent 1962 TV special adaptation, and a 1975 British TV-movie remake. The Spiral Staircase resurfaced again in 2000 as a made-for-cable feature film, which updated the original from the early 20th century to the present day.
Pathologically mute since a terrible trauma in her youth, Helen Capel (Nicollette Sheridan) works as a housekeeper and nurse in the gloomy old mansion of a wealthy Emma Warren (Holland Taylor). By nature timid and frightened, Helen has good reason of late to be even more afraid to venture outside the Warren home: A serial killer who preys upon "imperfect" women is on the loose, with such victims as a blind girl and a clubfooted woman in his wake. Understandably, the literally speechless Helen is worried that she will be the next victim. What she doesn't know is that her would-be murderer is someone living within the walls of the Warren mansion - and it isn't the most obvious suspect.
This is a transfer from the Fox Family channel (the original airing) to DVD. The quality is very good. There may be an occasional Fox Family Channel logo visible in the lower corner of the screen.
directed by JAMES HEAD, written by ETHEL LINA WHITE, starring NICOLLETTE SHERIDAN, JUDD NELSON, ALEX MCARTHUR, DEBBE DUNNING, HOLLAND TAYLOR and CHRISTINA JASTRZEMBSKA
I don't believe this film has never been released on either VHS or DVD and, as far as I know, is in the public domain.
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