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Curtains (1983)

 -  Crime | Horror | 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

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
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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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Release Date:

4 March 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cortinas  »

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Budget:

CAD 3,700,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Céline Lomez was originally cast in the role of Brooke Parsons. However she was replaced by Linda Thorson after a brief time on the production. For years afterward there were rumors that Lomez was replaced because she refused to do a nude scene, however producer Peter R. Simpson said in an interview with TerrorTrap.com that Lomez was really replaced because they weren't impressed by Lomez's acting skills. The issue of nudity had no part in the decision. See more »

Goofs

When Stryker and Sherwood see Dr. Pendleton at the beginning of the movie, a microphone is clearly visible above them for several seconds after they sit down. 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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our final curtain, whether with Dean Wormer or not
24 September 2007 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

I guess that "Curtains" is slightly better than the average slasher flick, mainly because they have a MacGuffin*. Otherwise, it has the sorts of things that one would expect in such a movie: nudity, screaming, etc. Usually, I wouldn't expect to see John Vernon in a horror film - especially after "Animal House" - but he has one of the more interesting roles that I've seen in this genre, approximately as cold as the roles with which he's most often associated.

So, if you're looking for a mildly better slasher flick, this might be just the one. Granted, you can tell that the one woman isn't a real skater and that the other woman isn't a real dancer, but everything else makes up for that. An OK film. Also starring Samantha Eggar.

*In case you've never heard of it, a MacGuffin is a red herring, something that throws you off. You'll realize what it is as the movie progresses.


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