Curtain

Curtain - A Short Horror Comedy from Parallactic Pictures on Vimeo.

News

  • Curtain now has an official site!
  • Curtain is now online. Watch it above or on Vimeo.
  • Curtain will be playing the Minneapolis Underground Film Festival in August.
  • Poster for Curtain tears it up.
  • The trailer for Curtain is here.  Watch it on Vimeo.

Praise for Curtain:

"The undisputed best short of the collection was Curtain, which featured a succubus, a strap-on dildo, and the most hellish lease agreement ever committed to paper. If you somehow manage to get a chance to see Curtain, do so without reservation." - Collider.com

"The stand outs for me were Dennis Widmyer’s Curtain, a horror-comedy where a couple rents a new apartment with a bizarre shower curtain that is to not be removed lest they release a succubus. Clever, well shot, and filled with laughs, it’s worth tracking down." - Film Threat

"Fest regulars Dennis Widmyer and Justin Duprie, who hails from Corpus, wrote and produced the exceptional horror-comedy short Curtain, which makes The Exorcist look tame by comparison." - Slackerwood.com

"A lot of fun and some great demon effects. And definitely watch out for Mr. Pokeyman." - Professor Wagstaff

Dennis Widmyer & Justin Duprie during the 'Curtain' Q&A at Fantastic Fest. Photo taken by Jack Plunkett Dennis Widmyer on stage during the Q&A for 'Curtain' at Fantastic Fest.  Photo by Jack Plunkett

Summary

An unemployed deadbeat runs into a heap of girl-trouble when he's forced to choose the lesser of two evils: the succubus haunting his bathtub or the psychotic girlfriend lying in his bedroom.

"Do not remove the shower curtain!" Thus reads the cardinal rule of the lease agreement that James and Melanie have just signed.  A new apartment with a weird landlord is nothing new, but when the shower curtain in question resembles something out of the Crusades, one has to wonder.  This mystery soon reveals itself in the ghostly form of a deranged woman leering out from the shower while James takes a late night piss.  Certain now that something is very wrong, James researches the history of the apartment and soon realizes that the bathroom is haunted by the exorcised demon of a previous tenant.  A succubus, to be precise.  Now, with a kinky girlfriend in the bedroom and a horny demon in his bathroom, James never knew being desired could be such a frightening prospect.

John Hermann in 'Curtain' Natasha Snow-Needles in 'Curtain'

John Hermann Paige Kimball

Paige Kimball in 'Curtain' Maria Olsen in 'Curtain'

Production just wrapped on my short horror film Curtain.  Inspired by a series of mysterious details littering the new apartment my girlfriend and I moved into this past August, I came up with the storyline for Curtain.  The tone of the film gets away from the bleakness of some of my previous movies and instead, focuses more on fun, energy, sexiness, gross-out moments and of course, big scares.

Curtain was written and directed by myself, Dennis Widmyer and produced by Justin Duprie.  In my corner was my long-time collaborator Kevin Kolsch, serving as Assistant Director and Script Supervisor.  Cinematography was done by Martim Vian and Meena Singh, two graduates of AFI who each brought their talents and energy to the film and helped lead an enthusiastic crew.  Special FX make-up on our succubus was performed by the talented team of Erin Dell'amore (A Nightmare on Elm Street 2010, Fringe) and Ryk Fortuna (The Wolfman, District 9, and The Lord of the Rings).

 

The film stars Jon Hermann as 'James', the weak-willed "hero" who encounters the succubus.  His girlfriend is played by Natasha Needles, a role that could be the most evil character I've ever written.  Paige Kimball scored the part of Victoria, the landlady who rents the apartment and knows its terrible secret.  And our succubus was owned by the extremely talented Maria Olsen, who humbled me with her positive attitude and endurance for make-up (4 hours of it!).