An author suffering writer's block has to face his own demons when his best friend shows up with a completed manuscript, a publishing deal, and the publisher's daughter in tow. In his ... See full summary »

Director:

(as Scott A. Storm)

Writer:

Reviews
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Burn I (2012)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A documentary about Detroit told through the eyes of firefighters charged with the thankless task of saving a city that many have written off as dead.

Directors: Tom Putnam, Brenna Sanchez
Stars: Donald Austin, Brendan Doogie Milewski, Craig Dougherty
Public Access (1993)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

Brewster seems to be an almost too perfect example of idyllic small-town America, with everyone living in peace and harmony. So when newcomer Whiley Pritcher starts up his own local cable ... See full summary »

Director: Bryan Singer
Stars: Ron Marquette, Bert Williams, Leigh Hunt
Burn VI
Thriller

Ryan Hinds awakes inside a sealed industrial kiln. He is set challenges by a voice with no face, pushed to the limits of human endurance as the temperature within the kiln begins to rise.

Director: Giorgio Serafini
Stars: Eric Balfour, LaDon Drummond, Kristin Cochell
Vito (2011)
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

The story of Vito Russo, founding father of the gay liberation movement, author of "The Celluloid Closet," and vociferous AIDS activist in the 1980s.

Director: Jeffrey Schwarz
Stars: Phyllis Antonellis, Richard Barrios, Richard Berkowitz
Apt Pupil (1998)
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A boy blackmails his neighbour after suspecting him to be a Nazi war criminal.

Director: Bryan Singer
Stars: Ian McKellen, Brad Renfro, Joshua Jackson
Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Bright-eyed 18-year-old identical twin brothers come to Hollywood with the age-old dream of becoming stars. When they see the performers in front of the world-famous Grauman's Chinese ... See full summary »

Director: Darren Stein
Stars: Jessica Amento, Ken Barnett, Kevin Berntson
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A teenage boy's descent into the dangerous world of the Internet and the harrowing consequences of his actions. A true story.

Director: Andrew Douglas
Stars: Joanne Froggatt, Toby Regbo, Stephanie Leonidas
Spooked (TV Series 2014)
Comedy | Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A team of ghost hunters set out to investigate the awesomeness of the unknown.

Stars: Julian Curtis, Ashley Johnson, Neil Grayston
The Science of Superman (TV Movie 2006)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

"Science of Superman" interviews the experts and uses highlights from comic books, television and film - including scenes from the 2006 summer blockbuster, "Superman Returns" - to examine ... See full summary »

Stars: Rino Romano, Mark Waid, Denny O'Neil
My Eleventh (2014)
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A gentle, unassuming man kidnaps and murders a garden variety housewife. When the victim's husband starts to suspect his wife's aggressor, things begin to unravel.

Director: Gary Entin
Stars: John Benjamin Hickey, Marin Hinkle, Patrick Fabian
Football Wives (TV Movie 2007)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A look at the lives of women married to professional football players. Based on the ITV series "Footballers' Wives."

Director: Bryan Singer
Stars: Lucy Lawless, Kiele Sanchez, Gabrielle Union
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Director: Kevin Burns
Stars: Robert Clotworthy, Christopher McQuarrie, Jens Jessen
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
...
Tom Rice
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Anthony Moore
Karen Rosa
Randall Slavin
Edit

Storyline

An author suffering writer's block has to face his own demons when his best friend shows up with a completed manuscript, a publishing deal, and the publisher's daughter in tow. In his frustration, he proceeds to pound out a story in which he kills the best friend. Metaphorically, as he gains confidence, he does destroy the friend's egotistical confidence. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

independent film | See All (1) »

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

11 September 1998 (Germany)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A lost indie treasure!
23 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Telling you the premise of "Burn" makes it sound like a tired, pretentious, painful indie, the kind that litter the post-midnight dead zone of the Sundance and IFC channels. It's about two writers in an apartment, talking about, well, writing. With a girl in the middle. Hmmm... sounds like "Tape". Well, guess again.

Burn IS a movie about two writers in an apartment, but the execution of said premise is unlike anything you'd expect. Scott Storm mounts the film like a thriller, with the tension between the two leads, scribes on opposite ends of the social scale, a palpable force that drives the entire film. It's a masterful piece of direction, a slowly tightening nail-biter that just keeps getting more and more intense. I won't include any spoilers here - the ending is better if you don't know what's coming - but let's just say that the feeling of dread is paid off very, very well.

Now, I don't know how much of this suspense-tale stuff was intended in Dylan Kussman's script (hats off to him, though - lots of terrific dialogue and character stuff keep the journey interesting), but certainly much of what ended up on the screen was the filmmakers desire to rise above the two-writers-talking-about-writing fold. This is more like a cross between "Deathtrap" and "Insomnia" than another version of "Tape".

I don't think this movie was ever released properly and is very, very hard to find. Basically, there must be a bunch of bootleg dubs from festival screeners floating around. But if you can locate a copy, do yourself a favor and snatch it up! At least until some bright video label grabs this thing and gives it the release it's due.

I also wonder if the recent heat on Scott Storm is amping up the circulation of bootlegs of this movie. Coincidentally, I saw the trailer for his new movie "Ten 'til Noon" on the web last month, and it looks like its going to kick some serious butt.


3 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
where can I see this movie richardbarnet
Discuss Burn (1998) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?