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Curtain

Saturday, March 26 @ 11:59pm  |  Brattle Theatre

2015 | USA | 74 minutes
Director: Jaron Henrie-McCrea
Screenwriters: Carys Edwards, Jaron Henrie-McCrea
Cast: Danni Smith, Tim Lueke, Martin Monahan

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Something strange is afoot. There’s a mysterious portal to another dimension in the bathroom and it’s hungry for … shower curtains?

Danni, a burnt out nurse, moves into a New York apartment, sprucing it up in an attempt at exerting simplicity in her life. Unaware of the flummoxing fate of her abode’s previous tenant, she discovers there’s no such thing as simple in this world, or in any other, when her shower curtains begin to disappear through a mysterious interdimensional portal in the wall.

Where does this bedeviling gateway beyond the ceramic tiling lead? Why is this ingress ingesting…shower curtains? And most importantly, what hungry menace awaits on the other side? It’s up to Danni and her colleague Tim to find out, as they embark on an investigation rife with surprises and unimaginable horror in this oddball gem of quirk and ingenuity.

Jaron Henrie-McCrea’s heartfelt, lo-fi follow-up to his debut Pervertigo is an awe-inspiring meld of Hitchcock and Henenlotter that uses any and every course to hand. Henrie-McCrea conjures up a world of creepy conduits, cults and crazies with a touching, deft sensitivity that’ll hook and delight on its madcap odyssey.

In spite of its microbudget, Curtain delivers magnificent visuals aided by simple, entertainingly effective special effects, imbuing this unique tale with many unexpected twists – each adroitly handled, building to an eye-popping climax with a side order of insanity.

There is unlikely to be another 75 minutes in 2016 that is as jam-packed and entertaining as Curtain. A stark reminder of how charming, entertaining, and sharp cinema can be when helmed by someone with a keen eye.

– Evrim Ersoy

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