Curtains (1983)





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This derivative Canadian thriller plays like a distaff version of Samuel Fuller's cult classic Shock Corridor fused rather crudely to a standard mad-slasher plot. The story takes place primarily at the country villa of a sleazy horror film director (scenery-chomping John Vernon), where auditions for the title role of his new film Audra are taking place. The casting session is called after the film's intended star had herself committed to an asylum in order to properly research her Frances Farmer-type role, then found herself unable to get out. It comes as little surprise, then, that the six actresses vying for the plum role in her absence are not long for this world, as a witch-masked marauder is wandering the premises with some well-honed implements. This film's surprisingly stylish look is probably due to the initial direction of acclaimed cinematographer Richard Ciupka, but the film was actually completed by a pseudonymous replacement. (The credited director, "Jonathan Stryker," is actually the name of Vernon's character.) ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi
Drama , Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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Samantha Eggar
as Samantha Sherwood
John Vernon
as Jonathan Stryker
Kate Lynch
as Receptionist
William Marshall
as Attendant
Booth Savage
as Amanda's Boyfriend
Virginia Leith
as Screamer
Lynne Griffin
as Patti O'Connor
Linda Thorson
as Brooke Parsons
James Kidnie
as Attendant
Donald Adams
as Ward Attendant
Sandee Currie
as Tara DeMillo
Katya Ladan
as Inmate
Bunty Webb
as Tickler
Anne Ditchburn
as Laurian Summers
Calvin Butler
as Dr. Pendleton
Vivian Reis
as TV Laugher
Lesley Donaldson
as Christie Burns
Sandra Warren
as Tara Demillo
Joanne McIntyre
as Secretary
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Critic Reviews for Curtains

All Critics (4)

It's a mess, but an entertaining one thanks to Ciupka's visual ambition and ensemble work from the oddball cast, who deliver the proper level of hysteria to assist what little suspense remains.

Full Review… | September 26, 2014

On the positive side, there's Vernon and Eggar even being in the film. I enjoy these veteran actors and wish they had more to do. You can also argue the killer's mask is pretty scary. And, at least, the ice skating murder is original.

Full Review… | July 31, 2014
Movie Chambers

The closer one peers into the weird and macabre pleasures of "Curtains," the more its technical mastery and subtextual implications reveal themselves.

Full Review… | July 23, 2014

Nothing great, I assure you, but it's a bit better (especially in terms of atmosphere) than your run-of-the-mill slasher flick.

December 10, 2008

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October 31, 2005

I'm getting sick of watching all these old "cult" slashers which turn out to be even worse than most of the recent slashers.

Full Review… | October 3, 2004

Audience Reviews for Curtains


A thriller and a slasher horror movie. I enjoyed it. There are some really creepy scenes, and strange things that happen to confuse you about the killer. It's not a really great movie, but it's good for a lesser known slasher flick.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer


Wildly uneven 80's slasher with huge gaps in both logic and plot. The mask and the toilet scene however are to be commended.

A.D. Villarreal
A.D. Villarreal

Super Reviewer


Decent film with a somewhat cool killer, atmosphere, music, and the storyline that make it worth watching. .

John Me
John Me

Super Reviewer

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