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Curtains (1983)

R  |   |  Horror, Mystery, Thriller  |  4 March 1983 (USA)
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Six young actresses auditioning for a movie role at a remote mansion are targeted by a mysterious masked murderer.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Jonathan Stryker
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Samantha Sherwood
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Brooke Parsons
Anne Ditchburn ...
Laurian Summers
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Patti O'Connor
Sandee Currie ...
Tara DeMillo (as Sandra Warren)
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Christie Burns
Deborah Burgess ...
Amanda Teuther
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Monty
Joann McIntyre ...
Secretary
Calvin Butler ...
Dr. Pendleton
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Receptionist
Booth Savage ...
Amanda's Boyfriend
William Marshall ...
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Storyline

Samantha Sherwood has worked with the well-known director Jonathan Stryker on all his major films. She naturally assumes she has been given the title role in his latest venture, "Audra". He tells her that she nn needs to do some background research on the part, so arranges to have her committed to an asylum (as Audra is a former psychiatric patient). She goes along with this, not realising that he intends to leave her there indefinitely and audition six young women of various professions for the part instead. She finally manages to escape, and returns to the spooky old mansion where the auditions are taking place. But who is causing the disappearances of the young hopefuls?? Is it Samantha? Stryker? Or is one of the actresses willing to kill for the coveted part?? Just who is the killer behind the old-hag mask??? Written by Anonymous

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4 March 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cortinas  »

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CAD 3,700,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Shooting of the film started in 1980 but the production was plagued with problems. It was shelved for over a year during which re-writes, re-shoots, and at least one re-casting was done. The film was finally completed and released in 1983. See more »

Goofs

At the very end of the film, the silhouette of a man holding a boom mic is visible on the left side of the screen when Patti is doing her comedy routine in the mental asylum. See more »

Quotes

Jonathan Stryker: What makes you think you're right for Audra?
Patti O'Connor: I'm as right as anybody else you've got here... I mean GOD DAMMIT, you haven't spent five minutes with me and now you're telling me I'm wrong for the part. WHY? Because I haven't got a staple to my navel like that centerfold, because I wouldn't pirouette into bed with you and skate on your face? I mean, what the hell are you looking for anyway and what do you want from me? I mean, who the fuck is Audra anyway?... Are you enjoying yourself?
Jonathan Stryker: I'm ...
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Crazy Credits

The credits are divided into acts like a play, due to the movie being centered around acting and scripts. See more »

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References Prom Night (1980) See more »

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Save my Soul
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Not bad at all for an eighties slasher
27 December 2006 | by (Beverley Hills, England) – See all my reviews

There was certainly a lot more slashers released during the eighties than there needed to be; but every now and then, you'll come across a decent one and while it has its fair share of problems, Curtains is one such film. The film is both a trashy eighties slasher, and a somewhat inappropriate commentary on the mentality of aspiring actresses. These two ideas blend well with the mystery plot too, as there's plenty of red herrings for the audience to mull over and a somewhat bitchy atmosphere to most of the lead characters. The plot seems to focus on the relationship between film director Jonathan Stryker and his long term muse Samantha Sherwood. For his next film, Samantha is required to be committed to a mental asylum in order to research the role. However, this is actually a ruse to allow the director to audition six younger actresses while Samantha stays inside. However, she manages to escape and get herself to the old mansion where the auditions are taking place. Around the same time, several of the young starlets start to disappear...

Normally, there's a high amount of gore in any given slasher; and while Curtains features a handful of murder scenes, none of them are particularly bloody and director Richard Ciupka seems to prefer to keep the focus more on atmosphere and tension than gore. The plot pacing is somewhat ponderous, so the film isn't always filled with tension - but the scenes that feature the murderer are largely well executed, and the mystery as to who is behind the mask is one that seems worth uncovering. Curtains takes place in a creepy old mansion house, and this provides a more than adequate location for the film to take place in. The acting is decent also, with two central performances - those coming from John Vernon and Samantha Eggar standing out among the younger cast. The conclusion to the film is particularly well done, and this ensures that the audience leaves the film on a high. The mystery behind the murderer is clever in that all the cards are kept close to the chest until the end, and while the culprit is unlikely - it does come as a surprise. Overall, Curtains is hardly a brilliant film, but it's not bad and certainly is worth seeing.


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