- SKU: 25296213
- Release Date: 07/29/2014
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Ratings & Reviews
- The Ultimate Nightmare: The Making Of "Curtains" - an all-new retrospective featuring interviews with director Richard Ciupka, stars Lesleh Donaldson & Lynne Griffin, editor Michael MacLaverty, special make-up effects creator Greg Cannom, and composer Paul Zaza
- Ciupka - A Film-Maker in Transition: director Gordon Thorne's vintage documentary short, featuring rare behind-the-scenes footage form Curtains (Blu-ray exclusive)
- Audio commentary track featuring Lesleh Donaldson and Lynne Griffin
- Alternate audio track vintage interviews with producer Peter R. Simpson and star Samantha Eggar
- Theatrical trailer
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
Cast & Crew
- John Vernon - Jonathan Stryker
- Samantha Eggar - Samantha Sherwood
- Linda Thorson - Brooke Parsons
- Anne Ditchburn - Laurian Summers
- Lynne Griffin - Patti O'Connor
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