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The Spiral Staircase (2000 film)

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Director  James Head
Music director  Yuval Ron
Language  English
5.2/10 IMDb

Genre  Family, Mystery, Thriller
Language  English
Country  US
The Spiral Staircase (2000 film) movie poster
Release date  April 2, 2000
Writer  Ethel Lina White (novel), Mel Dinelli, Matt Dorff (teleplay)
Cast  Nicollette Sheridan (Helen Capel), Judd Nelson (Phillip Warren), Alex McArthur (Steven Warren)
Similar movies  Nicollette Sheridan appears in The Spiral Staircase and The People Next Door

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The Spiral Staircase is a 2000 television film remake of the 1946 film The Spiral Staircase based on Ethel Lina White's novel Some Must Watch. This film is directed by James Head with a screenplay by Matt Dorff, and stars Nicollette Sheridan, Judd Nelson, Alex McArthur, Debbe Dunning and Holland Taylor.


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The Ethel Lina White novel Some Must Watch was first offered on film in 1946 as The Spiral Staircase. This same title was used for a 1962 television adaptation, 1975 British TV-movie remake, and the 2000 made-for-cable feature. The 2000 version updated the original story to re-set from the early 20th century to present day. Filmed on locations in Vancouver and Victoria, Canada, the 2000 version was made for Fox Family network (now ABC Family), as a remake of three previous films, still based on Ethel Lina White's novel, and using the same title as the previous films of 1946, 1962, and 1975.


The film centers around Helen Capel (Nicollette Sheridan), a pathologically mute woman who is being stalked by a vicious killer. Mute since the death of her parents when she was a child, Helen accepts a nursing position on a secluded island in the household of wealthy matriarch Emma Warren (Holland Taylor). Helen learns that a serial killer is picking off "imperfect" young girls around town, and she fears she is next. A terrible storm hits the island one night and the family and Helen are trapped inside... and they're not alone, the killer is with them in the shadows.


  • Nicollette Sheridan as Helen Capel
  • Judd Nelson as Phillip Warren
  • Debbe Dunning as Danielle
  • Holland Taylor as Emma Warren
  • Christina Jastrzembska as Rachel Parsons
  • William McDonald as Sheriff Bell
  • John Innes as Dr. Porter
  • Margaret Ryan as Mrs. Pritzker
  • Kandyse McClure as Monica
  • Charles Payne as Medical Examiner
  • A.J. Cook as Local Girl
  • Kristina Matisic as Newscaster
  • Alex McArthur as Steven Warren
  • Dolores Drake as Sarah
  • David Storch as Bobby Tyler
  • Lillian Carlson as Mrs. Winfield
  • Brenda Campbell as Elise
  • Dallas Thompson as Linda
  • Katrina Matthews as Cocktail Waitress
  • Release

    The film debuted in April 2000 in the United States, followed by releases in the United Kingdom in May 2000, as Le secret du manoir in France in 2001, Czech Republic in 2003, as Stummer Schrei - Und keiner kann dir helfen in Germany in 2004, Hungary in 2005 and Sweden in 2007.


    In noting that the original 1946 film was "a stellar thriller", Steven Linan of Los Angeles Times found the 2000 remake to be an "inferior remake".


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