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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.

Director:

Richard Ciupka (as Jonathan Stryker)

Writer:

Robert Guza Jr. (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Vernon ... Jonathan Stryker
Samantha Eggar ... Samantha Sherwood
Linda Thorson ... Brooke Parsons
Anne Ditchburn ... Laurian Summers
Lynne Griffin ... Patti O'Connor
Sandee Currie ... Tara DeMillo (as Sandra Warren)
Lesleh Donaldson ... Christie Burns
Deborah Burgess Deborah Burgess ... Amanda Teuther
Michael Wincott ... Matthew
Maury Chaykin ... Monty
Joann McIntyre Joann McIntyre ... Secretary
Calvin Butler Calvin Butler ... Dr. Pendleton
Kate Lynch ... Receptionist
Booth Savage ... Amanda's Boyfriend
William Marshall William Marshall ... Attendant
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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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Six beautiful girls, trying to get ahead... when the curtains fall, five will be dead. [video cover] See more »


Certificate:

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Trivia

The character of Jonathan Stryker was patterned after Klaus Kinski. See more »

Goofs

(Seen via Academy 1.375:1 ratio) a yellow microphone can be seen above the heads of Jonathan Stryker and Samantha Sherwood when walking into the hospital reception. 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?
[Jonathan stays silent]
Patti O'Connor: Are you enjoying ...
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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 »

Connections

References Prom Night (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Save my Soul
Courtesy of Burton Cummings & Shillelagh Music Co.
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Not Too Bad
23 February 2005 | by lazarilloSee all my reviews

As slasher movies go, this one is not too bad. It borrows liberally from other more famous Canadian slasher films (the wintry setting and actress Lynn Griffith from "Black Christmas", the killer's mask from "Terror Train"), but it's not a bad little film in its own right. It has a good set-up. Six young actresses are gathered together in an isolated house to compete for the same theatrical role (of an insane woman). As it turns out the treacherous director (John Vernon) had previously given the part to an older actress (Samantha Egger) who had gone so far as to fake her way into a mental institution to research the role and ended up being left there by the director. Soon the competitors start disappearing one-by-one. But is it the director, the bitter older actress, or has one the younger would-be thespians been driven over the edge by the competition? The movies falls apart a little in the middle (apparently there were directorial problems-- the director on record, "Johnathon Stryker", has the same name as the character in the movie, and, according to this website, they also had to replace a lead actress). The ending is good, however, and pretty surprising--and it definitely has some very spooky scenes.

This is one of the rare slasher movies that is more interested in creating a strong atmosphere and developing the characters than in showing 101 ways to carve up annoying, brain dead teenagers. If you're the proud owner of the "Sleepaway Camp" box set you might want to pass on this one, but if you like horror movies that are well-crafted and actually a little bit scary, this is worth a look


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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 March 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

CAD3,700,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Simcom Limited See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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