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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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Crime | Horror | Thriller

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Release Date:

4 March 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cortinas  »

Box Office

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 Brooke is arguing with Monty the agent, there is a mic above Monty's desk in the first shot of him. 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?
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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
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Great slasher film, very underrated
13 March 2005 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

CURTAINS (1983)

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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