Curtains (1983) - Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Hohum Score

96

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Six young actresses auditioning for a movie role at a remote mansion are targeted by a mysterious masked murderer.

IMDB: 5.7
Director: Richard Ciupka
Stars: John Vernon, Samantha Eggar
Length: 89 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 19 out of 76 found boring (25%)

One-line Reviews (67)

Too bad as the performances were quite agreeable with a feisty Samantha Eggar and sleazy John Vernon giving intense turns, while the likes of Linda Thorson, Lynn Griffin, Anne Ditchburn, Lesleh Donaldson and Sandee Currie had some standing out more so than others.

One of the most riveting scenes is when one actress slowly opens a blouse to caress the naked breast of one of the other actresses.

It offers a creepy masked killer and some exciting stalk and slash moments.

This stalking scene is long and seemingly pointless because we never really got to know this woman and her screen time seems truly excessive, compared to the more interesting actors that were just killed.

Many of these scenes are dull and just plain dumb and this gets in the way of some of the films momentum.

Obscure Canadian slasher Curtains boasts solid performances from a quality cast (John Vernon, Samantha Eggar and Linda 'Tara King' Thorsen) and has oodles of atmosphere, but suffers from a dearth of decent death scenes (only the oft-mentioned ice skating kill is at all memorable), a rather dreary pace, and a very silly ending that makes next to no sense (to me, at least).

Even though the dialogs are laughably inept, John Vernon still manages to deliver an engaging performance and he even compensates for the actresses' lack of talent.

The film also creates some very engaging characters such as stand-up comic and aspiring actress Patti O'Connor (lovely Lynne Griffin of the original "Black Christmas").

Director Jonathan Stryker's (John Vernon) perennial favorite leading lady, Samantha Sherwood (Samantha Eggar) is convinced by Stryker to commit herself into a mental institution for intense research for Stryker's new Horror film, Audra.

It shouldn't work at all and yet, somehow, it manages to be both compelling and terrifying.

It's pacing is fairly slow, the plot and acting questionable, and character's wooden.

This movie is one of the slowest and most boring slasher movies I've seen in a long time.

Curtains is an intriguing horror film of the slasher genre.

While this may sound cliché, the film has enough creativity on it's side for one not to really notice.

Director Richard Ciupka effectively uses its striking setting, crafting out some highly suspenseful cat-and-mouse moments like the ice skating attack and final chase sequence through some movie props.

It's far from perfect, but it's very suspenseful, and one of the better one's.

It is real uneven since multiple directors worked on this, however it still does offer a good premise and is rather intense and scary throughout.

The pace however is a bit slow and some scenes are edited in such a way that it adds confusion to the already fairly complicated plot.

Some creepy moments marred by the ponderous pace .

Generally dull variation on "And Then There Were None" .

It obvious that something happened behind the scenes and the mess that we can clearly see during this scene and everything else afterwards nearly destroys all the slow and quasi-meticulous work that went into the narrative/direction up to that point.

Hidden somewhere in this dated and predictable horror is a potential classic of the genre looking to escape.

This is incredibly jolting, as is the following when it simply refuses to give up it's grip even when a car is soon closing in on the scene and a race to free herself before the crash is just out-and-out suspenseful.

I thought it was better than most slasher films, which I'm bored of: Halloween, Child's Play, and those really lame Scream sequels.

Unfortunately it also bogs down into too many tedious scenes of the actresses auditioning for the fictional role.

What really hurts this one is the sheer confusion it projects.

This feels rather disjointed and is definitely the work of two colliding directors.

Actor John Vernon portrays the character of Jonathan Stryker in this suspenseful tale.

And thus we have intense scenes between the commanding character actor John Vernon, here playing a Kubrickian theatre director, and the poor, suffering actresses being tormented and pushed by him.

The photography and planning for the scene is at times breathtaking and Simpson's work is reminiscent of Argento's.

For me this classy Canadian low-budget psychotic slasher was let down by its fractured story, as while it started off stirringly strong (with its basis set in a mental asylum) it becomes a predictable cocktail of discreet dramas, thrills and red herrings (when it heads to a remote mansion in the snow covered woods with six ladies auditioning for a movie role) with a shock revelation that's weakly conceived despite the ambitious drive.

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!

A short but mildly suspenseful chase scene near the end.

And SLOW as all hell.

Even fans of these types of movies, where nothing happens until the absolute end, should avoid this movie.

The film isn't as good as Bob Clark's brilliant "Black Christmas"(1974),but still it has some very suspenseful moments.

No, the only thing interesting about this movie is the presence of Hollywood notables like John Vernon and Samantha Eggar, with Linda Thorson and a youthful Michael Wincott alongside them; the rest is merely sleep-inducing.

If you can get past the dull parts, 'Curtains' is a good slasher film with just the right amount of blood and don't forget about that scary doll.

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.

Instead, we get a lot of the hallmarks of the giallo, some technique with lighting and color, the use of adult cast, rather than generic teenage stereotypes, a doll that exists for no real plot reason and a killer with a creepy mask and a trademark weapon.

All in all this is a really entertaining slasher that deserves to be remembered.

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 scenes between Vernon and Eggar can be quite intense, particularly when they are challenging each other over Audra.

Boring .

It's a very slow-moving exercise; it takes almost a third of the movie to set up the situation, and there are only two murders in the movie's first hour of running time.

"Curtains" is a mess, a movie so ridiculously confusing and uneven that it finally becomes ridiculous.

Than, we get a lot of surprisingly entertaining character-building.

Some creepy moments and an atmospheric location, but "Curtains" is also ponderous and bloodless, which, for a slasher coming at the end of a cycle, is suicide.

There are some intriguing images used, as the forest of mannequins hanging from the ceiling is especially successful.

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!

Too artsy.

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.

The final chase sequence is equally as suspenseful and utilises a superb use of lighting and claustrophobic trappings to create a fitting finale to a competent offering.

Seeing pictures of that was intriguing.

There are enough death scenes to appease the gore crowd, and enough suspense and mood to engage the more narratively-inclined audience, and, while the film's disjointed production seeps into the final product, the parts are effective enough to take precedence over the sum.

It's an interesting and suspenseful mystery that remains intriguing from beginning to end; it's definitely worth viewing, especially if you're a slasher film fan.

The old cliché "they just don't make 'em like the used to" certainly apply and fans will see how these early films influenced the horror flicks of today.

Another one of those slashers from the eighties that disappeared without a trace, and on this occasion, its clear to see why it vanished, it's blooming boring.

Intriguing backstory?

Although this film has obvious weaknesses in the script, I found it to be highly entertaining.

John Vernon is rather despicable, but properly intense as Stryker.

Considering how troubled this production was, it's a miracle that it ended up being as coherent as it is, and that it's actually pretty damn entertaining.

The script is poorly written and very incoherent, nearly forcing the viewers to link bits & pieces of the story together themselves, but somehow the far-fetched events featuring in "Curtains" are fascinating and suspenseful to behold.

There is a fast paced and dramatic sequence involving Christie on the ice skating rink and i liked how Tara was developed more as a character towards the end of the film.

Curtains is a early slasher movie that uses the template that has now become the boring norm.

This movie was so boring, I barely made it to the end.

Curtains can't make up its mind and just stick with one of them, which gives the film a very disjointed (though, at times, nightmarish) feel.