Curtains [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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Curtains is about a group of actresses who head up to a directors secluded house in the middle of nowhere one snowy weekend (never a good idea in horror movies). They are all competing for the much wanted lead role in the latest film and the idea is the weekend is for auditions to allow the director (played with much sleazy charm by John Vernon) to select the ideal candidate. However it seems that the girls are up there as much to allow the director to get his rocks off. To make matters worse his previous leading lady (played by Samantha Eggar) recently released from the asylum arrives and wants her role back. Also a black gloved killer in a frankly creepy as hell mask is offing the group one by one and has brought a creepy doll as well!
Curtains is a frankly odd, on occasion senseless and strangely plotted Canadian slasher picture that was shot, then re-shot and hastily edited to make a more commercial picture. The original director shot a slow paced, artsy "psychological thriller" (a fancy term for a genre picture with pretensions) however the producer wanted a straight up exploitation picture. What we get is a weird hybrid of both, kind of like a celluloid brundlefly. Two wildly different pictures welded together and fused on some genetic level to form an odd yet strangely memorable mutant picture. The opening takes too long, thanks to some judicious pruning whole plot details and at least one character are left abandoned and whole portions of the film make little sense.
Fortunately for everyone involved the film works in spite of itself and has become something of a cult picture.Read more ›
The second act involves Vernon inviting 6 actresses up to his secluded villa where they will perform to see who gets the job. However the wife has returned and someone is killing off the actresses- however it may not be who you think?
The acting is very good for what it is and Vernon as usual is good. Some scenes finish with a closed curtain which is a neat idea and the final quarter of an hour are very good. Gorehounds will be disappointed as there is no blood in this one. All in all Curtains is a good movie, certainly rewatchable, but our characters and storyline needed to be padded out a bit more. There are some outstanding scenes though, the ice skating one being a particular standout.
Finally the Region 1 is the only way to go with this movie, picture wise the film has been restored to 2k so you really need to forget the Region 2 version, and anyway currently on this site, the R1 is bizarrely the cheaper of the two. There's tons of extras on here too, audio commentaries (though not with the director) and a making of featurette.
boy was i let down.This is an atrocious copy.!Obviously taken from video,could the distributor not even get their hands on the master.Colours drab,sound awful....This film has not been done justice,i still own the video of this film and the quality of that is much better than this dvd offering.If your a big fan you'll buy this to have this in your collection,but trust me you'll be disappointed the quality.
Started in 1980 as a supernatural tinged slasher, Curtains was released in 1983 as a fairly, though not entirely. straight murder mystery. The deaths are prefigured by the appearance of a very creepy doll and the atmosphere is dreamlike, with many odd touches. The screen wipes swish from side to side like the theatre curtains from which the film derives its title. The opening kill is incredibly un-PC and the ice skating murder is one of the greats.
The cast is almost a who's who of minor slasher actresses . It stars Lynne Griffin(Black Christmas), Sandee Currie ( Terror Train)and Lesleh Donaldson (Funeral Home, Happy Birthday to Me). Plus you get Linda Thorson(the Avengers).
Curtains is a great example of sub genre.
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forget the dvd go for this one much much better then the old dvd that was put out years ago
finally good picture and sound to and some great extra s
this is pretty poor, at times it feels really messy and jumbled and its all quite tame,very little works, odd half decent death aside i couldnt recommend this to you unless i hated... Read morePublished 21 months ago by sean paul mccann
Samantha Sherwood has worked with director Jonathan Stryker on all his major films.
She assumes she has been the title role in his latest venture. Read more