Curtains (1983 film)
Curtains is a 1983 Canadian horror film directed by Richard Ciupka, written by Robert Guza Jr., and starring John Vernon, Samantha Eggar, Linda Thorson and Lynne Griffin. A slasher film and a narrative about theater and filmmaking, the plot focuses on a group of actresses targeted by a masked killer at a prestigious director's remote mansion where they are auditioning for a role in a movie.
Shooting began in late 1980 and had a markedly troubled production, with multiple re-writes and re-shoots that spanned nearly three years, ending in director Richard Ciupka detaching his name from the project. The film premiered in the United States in March 1983, and was released theatrically in Canada that fall. Though a critical and box office failure, the film became a staple of late night television, only to later receive attention through word of mouth among genre fans, many of whom cite the Lesleh Donaldson '"ice skating scene" as the memorable highlight.
Samantha Sherwood, a beautiful actress and muse for director Jonathan Stryker, has herself committed to a mental institution as method preparation for the titular role of a mentally unstable woman in a film called Audra. Once finding out Stryker is letting a new group of girls audition for the role of Audra, she escapes the asylum for revenge.