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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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Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 March 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cortinas See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

CAD 3,700,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

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 »

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, 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

Referenced in The Ultimate Nightmare: The Making of Curtains (2014) See more »

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Save my Soul
Courtesy of Burton Cummings & Shillelagh Music Co.
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Charming Yet Forgotten
13 October 2010 | by stcanard5See all my reviews

A little while ago, a local theatre was playing Curtains as a midnight feature, after unearthing a 35mm reel of it. I didn't understand why this movie had become so rare, but it's a common fate of most independent Canadian movies from the seventies and eighties. This movie's story of how it came to be is a sad, bruised one, with missing scenes and crew disputes, and it makes me happy to see other people loving the movie these days.

Slasher film enthusiasts may be let down by this film's pacing, as it certainly takes its time to get to the violence, and when it's there, it's not particularly gory. But most people will appreciate the film's tactic of keeping you on edge with some extremely tense scenes and twists throughout. What I personally loved about the movie was how it let you get to know each of the women who would later become victims, making them interesting, likable characters whom you actually don't want to die. Most horror movies of this era chucked in annoying, well-endowed victims with stereotypes for personalities and you just waited for them to die. Such is not the case here. The actors are excellent, and many people dote on Samantha Eggar for her role in Curtains. She deserves every bit of praise.

Along with the slasher plot, there's also an underlying theme about the perils of Hollywood, how showbusiness leaves you behind as you get older, and despair for some to be a part of it. The music is well-done and very effective, particularly the beautiful ending theme.

Overall, the movie is creative and under-appreciated, but unfortunately missing explanations for certain pieces of the plot and character development. I'm hoping that sometime during my lifetime this movie is remastered on DVD with all its missing scenes and actor commentary, and there certainly are thousands of people who want the same. This movie needs a wider release; if you don't love it for what it is, you'll at least be entranced by something in it.


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