Masters of Horror (2005–2007)
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John Carpenter's Cigarette Burns 

With a torrid past that haunts him, a movie theatre owner is hired to search for the only existing print of a film so notorious that its single screening caused the viewers to become homicidally insane.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Timpson (as Christopher Gauthier)
Julius Chapple ...
Kaspar (as Taras)
Brad Kelly ...
Lynn Wahl ...
Cab Driver
Dalibor (as Douglas H. Arthurs)


The bankrupted owner of the movie theater 'Vogue', Kirby Sweetman, is hired by the eccentric private collector Mr. Bellinger to search and find the only existing print of the legendary horror film "La Fin Absolue du Monde" by Hans Backovic. This lost film is considered magic and cursed, and has been presented only once to an audience at the Sitges Festival, driving the people insane and causing bloodshed in the theater. The director, the crew and everybody involved in its production seemingly have died since. Kirby owes 200.000 dollars to his father-in-law, who blames Kirby for the death of his daughter Annie, and accepts the assignment to pay his debt. Bellinger shows him a souvenir from the film in his basement, a chained angel that had his wings torn off in the movie. Kirby travels to France to meet a contact and has glimpses of his beloved Annie, initiating his journey to hell. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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16 December 2005 (USA)  »

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Did You Know?


The newspaper columnist lives in a secluded house in Carthage, New York. John Carpenter, who directed the movie, was born in Carthage, New York. See more »


When Kirby is confronted by Walter about the money he owes, Walter tells Kirby he's got one week to come up with it. Kirby towards the end of the movie gets the money and finds the theater chained up. When on the phone with one of the employees from the theater he says that he was given *two* weeks to get the money. See more »


Fung: I know what you want, you want to see the movie!
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References Deep Red (1975) See more »


Le Fin De Mond Theme
Written by John Roome
Courtesy of Mekong Records
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Carpenter's best flick since The Thing
2 April 2006 | by (Perth, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

First off, I've been a fan of John Carpenter's for a long time. Even when I was a little kid and not really into horror yet, Big Trouble In Little China was one of my favourite movies. While some of his more recent films haven't lived up to the potential of his earliest works, Carpenter seems to have reversed this trend with Cigarette Burns. Hands down this is my favourite episode of Masters Of Horror so far and one of my favourite Carpenter flicks ever. Nearly everything done in this film is spot on. It is disturbing, bleak and nihilistic. Just how we like our horror. No candy coating here thanks. Norman Reedus, who was just great in Boondock Saints, here plays a bankrupt, financially and morally, film collector set to finding a rare film that apparently drove its sole audience crazy with rage. While the film itself would have best been never seen to help give it more of an air of mystery and suspense, everything else about this film is perfectly timed. A must for fans of the series or Carpenter or even horror in general.

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