02nd Sep2015

Frightfest 2015: ‘Curtain’ Review

by Phil Wheat

Stars: Danni Smith, Tim Lueke, Martin Monahan, Rick Zahn, Preston Lawrence | Written by Jaron Henrie-McCrea, Carys Edwards | Directed by Jaron Henrie-McCrea

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Danni moves into a New York apartment and starts sprucing the place up. She doesn’t know the previous tenant committed suicide in very strange circumstances. Nor does she know there’s a mysterious portal to another dimension in the bathroom that’s hungry for… shower curtains! But where does this unusual gateway hidden behind the white tiling lead? That’s what Danni and her whale-saving workmate Tim decide to find out. It’s an investigation into a unique phenomenon full of surprise and unimaginable horror as they both enter The Yonder.

Sometimes there are films that, despite having a cohesive synopsis (see above), actually defy a traditional narrative explanation. Rubber is one such film, Curtain is another… Yet both share a similar sense of “WTF am I watching” fascination that holds your attention way beyond any conventional plot could.

However whereas Rubber played its strange tale for laughs, Curtain keeps things straight. Very straight. So much so that you never question why there is a portal to another dimension in Danni’s bathroom, or how it got there. It’s there, it causes havoc and we should fear it. For all intents and purposes the idea shouldn’t work, it should be laughable, but it never is. As the film progresses and we discover (a little) more about the portal, the concept becomes even more terrifying…

It’s an odd reaction to have to a film, to fear something you probably SHOULD be laughing at. But it’s a credit to both the filmmakers and the cast that the laughs don’t come unless intended. That’s not to say audiences won’t have a lot of fun with Curtain. After all, with a wacky premise like this how can you not?

***½  3.5/5

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