A Simcon Limited Release
Original Theatrical Release Date: March 4th, 1983
Another creepy Canadian picture makes my list this year. I mean seriously, I can never have enough of these kinds of movies. Curtains was a film that started shooting in 1980 and was plagued by many production problems. The director himself took his name off the movie. Cheekily the producers credited "Jonathan Stryker" as the director as that was the name of the director in the movie itself, and played to the hilt by John Vernon (Animal House) no less.
Curtains, though it has it's flaws, remains a favorite because it goes against the mold of the films of that era. Instead of teenagers we get a largely adult cast (who are all pretty good) and there's a certain sense of class on display here, rather than the crude. Yet, the film doesn't fail to shock. There are some standout moments here that people just don't forget. Just mention hag mask and ice rink to any horror fan and they'll know what movie you're talking about. Plus one of the plot devices uses one of cinema's most creepy dolls. You have to love a movie that utilizes a creepy doll to illicit some terror.
Thank you, and goodnight!