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Curtains (1983)

 -  Crime | Horror | Mystery  -  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

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

Lynne Griffin's mother Kay Griffin plays one of the inmates in the asylum. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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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Save my Soul
Courtesy of Burton Cummings & Shillelagh Music Co.
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Some people would do anything for a part!
7 January 2001 | by (Woodbridge, VA) – See all my reviews

Curtains is an intriguing horror film of the slasher genre. Rather than following the cliched "hack and slash, hack and slash, final confrontation with the unstoppable killer" motif of so many Friday the 13th and Halloween sequels, this one keeps us asking questions.

The basic story is this: Samantha Sherwood (played by Samantha Eggar) wants to portray an insane character in a movie directed by Jon Stryker (John Vernon) so badly, that the two hatch up a plot to put her in an insane asylum for a while so she can "learn what THEY know".

However, while in the asylum, Sherwood reads a headline in Variety that Stryker has opened up a casting call at his house for the very role she was promised. Sherwood gets out of the asylum with help from a friend, and confronts the director at his home, while the hopeful actresses look on. Then, slowly, the actresses are murdered. Who's doing it? Sherwood? Stryker? Perhaps BOTH Sherwood and Stryker? Somebody entirely different? And whats with that creepy doll baby with the sad face? And speaking of faces, what about the killer's penchant for wearing a hideous old witch mask?

The acting is above average for this type of film, and tension leading up to each killing is masterfully enacted. (Especially the poor girl whom has to flee into a prop department surrounded by freaky mannequins, or the skater seeing that hideous old-witch-masked-killer skate right towards her with a hook in hand!) All that said, it's interesting the slayings are not bloody at all. Several of them occur off screen. But this is a good thing, as the human mind can always conjure up an infinitely more grotesque death sequence that even the best special effects can produce.

This movie also has a mild hint of eroticism floating throughout it, although there is no sex scene in the traditional sense. You see a few shots of a topless woman with a guy in a hottub, but these are short and viewed from far away. One of the most riveting scenes is when one actress slowly opens a blouse to caress the naked breast of one of the other actresses. A hearty kudos to the writer whom came up with the reasoning behind this scene!

My only complaints come with the sometimes jerky plot line, and throughout the movie, you may be find yourself confused by some scenes that just don't seem to flow together well.

In closing, Curtains is a well done horror film that deserves to be hunted down on the back shelf of your local mom-and-pop video store.










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