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Curtains (1983)

Six young actresses auditioning for a movie role at a remote mansion are targeted by a mysterious masked murderer.

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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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Six beautiful girls, trying to get ahead... when the curtains fall, five will be dead. [video cover] See more »


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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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Lesleh Donaldson was doubled by a figure skater for the skating sequence on the pond. Donaldson was originally going to do this sequence herself and even had undergone training in a skating arena to do her own skating routine, but fell down on the bumpy ice on the day this scene was shot and cut her chin. Moreover, Donaldson's skating double also played the killer in that same sequence. See more »

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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, goddammit! 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?
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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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Courtesy of Burton Cummings & Shillelagh Music Co.
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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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