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Plot: 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… Runtime: 89 min Release Date: 04 Mar 1983
Easily one of the best slashers of the early eighties (by Kurwa-Monger)
Spoiler Alert!! Curtains heralded the directorial debut of Richard Ciupka, a cinematographer that had worked on various cult-movies throughout the seventies and was the main camera operator on the excellent gialli, Blood Relatives from 1982. Peter and Richard Simpson - the Canada-based team responsible for Prom Night - were the producers, marking their second joint venture into the kingdom of slash. It also explained the healthy budget and strong casting decisions. It's no secret that this suffered a nightmare production that was riddled with problems, which began when lead actress Celine <more>
Lamez refused to play a full-frontal nude scene a fair way into the shoot. She was consequently fired and blacklisted from working in Canadian motion pictures for four years. Linda Thornson replaced her, but obviously all the parts that had already been filmed had to be re-shot with the replacement, costing more money and putting a dampener on the set's general atmosphere. After that, things just spiralled further downhill, resulting in various script changes and complaints from the financers that were unsatisfied with Ciupka's work as director. That came as a big surprise when I found out; I thought he did a superb job! A lot of scenes ended up on the cutting room floor, which explains the studio stills showing screen-shots that never appeared in the final print when it was finally released after being shelved for three years. I'm fairly sure that some of the conspicuous plot holes that can be found throughout the runtime are most definitely resolved on a roll of film that's stashed away somewhere in a Canadian office, waiting for someone to uncover and re-edit it into a 'director's cut'. Those sorts of on-set complications usually and quite understandably completely ruin most efforts that are unfortunate enough to be plagued by them. Just look at Steve Miner's Texas Rangers. As a filmmaker, Miner usually always manages to deliver the goods, but after one too many accidents involving careless horsemen and an uninspired crew, it reportedly created an atmosphere of 'laziness'. The film was first rumoured to be 'unreleasable', before it slipped out silently some months later and bombed like a dysfunctional torpedo. Despite all that worked against it, Curtains is still one of my favourite genre-pieces from the early eighties. Ciupka directs with an exquisite style and confidence, and Paul Zaza's superb score creates a relentlessly foreboding environment that has rarely been matched to such a great effect. The story resolves around a mysterious director that is trying to produce a film, which he feels soulfully passionate towards. Jonathan Stryker John Vernon 's lover and lead actress, the well-respected Samantha Sherwood Sam Eggar , bought him the rights to the movie, in return for the lead role. She was hoping to play the central character, Audra, whom is an infamously psychotic and eccentric woman. Like the best Method actors, Sherwood discovers that research is the essential key to performance, so she fakes insanity to have herself sectioned into an asylum, so that she can become emotionally closer to the persona that she wishes to portray. Stryker visits her constantly at first, but as time goes by, he becomes concerned that the actress is looking a little too convincing and perhaps she really has gone doolally. So what does he decide to do, tell the doctor that it was all a farce and save the woman from impending delusion? Of course not, instead he just abandons her to rot with the rest of the whacko in the institute, and decides on a casting weekend at his remote New England mansion to find a new Audra! Hmmm, I'm betting that someone's going to have to pay dearly for that endeavour, don't you agree? The auditions consist of six actresses spending forty-eight hours away from civilization and undergoing vigorous dramatic examinations. Stryker himself sums the tests up perfectly, making himself sound like a military instructor, when he says, 'The next two days will be unlike anything that you've ever seen before.' All the women have their own unique talents, and they're all attractive and unattached, proving that the crafty mogul has truly got his head screwed on correctly!When they all meet up over dinner for the first time, they discuss what lengths they'd travel in order to win - what would surely be - the role of their careers. The mood is decided when one budding thespian says that she'd 'kill for the part'. The atmosphere gets all the more tense when Sherwood turns up unannounced and looks as if she's going to do just that! As sure as night becomes day, a masked killer makes an appearance and begins working his way through the cast-list one at a time, leading me to believe that he's auditioning for the crown of most creative slasher movie massacre inflictor! As is the thread with the multitude of genre entries from this point in the cycle, we have to decide whom we think is under that impressively creepy mask...Curtains certainly has more than its fair share of noteworthy moments. The awe-inspiring second killing, which can best be described as 'skate and slash', ranks alongside The Prowler's 'late night swim' as two of the best from the genre's peak period. Christie Lesleh Donaldson sets out early in the morning, skates in hand, to practise her forte in the bright snow-laden woodland. She finds a fitting pool of ice and places her beat-box down, before treating us to a corny eighties love song and some visually credible skills that were indeed polished enough to rival those of acclaimed Olympic-twosome, Torvil and Dean! After a good couple of minutes watching her whiz around in circles, her performance is cut short, when the tape that she was listening too is mysteriously stopped. It was a shame 'cos that cheesy old ballad was actually quite catchy! She looks over to where the stereo is placed, but sees no one, so heads over to get a closer look. On inspection she discovers a bizarre and spooky-looking doll buried under the snow beside the radio. As she cleans the frost away from its woe-be-tired face, we see the first shots of the mysterious killer as he begins skating towards the hapless female in the distance. Christie looks up to catch the assailant charging in her direction, which is shot in superb slo-mo and backed with some perfectly orchestrated work from Paul Zaza. She soon realises that this uninvited guest doesn't have her best intentions at heart, when he raises a scythe above his head and decapitates the dolly that she was clenching in her hands! After an apprehensive pursuit through the snow-coated trees and an unexpected jump-scare, lets just say, that the world has one less season ticket holder to the local ice rink! It truly is a brilliant experience watching the superbly deranged psychopath in the old-hag mask skate up in slow-framed shots, while the victim struggles to make sense of the situation. The tension was literally impeccable, and Donaldson's decent performance as the petrified youngster made it all the more realistic, somehow. You'll be hard-pushed to find a more memorable sequence anywhere in slasher cinema. It's one defining moment that can boast coming across as genuinely terrifying. The final chase was equally as suspenseful, utilising a superb use of lighting and claustrophobic trappings to create a fitting final to a competent offering. The prop-room location gives Ciupka a chance to shine as he makes the most of his previous experience, chucking in tonnes of striking moments. These include: flashing lights revealing the killer hiding in the back of a beaten up Mini, then disappearing when the camera returns; and the quick cuts through shots of strung up mannequins and even a corpse , which are accompanied by the dieing screams of an unfortunate female. The patent credibility allows this to stand alone - as privileged to possessing its own unique environment that separates it from the rest of its production-line counterparts. It's hard to describe, but Curtains has a matchless ambiance that remains unparalleled, even today. It's hard to maintain whether it's down to the constant haunting shots of spacious corridors ending in spooky bright lights, the above-average editing or Zaza's terrific score. But one thing is for certain; it's definitely huge on atmosphere right the way up to the conclusion. Even the weaker points of the feature aren't all that bad. Although admittedly, the artsy ballet scene and the rape sequence were overlong, somewhat random and fundamentally inexplicable.Another bonus is the good work from the cast, which is filled with actors that have more undiscovered talent than any kind of reputation or A-list credibility. John Vernon makes a competent - if a little theatrical lead, earning kudos for expelling any pleads for sympathy, while Eggar does a good job as the essential red herring or is she? . But it's Lynne Griffin that really steals the show from everyone else. The dynamic little Canadian actress gets the chance to make up for her disappointingly brief role in Black Christmas, in which she spent most of her screen-time playing a corpse in the attic, with a bag over her head no fair! Here, she gives a fantastic portrayal, switching between emotions of anxiety, fear, insecurity and anger, even taking the time to include a stand up comedy show. No, Really! I've already mentioned the tremendous use of music, but it's also worth noting the final piece that plays over the end credits. It's a beautifully composed melody that makes the most of the talented musicianship that Ciupka certainly took to his advantage. The flaws are all mostly due to the problematic production. Even though we're unable to tell exactly how much the shoot was affected by the unfortunate occurrences, Ciupka having to use a pseudonym when the film was released proves that it certainly wasn't a rose garden. Some of the characters are far too under developed and one or two of them even remain nameless. It's impossible to pick your choice for surviving girl, because not one of the actresses was on screen long enough to display their individual characteristics, which also had a devastating affect on the mystery. It is a surprise when the killer is revealed; but to be honest, it could have been absolutely anybody, we're not offered any real clues or motives. What
How far would you go to become famous? (by pain93)
...Well how far would you go to become famous? Apparently, in this film it means murder. 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 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 realizing that he intends to leave her there indefinitely and audition six young women of various professions for the <more>
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 in the old hag mask? one of the Great hidden slashers with a few great death scenes. Not bad acting, and a creepy hag mask worn by the killer someone you will never think of btw . I love this flick, and wish there would be a DVD release, but unfortunately there isn't! Curtains brings a few good things to the slasher genre. Best scene in the film is the ice skating scene, anyway worth a watch! 8/10
A classy slasher film with a scary killer (by forecastfortoday)
This film is very tricky. You want to call it a slasher film because of it's murders, it's creepy killer, it's isolated environment but it is actually hard to call it a slasher since it has much more back story and mystery to it.The movie is mainly about a group of young, pretty actresses who want to star in a movie called Audra. The group of women go to this audition at the director's house. After about one night of the girls getting to know each other, the competition is starting to kill off some of the girls. The sub plot consists of the actress who was originally going to <more>
star in the movie Samantha Eggar escaping a mental institute after the director John Vernon leaves her there after she asks to be committed to research her character's role as an unhinged woman. The murders don't really pick up until Samantha comes to the house to get her role in the movie back.There are many disturbing and atmospheric elements in this movie such as the presence of a really ugly doll, several creepy props found in a prop cellar, and the killer's grotesque appearance. Also at the same time there are some cliché elements to the movie such as the use of a final girl, two very well directed chase scenes, and a red herring that turns out to be useless. Two things I love out of this entire movie are the chase scenes. You have a scary hag killer with a sickle chasing Lesleh Donaldson in figure skates on a frozen river in broad daylight! and then at the end you have the killer chasing the final girl Sandee Currie in a large prop cellar with hallways lined with mannequins, costumes, fake weapons, and dead bodies. My favorite character would have to be Patti Lynne Griffin... you know, the girl in Black Christmas that had the plastic bag over her head the whole movie . The entire movie you really want her to survive because she's very likable and very funny, which luckily she manages to not be killed by the crazy killer but I won't spoil the ending.In conclusion, this movie is a nice little horror story that manages to rely more on atmosphere and suspense instead of violence and nudity throughout the movie. The acting is pretty good, the dialogue isn't bad, and the scary scenes are artistic and very well drawn out.
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, <more>
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.
A director John Vernon from Killer Klowns, Animal House and Dirty Harry , trying to find the perfect actress for his next movie play? , invites 6 young up-and-comings to his giant, spooky mansion in the snow covered mountains for a weekend of challenges to find who's perfect for the role. But, someone wants the role bad enough to kill the other girls. Could it be the woman who originally had the part, but was sent away to the mental institution? It starts with one of the 6 young actresses being killed before the weekend even starts, which fits perfectly to Brooke Parsons' plans, the <more>
older actress who originally had the role until she got stuck in an insane asylum while studying for the part.We meet the girls, who are all great actresses in the movie and in real life and have a colorful horror movie history: Samantha Eggar from The Brood, Lynne Griffin, the girl who died first in the original Black Christmas, Sandee Currie from Terror Train, Lesleh Donaldson, first girl to die in Happy Birthday to Me, and Micheal Wincott playing a boyfriend from Alien: Resurrection and The Crow.We get some creepy doll suspense-building scenes, than we get down to the steak and potatoes. One of the best chase scenes ever, which we've all heard of, the infamous ice skating chase decapitation scene which ends with a head in the toilet! Than, we get a lot of surprisingly entertaining character-building. We get the slut, who sleeps with the director to get the role, the party animal who lives in the jacuzzi with her boyfriend, the prissy dancer who luckily dies next in a dull, but surprising, death scene and the funny lovable comic who wants to be a serious actress.So anywho, the girls are getting worried. The ice skater, the dancer, and the boyfriend are all missing, not to mention that girl who never showed up. So, suspicions rise to the point where someone, not in the usual killer getup, goes to the director's room and shoots him and the slut to death, and have them fly through the window to the ground, next to the jacuzzi in which the boyfriend's dead body is floating in.All of this terror climax of the movie, people is found by the party animal girl While the comic and old actress are no where to be found , who then embarks on the second great chase scene into the bottom areas of the mansion, full of costumes and creepy dolls. The girl hides in a vent until the killer goes away. Phew. She opens the vent to escape. Okay, we all know what's going to happen now. Or do we? In a surprise twist, the killer grabs her FROM the vent and pulls her back in, screaming and kicking to her off-screen fate.So now the lovable comic is in the kitchen, drunk as a skunk apparently. The old actress comes in. She's the killer, obviously. She explains how she shot the slut and the director to death! But the others... she didn't touch. DUM DUM DUM DUM- in a twist that's been called "Scooby Doo"-ish, the Lovable comic is the REAL killer! She killed all the girls except the slut, who the old actress got rid of for her so she could get the part, and than she kills the final survivor and the camera fuzzes over to show her in an insane asylum, telling the same stand up she was telling when we first met her.
I had heard great things about this film, so I decided to give it a chance. The first thing that came to mind while watching it was it's style. It's a very slick movie for a low budget slasher.I won't go into the plot because if you are reading this, you probably already know the plot. The acting is exceptional from all. Samantha Eggar, John Vernon, Lesleh Donaldson, and Linda Thorson all head line. Ms. Eggar is definitely the best, as she is given the most meat to her role. That brings me to another point, which is that most of the characters are so carelessly developed that you <more>
forget their names. The last victim in particular I had a hard time remembering who she was and where she came from.The stalk scenes are very effective, due in no small part to Paul Zazza Prom Night series, My Bloody Valentine 's eerie score. The highlight is a somewhat groundbreaking stalk in the middle of the day, which is surprisingly the scariest part of the movie.At least worth a rental. If you see it previously viewed at your video store, pick it up. You most likely will not regret it.
"Curtains" is a pretty good slasher.It's well-made and genuinely creepy.The scene with the killer coming across the ice with the sickle is extremely scary!The film isn't as good as Bob Clark's brilliant "Black Christmas" 1974 ,but still it has some very suspenseful moments.The killer wears an ugly mask which makes him/her even more menacing.There is not enough gore for my liking,but I'd still recommend this little gem to horror fans!
8/10 Though forgotten, 'Curtains' remains one of my personal favorite horror gems (by pain933)
Because of the success of John Carpenter's 1978 classic 'Halloween' the next decade would be forever inspired and cashing in on the success of the slasher picture. And thus we have 1983's little known 'Curtains' Stars Samantha Eggar, John Vernon are our two leads as she plays aging actress Samantha Sherwood , who perhaps once was a star and great is no more and is still hungry for a career , he plays Director Jonathan Stryker. A cruel, tough and demanding director who will stop at nothing for perfection from his cast.We meet both characters at the opening shot of the <more>
film, which instantly pulls you in but turns out to be nothing but a red herring. You see, Samantha desperately wants the role of the mad 'Audra' in Stryker's new project and goes so far to convince that she's the one, she has herself committed to an insane asylum. But Stryker does the unthinkable as he leaves her there to rot and brings six other potential woman for a casting session at his secluded wooded home. When Samantha learns of this, she escapes I might add with the help of a friend who's face we never see determined to pay Stryker back and get the role in her hands. So as the woman arrive at Stryker's so does Samantha. Then they are all snowed in and one by one they are getting killed off. Someone wants the part bad. Is it Samantha determined and ready to pay Stryker back? Is it Stryker himself? Or is one of the other actresses wanting her chance at fame? Who is the killer in the old hag mask? The answer may surprise you as there seems to be many potential suspects as well as victims lurking around...'Curtains' although, began production in 1980 wasn't completed until 1983 where it had a disaster release. Critics hated it, no one really cared to see it. Boy did they miss out. It is said the film was havoc to complete hence the three year production Richard Ciupka was signed on to direct but in the middle of filming left due to on going disagreements and feuds with producer Peter Simpson. It was then Simpson took the director's chair himself This is why the film's director on the credits has been addressed as the pseudonym of Johnathon Stryker and the film went on going re-shoots and rewrites, one actress who signed on in the beginning Celine Lomez was fired due to the fact that producer Peter Simpson felt she couldn't act He stated this in an interview with the website the 'The Terror Trap' it is also rumored she wouldn't do full frontal nudity. Her replacement, Linda Thorsen does however not do any either. The film at one point was even shelved for a year!So, with all the problems, 'Curtains' eventually was given the standard 80's VHS release, and still hasn't found it's way on DVD, which is such a shame, due to the fact that it needs a release.So, to break it down, let's talk about the bad first-The film has POOR character development for some characters This might be due to the production problems The pacing is a bit slow, so if you like your films slow well, here you are. But the main problem And this is for sure the production problems kick in in is that the film feels like two films in one. Some scenes are pure 80's slasher, some are more artsy, some are dramatic. It's all over the place and never maintains enough balance. The killer is way out in left field and there isn't much motivation for there reasoning.The good- The music is VERY well done and quite chilling. Two death scenes are pure classic, the famous ice skating scene and the climax prop shed chase, both scenes are done very clever, have surprising jolts and terrifying results. The prop shed scene feels artsy and they both include a very clever and good use of slow motion. The acting, even the smaller roles, are all great, Eggar and Vernon really know what they're doing Is it possible that Eggar was able to portray her role so well because it was similar to her life? She was an aging actress with a steadily downhill career Lesleh Donaldson is a delight as well as Lynne Griffin who really makes you laugh and want her to be the 'final girl''Curtains' while slasher film, also tells the story of basic Hollywood, after all, the older you get, the more the town abandons you, as the case for Samantha. It's also about what people will do to clime the ladder, after all, the film embarks on one good question once you really think about it, how desperate are you to become famous?
Curtains is an underrated Canadian flick directed by Richard Ciupka. Ciupka's name isn't plastered on horror memorabilia to purchase wholesale but a resurgence of interest for Curtains has grown increasingly over the years. You won't find Richard's name during the film's opening credits - in the place of director you'll see the name Jonathan Stryker, a character within the story. This was done to avoid putting Ciupka's name on the film for what reason I do not know. Part of the team that helped create Curtains is UK-born producer Peter Simpson of Prom Night 1 <more>
& 2 fame and the classically trained Canadian pianist and composer Paul Zaza; praised within the community as the man responsible for scoring Prom Night 1-4 and 1981's My Bloody Valentine. This talented team was met with difficulty, however, as the film saw 3 years worth of re-shoots and re-casting after filming began in 1980. As a result of so many set-backs, Curtains was finally released in March of 1983.The story opens with two characters: famous method actress Samantha Sherwood and well known director Jonathan Stryker. As a powerhouse couple, Stryker creates a film called Audra about an unstable woman with a vindictive personality towards men. His intentions are to cast his lover, Sherwood, as the lead role but after seeing her mock performance he proposes the idea of performing background research in a mental institution. After a violent but believable performance the two convince the staff at the institution to commit Samantha; allowing her full access to the grounds and to personally witness the mental deficiencies of the patients. Meanwhile Stryker holds an audition for the role of Audra without Samantha knowing - extending the offer to a small group of girls to audition at his mansion. Angered immensely, Samantha escapes from the asylum and confronts Jonathan at his home; joining the troupe of actresses that are all competing for the same role. In addition, a young actress who was sent an invitation did not arrive but was murdered instead. Six women, along with Stryker, must live in a tense household over the course of a few days while strange events plague the atmosphere.Actor John Vernon portrays the character of Jonathan Stryker in this suspenseful tale. His resume is filled to the brim with 50 years worth of television appearances and film roles - two of which that I can recall is an episode of Tales from the Crypt in 1992 and the 1976 western starring Clint Eastwood, The Outlaw Josey Wales. Samantha Eggar also plays a role in this film as...you guessed it...Samantha Sherwood. I drew a connection to her after her appearance in David Cronenberg's horror classic The Brood. Without debate the strong suit of Curtains lies in this decision; casting the two strongest thespians as the lead roles. The other cast involved is acceptable, too, and those are strong words when you mention this around the word "Slasher."Zaza's composition for the musical score is brilliant because it utilizes the sound of a classic piano. Many films from the 1980's relied more on an experimental and synth-based medium which remains a distinguishable feature from the decade. It's refreshing to hear Zaza's rendition during this period because I believe it works in conjunction with the set design. While on that topic, Stryker's mansion houses a basement that features old theater props and equipment. The creators of the film accentuated this by adding manikins that intensify each scene. How many of you who have shared similar feelings while walking through unlit rooms in a theatre? If this is something you've experienced then getting on-board with this idea is effortless. Naturally these segments that I mention occur at the tale-end of Curtains but working to obtain this goal transitions smoothly without any major plot hiccups. Unlike the previous film that I reviewed, The Prey, Curtains paces itself correctly without incessant time-wasting techniques and pointless footage.The killer bears the mask of an elderly crone; definitely not the most original concept to hide the face of the killer by using a mask ***insert Halloween reference here*** but the inclusion of this didn't come across as a cheap knock-off. It would be outrageous to think that fans of Halloween require notification before a masked visage is adopted into a film post 1978 so the fact that Curtains embraces a familiar approach shouldn't be seen as a rip-off. Besides, the premises differ greatly so any quarreling among horror fans should remain null.I enjoyed Curtains - it incorporates chilling surroundings with a well- thought-out screenplay that help boost the film above the droves of Slasher films that litter the '80's. If casual fans still appreciate early Slasher titles, they may enjoy it too.