Mister Smith Drive-In: The 13 Halloween Movies – Curtains (1983) | Culture & Leisure


Hello again, neighbor. We stepped out of 2021 and back in the 80s for the ninth film in our 13 Halloween Movie Adventure: “Curtains” from 1983.

“Curtains” is a film about acting actors. I don’t mean it like it’s a Meryl Streep drama; movies like these usually don’t feature human heads floating down the toilet. “Curtains” is literally about a group of actors in a mansion auditioning for a movie role and getting picked up one by one by an abuser wearing an ill-fitting old lady mask. Is the killer a stranger thirsty for revenge? Or is the killer among them: an actress desperate to get the role of her life?

“Curtains” is all about the wrong direction and performance, and as a result, the story has enough of a mystery that you are wondering what is really going on. Just when you think you get it, your prime suspect is found floating face down in a hot tub, and the mystery continues.

“Curtains” presents two scenes that will be immediately recognizable by the people of our neighborhood. First, a pouty doll standing in the middle of the road in the pouring rain, arms outstretched for a hug – or a trap. Second, the old lady’s killer hides the ice skate with a sickle towards a potential victim. Clips of these scenes appear all the time in gifs or super-cut compilations, and for good reason: they’re as disturbing in context as they are. I don’t know what it is, neighbor; there’s just something overwhelmingly scary about dolls that look a little too human and something that moves slowly, steadily towards the camera right at you.

These sequences alone make “Curtains” worth recommending for a first time watch. I don’t know if Callie and I will see him again soon as he seemed a bit restrained and pretentious. It does make sense though, given that all of the characters are egocentric actors or directors. Add to that the producer, Peter Simpson, apparently intended for this film to be an “adult” slasher starring adult characters and aimed at older audiences instead of a standard slasher featuring mostly young characters intended for older audiences. to a younger audience. It’s a strange mix that didn’t always allow me to land. Callie only perked up for the murder scenes.

We will give “Curtains” three stars. It’s an original take on a subgenre that already had an established formula when it was released, and if you’re curious about slashers but your gore ache, “Curtains” might just be your thing. speed.

Then we go back in time to the present day again, but until then: could you go, would you go, wouldn’t you go to our drive-in?

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