31 Days of ’80s Horror – Curtains

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Welcome to 31 Days of ’80s Horror boys and ghouls! Each day in October I’ll be posting about a horror film from the 1980s, some of which you may have heard of, others may be a little more obscure. This is the month to celebrate all things spooky so I wanted to present some films from my favorite era of the horror genre. I hope you enjoy the column and discover some new ’80s horror flicks to watch, or rewatch, whatever the case may be. I know I’ll be checking out some of these ghastly tales myself since I’ve come across a few that even I’ve never heard of! So on with the horror! On with the terror! On with the ’80s!

Curtains movie poster


The stage is finally set for “Audra,” Jonathan Stryker’s latest movie, to begin filming. His lead actress, Samantha Sherwood, has been in a psych ward preparing for the prized role…a role that Stryker plans to give to someone else while she does research at the institution. As six actresses arrive at Stryker’s mansion to audition, a deranged masked murderer stalks them one by one. Just who is behind the mask, and who will survive the final cut?

This 1983 slasher thriller features TV and film actor John Vernon (Killer Klowns from Outer Space and the Tales From the Crypt episode “Seance”), Samantha Egger (David Cronenberg’s The Brood),  Linda Thorson (the ’60s British TV series The Avengers), Lynne Griffin (Black Christmas), Michael Wincott (The Crow, Alien: Resurrection) and Blacula himself, William Marshall. The mask used in the film is creepy in a witchy-old lady kinda way and makes for a pretty unsettling but cool-looking movie poster. I’m not sure I understand the doll’s purpose in the movie but who doesn’t like a little creepy doll action to go with their slasher film?

How to watch Curtains

Curtains is currently available on DVD as part of The Midnight Horror Collection: Bloody Slashers set. It’s four movies for $5.34 (currently) so that’s a pretty low risk for discovering a new ’80s flick. (Buy Curtains on Amazon)


To see the other entries in the 31 Days of ’80s Horror column, click here!

by Ben McBride

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