Saturday, October 22, 2011
Dir: Richard Cuipka
John Stryker (John Vernon) a popular director and his main actress Samantha Sherwood are planning on making a movie adaptation of a story Sherwood bought the rights to entitled "Audra". The story is about a crazy woman who looses her mind and becomes a blood thirsty killer. In order to get into the role and research, Samantha goes to a therapist along with Styrker and attacks him violently in order to get herself committed into a Insane Asylum. The longer she stays inside she begins to drift into actual madness. Stryker now feeling she is incapable of playing the role due to her condition, He decides to go ahead with the film and he scouts out 6 potential actresses for the leading role. He invites the girls to his house for a series of auditions.
Later at Strykers place we meet the rest of the pack which consists of Veteran actress Brooke Parsons, Patti O' Conner a stand up comedian,Laura Summers Ballerina,Tara Demillo musician, Christie Burns a figure skater,The male lead Matthew and a surprising return of Samantha Sherwood. Stryker is not happy t see Sherwood as he says right away she is not going to get the part. From here Stryker puts the girls through several tests and seductions on his casting couch to weed out the weaker links in the pack. Burns is the first to fall for Strykers smooth moves as she reluctantly gives into his bodily demands. The very next morning she is killed while skating in the woods, After she finds the strange doll buried in the snow. The scene while not gory does manage to be suspenseful and is very well shot and we see the killer in the old lady mask wielding a scythe while on ice skates which makes for a very creepy scene.
Curtains is a interesting take on the Slasher genre, Focusing more on the character development and suspence rather than the stalk and slash , gore aspect. I do feel the film could have benefited from having at least one giory kill just to make it more memorable as the rest of the film is well acted , written and the cinematography is very good being somewhat reminiscent of a early Italian Giallo flick as opposed to the traditional American Slasher. The director of this film truly knows what he wanted to do with the camera and he gets everything out of a scene he can, Being an established cinematographer prior to this film , working on some exploitation classics such as The Ilsa Series and some others. Newer Horror fans may find this one a little boring due to the lack of gore and I think that is what has kept this film from achieving cult status like some other lesser known slashers like Prowler,The Burning among others. Curtains is very well made and if you can get passed the lack of blood it is one heck of a slasher but when two of the main ingredients of making that genre successful are missing such as blood and boobs, You are bound to lose some of the desired audience. I do however feel this one is worth a watch for fans of the genre if only to prove it is not necessary to have such things in order to make a successful horror flick as sometimes the scenery and suspense can accomplish the same unsettling feel without going in for the shock and awe effect.
Overall: 6.5 out of 10