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An old woman is found murdered, sitting in a sofa with a pair of knitting needles stuck through her neck in a cross.

I'm looking for an old movie. Several planned murders happen. But only two has stuck in my mind.

An old woman is found, sitting in a sofa with a pair of knitting needles stuck through her neck in a cross.
A man gets shot by a shotgun placed in a cupboard at the top of a staircase.
I also vaguely remember a couple falling through a trapdoor when coming to the house, ending up in the coal cellar.

It could be one of these multiple murder mysteries. If I remember right it was black and white, but it could also be, I watched it on a B&W TV set in the late 60ies. I don't think it was a bloody movie more a mystery /suspense movie
asked May 31, 2015 in Name That Movie by zeedijker (1 point)

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"The Old Dark House" (1963)

"During the night, one of the Femm family dies every hour. First Agatha Femm, Casper's mother, is discovered with her knitting needles stuck in her throat."

Full movie is on the internet here:
At 0:46:40 they find the old lady with the needles in her throat forming an X.
answered May 31, 2015 by casspir (18,581 points)
Hey, zeedijker, 100% this is your movie, but please follow up and confirm. Thanks!
Thanks a lot cassia. Yes this is the one I was looking for. Though I think the version I saw was older. But as I watched this 1963 version, several scenes came back to me.
I can't have been more than about 9 or 10 years old when I saw it first.
Again, thanks for the fast reply.
No problem, glad to help.
I am not sure, but I think this was originally a black and white movie and later they colored it. If that is true, then maybe that's why you thought that you saw an older version.