Masters of Horror: Season 1, Episode 8

John Carpenter's Cigarette Burns (16 Dec. 2005)

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With a torrid past that haunts him, a movie-theater director is hired to hunt for the only known print of a film so notorious that its single screening caused the viewers to become homicidally insane.

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The bankrupted owner of the movie theater Vogue, Kirby Sweetman, is hired by the eccentric private collector Mr. Bellinger to search and find the cursed horror movie "Le Fin Absolue du Monde". This film is considered lost and magic, and has been presented only once in the Sitges Festival, driving the audience insane and violent, causing bloodshed in the theater. The director, crew and everybody involved in its production has also died. Kirby owes US$ 200,000.00 to his father-in-law, who blames Kirby for the death of his daughter Annie, and accepts the assignment to pay his debt and for his own satisfaction. 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 his 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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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 »

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Kirby visits Henri Cotillard's office in Paris, France. When Henri asks Kirby for the name of the film he's looking for, he puts his right hand by his computer monitor. In the next shot, Henri's arm is by his side. See more »

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Fung: I know what you want, you want to see the movie!
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References Saw II (2005) See more »

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Le Fin De Mond Theme
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Carpenter sets the bar for Masters of Horror.
9 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have no idea why I waited so long to purchase this DVD. Its an extremely worthy buy, with a lot of cool extras. As for the film, I couldn't be happier with it. Carpenter has truly returned to form here, and hes more cynical than ever.

They picked a great lead in Norman Reedus, an actor of whom I would never have thought to cast. He impressed me with how he approached the character. The violence is particularly brutal for a Carpenter film, but its by no means over the top. The final twenty minutes of this film are exciting, disturbing, and invigorating. I haven't seen horror done this well since.....well since In the Mouth of Madness(1995), which I would consider this to be sort of a follow-up to.

Anyway, Thats my two cents. I'm looking forward to viewing the Landis and Argento episodes as well. If you like horror be sure to buy some of these DVD's so we can give Mick Garris an even greater venue for honoring these under appreciated Masters of Horror. 10/10 BRAVO


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