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32 Days of Halloween XII, Day 27: The Spiral Staircase!

Spiral Staircase (1946)

So for our #TrackoftheDay, some context is in order. Recently I did state that some songs are chosen because of their association with Halloween as opposed to them being Halloweeny in their own right. A perfect example is “Fast as a Shark,” the 1982 metal anthem by German band, Accept. Befuddlement is in store if you just listen to it and don’t know why it’s been chosen. More on that in a moment.

Now that you’ve experienced the track, you should see it in context if you have not already. Anyone who enjoyed the 1985 Dario Argento-produced Demons already know where this is going. I had never heard the song before seeing it perfectly and insanely placed in this film. I can say no more. You must simply see it.

Right? Right? Fewer musical tracks have had such a batshit horror foundation to play over.

Now that takes us to our feature presentation, the 1946 film The Spiral Staircase. Beware, for “defenseless” women are being targeted by a serial killer in a small village in Vermont in the early 20th Century. (To you kids out there, yes, we had created villages by then.) Enjoy.