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.


(as Jonathan Stryker)


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


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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Release Date:

4 March 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cortinas  »

Box Office


CAD 3,700,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


A scene with Lesleh Donaldson as Christie breaking up with a coach played by Peter MacNeill was filmed, but never included in the final finished version of the movie. See more »


At exactly 1:13:30 in the movie when the character of Tara is trying to escape from the killer inside the prop house she comes upon two doors with glass windows. At the bottom left of the screen a man from the crew can be seen sitting on the floor watching the actress play the scene. See more »


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 »


Referenced in Deadly Eyes: An Interview with Lesleh Donaldson (2014) See more »


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Great slasher film, very underrated
13 March 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews


starring: Samantha Eggar, John Vernon, Linda Thorson, Lynne Griffin, Sandee Currie, Lesleh Donaldson, Anne Ditchburn, Deborah Burgess, Michael Wincott.

plot: Popular actress Samantha Sherwood (Samantha Eggar) is a regular in director Jonathan Stryker's (John Vernon) films and is very excited about playing the psychotic title character in his new film "Audra". In order to research the part, Samantha has Jon commit her to an asylum, but over time she becomes crazy, and he leaves her there. Soon after, Jonathan invites six talented women to his mansion for a casting call weekend, and Samantha shows up just as a killer in an old-hag mask with a sad-eyed doll begins to kill the competition one by one. Is it Samantha or one of the actresses doing anything for the part.

the good: It isn't news that this film was plagued with production problems. I don't really know what they were all about, but all I know is it messed with the editing but the film was still cool.

The best thing about it is the dream-like atmosphere, a beautiful Victorian mansion in a snowy and foggy setting. It makes way for a great chase-then-kill scene in broad daylight when one of the characters is ice-skating, and the killer can also ice-skate, it looks very creepy and builds great suspense. Another great chase scene is when a girl runs into a dark garage, full of mannequins and film props. It was pretty creepy.

The characters are also very likable. I felt for Samantha, having been in a situation like hers (only she may be a killer, and I was a drummer in a band not an actor). Patti really had the same personality as me, and I also felt for her because some people see me no more than a few laughs. The other actresses are very likable with the small parts they are given. And John Vernon played a great sexist asshole. Also look out for Michael Wincott (the main villain from THE CROW) in a small part as an assistant with the jacuzzi.


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