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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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Taglines:

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


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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Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Goofs

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?
[Jonathan stays silent]
Patti O'Connor: Are you enjoying ...
[...]
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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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Forgotten Gem
5 March 2007 | by acidburn-10See all my reviews

Premise = Six actresses are invited to a cabin in the mountains to audition for the part of Audra. Well, all of these actresses are really good-looking (well or so they're supposed to be I guess) but one, there's someone running around in a hag mask killing people around the cabin. Anyone who gets in her way will die.

I watched this movie recently and found it very entertaining, quite different from the other slashers that came out during this era, and plus the acting is actually really good especially Samantha, there are many effective scenes like the ice skating murder scene which is really well done, the dream sequence with the doll at the beginning and the final chase scene which takes a rather unpredictable turn and last but not least the ending which has a bit of a twist which i never saw coming.

The killers mask is really creepy as well and the directing is rather sleek even though we know when the killer's going strike next. All in all this is a really entertaining slasher that deserves to be remembered.


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