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

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Original Air Date:
November 2005 (Season 1, Episode 8)
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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it works because of Carpenter's faith- and tricks- with the material See more (69 total) »

Cast

 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Norman Reedus ... Kirby

Colin Foo ... Fung

Udo Kier ... Bellinger

Christopher Redman ... Willowy Being

Chris Gauthier ... Timpson (as Christopher Gauthier)

Zara Taylor ... Annie

Gary Hetherington ... Walter

Chris Britton ... Meyers
Julius Chapple ... Henri Cotillard

Taras Kostyuk ... Kaspar (as Taras)

Brad Kelly ... Horst
Lynn Wahl ... Cab Driver
Douglas Arthurs ... Dalibor (as Douglas H. Arthurs)

Gwynyth Walsh ... Katja
Brahm Taylor ... Protagonist
Rikki Gagne ... Woman #1

Crystal Mudry ... Woman #2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Christian Bocher ... Hans Backovic (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
John Carpenter 
 
Writing credits
Mick Garris (creator)

Drew McWeeny (writer) &
Scott Swan (writer)

Produced by
Keith Addis .... executive producer
Bo Altherr .... producer: special features
Morris Berger .... executive producer
Stephen R. Brown .... executive producer (as Steve Brown)
Ben Browning .... co-producer
Andrew Deane .... executive producer
Mick Garris .... executive producer
Adam Goldworm .... co-producer
John W. Hyde .... executive producer
Lisa Richardson .... producer
Grant Rosenberg .... consulting producer
Tom Rowe .... producer
Pascal Verschooris .... co-producer
 
Original Music by
Cody Carpenter 
 
Cinematography by
Attila Szalay (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Patrick McMahon 
 
Casting by
Nancy Nayor  (as Nancy Nayor Battino)
Kelly Wagner  (as Kelly Martin Wagner)
 
Production Design by
David Fischer 
 
Art Direction by
Teresa Weston 
 
Set Decoration by
Ide Foyle (key set decorator)
 
Costume Design by
Lyn Kelly 
 
Makeup Department
Rexford Bangle .... first assistant makeup artist
Mike Fields .... on-set key makeup artist: KNB EFX Group, Inc. (as Michael Fields)
Cleo Gagner .... first assistant hair stylist (as Cleo Gagne)
Sarah Graham .... on-set key makeup artist: KNB EFX Group, Inc.
Dana Hamel .... makeup department head
Adina Shore .... hair stylist
Amanda McGowan .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Tana Lynn Moldovanos .... key makeup artist: second unit (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Margo Coughlin Zimmerman .... production manager: IDT Entertainment
Sally Dixon .... post-production supervisor
Marie Norton .... administrative manager: IDT Entertainment
Stacey Jade Smart .... executive in charge of production: IDT Entertainment
Pascal Verschooris .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Karin Behrenz .... third assistant director (as Karen Behrenz)
Brian Giddens .... first assistant director
Ian Samoil .... second assistant director
Yannick Leray .... trainee assistant director (uncredited)
Trevor Ralph .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Andrei Andrianko .... assistant art director
Doris Deutschmann .... art department coordinator
Nick Dibley .... property master (as Nicholas Dibley)
Jim Geddes .... construction coordinator
Leesa Hanna .... assistant set decorator (as Leesa McNalley)
John McIntosh .... greens
Jake Miller .... assistant property master
Matthew Power .... leadman
Zbibgniew Scheller .... construction foreman (as Zbish Scheller)
John Wilcox .... paint coordinator
Dylan Dowd .... lead greens person (uncredited)
Les Ford .... computer graphics designer (uncredited)
Sean McGee .... on-set props assistant (uncredited)
Regan Steele .... set dresser (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Anke Bakker .... sound supervisor
Kevin Belen .... sound re-recording mixer
Jay Cheetham .... background sound editor
Jacqueline Cristianini .... sound supervisor
Kris Fenske .... sound designer
Kevin Konarzewski .... adr mixer
Jason Mauza .... foley editor
Laurie Melhus .... audio post coordinator
Iain Pattison .... sound re-recording mixer
Jean Raymond .... foley mixer
Sebastian Salm .... sound mixer
Paul A. Sharpe .... sound re-recording mixer (as Paul Sharpe)
Colin Smith .... boom operator
Matthew Wilson .... sound effects editor (as Matt Wilson)
Kevin Konarzewski .... walla recordist (uncredited)
Todd R. Mason .... sound effects recordist (uncredited)
Joshua Stevenson .... assistant dialogue editor (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Howard Berger .... special effects makeup
Mark Boley .... effects crew: K.N.B. EFX Group (as Mark Bolie)
Michael Deak .... effects crew: K.N.B. EFX Group (as Mike Deak)
Robert Freitas .... effects crew: K.N.B. EFX Group (as Rob Freitas)
Derek Heselton .... special effects best boy (as Derek Heselston)
Grady Holder .... effects crew: K.N.B. EFX Group
Jim Leonard .... effects crew: K.N.B. EFX Group
Greg Nicotero .... special effects makeup (as Gregory Nicotero)
Ron Pipes .... effects crew: K.N.B. EFX Group
Frank Rydberg .... effects crew: K.N.B. EFX Group (as Frank Ryberg)
Shannon Shea .... effects crew: K.N.B. EFX Group
Wayne Szybunka .... special effects coordinator
Veronica Torres .... effects crew: K.N.B. EFX Group
Lino Stavole .... special effects technician: mold department, K.N.B Effects Group (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Corey Bastiaans .... cg artist: Anthem Visual Effects
Matt Belbin .... visual effects editor: Anthem Visual Effects
Sébastien Bergeron .... digital effects supervisor: Anthem Visual Effects
Craig Clarke .... senior compositor: Anthem Visual Effects
Michael Goddard .... cg artist: Anthem Visual Effects (as Mike Goddard)
Darren MacKay .... digital compositor: Anthem Visual Effects
Alessandro Nardini .... cg artist: Anthem Visual Effects
Stephen Paschke .... digital compositor: Anthem Visual Effects
Lisa K. Sepp .... visual effects coordinator (as Lisa Sepp-Wilson)
Lisa K. Sepp .... visual effects producer: Anthem Visual Effects (as Lisa Sepp-Wilson)
Lee Wilson .... visual effects supervisor: Anthem Visual Effects
Annabelle Kent .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Mladen Miholjcic .... senior cgi artist: Anthem Visual Effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Jim Dunn .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Bradley S. Creasser .... camera operator: "a" camera (as Brad Creasser)
Stewart Henshaw .... best boy lighting
Kieran Humphries .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (miscredited on video release)
Tom Kaczmarski .... key grip
Christina Kasperczyk .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Mike Kolafa .... gaffer (as Michael Kolafa)
Dean Schwingboth .... best boy grip
Richard Wilson .... camera operator: "b" camera
Rob Cantin .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Chris Cove .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Jeff Grimshire .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Chris Helcermanas-Benge .... still photographer (uncredited)
Seth Hettrick .... key rigging grip (uncredited)
Jos Oman .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Casting Department
Sandra-Ken Freeman .... extras casting (as Sandra Ken-Freeman)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Linda Leduc .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Richard Cordes .... color timer
Andrea Dixon .... color timer
Marc Pollon .... assistant editor
Matt Venables .... post-production coordinator
Mike Williamson .... apprentice editor
 
Music Department
Mike Beckett .... music editor
Todd Brodie .... mix assistant
Todd Brodie .... music recordist
Lisa Brown .... music supervisor
Jennifer Ross .... music supervisor
Ed Shearmur .... composer: main title music (as Edward Shearmur)
Happy Walters .... music supervisor
Tiffany Downey .... music assistant (uncredited)
James Fogel .... assistant score engineer (uncredited)
Bruce Robb .... music engineer (uncredited)
Bruce Robb .... music mixer (uncredited)
Bruce Robb .... music producer (uncredited)
 
Transportation Department
Duane Shearer .... driver
Fraser Sutherland .... transportation coordinator
John Swetlikoe .... transportation captain
Vince Morden .... cable truck (uncredited)
Duane Shearer .... office driver (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Barbara Barnes .... assistant production coordinator
Steve Best .... assistant to director
Kristi Blicharski .... unit publicist
Sheri Buckham .... assistant accountant
Nadine Cusworth .... production assistant
Kathryn Drew .... production accountant (as Kath Drew)
Shalia Edl .... production coordinator
Gary Garfinkel .... network executive
Kristin Harris .... production coordinator: IDT Entertainment
Dave Harvey .... assistant accountant
Pam Lawrence .... script supervisor
Katy Lew .... assistant to producers
Sheri Mayervich .... location manager
Ross Redhead .... assistant to producers
Zaida Rodriguez .... assistant manager: IDT Entertainment
Louie Schwartzberg .... stock footage (as Louis Schwartzberg)
Dinean Stayk .... assistant location manager
Alison Stephen .... production assistant
Alison Stephen .... script coordinator
Bonnie Sutherland .... set supervisor
Stephen Tibbetts .... stand-in (as Stephen Tibbets)
Raj Uppal .... assistant to producers (as Rajvinder Uppal)
Steven Vlasak .... operations manager
Desiree Zurowski .... stand-in
Genessa Davis .... assistant production coordinator (uncredited)
Gina Gilberto .... assistant: John Carpenter (uncredited)
Krista Johnston .... clearances (uncredited)
Christina Kasperczyk .... body double: Zara Taylor's shadow (uncredited)
 

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mick Garris  creator

Makeup Department
Leanne Rae Podavin .... special makeup effects artist
Sherry Van Gool .... additional assistant makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Raj Uppal .... first assistant director: second unit
 
Art Department
Martin P. Blaine .... lead carpenter
Bill Morrill .... lead carpenter
 
Sound Department
Kris Casavant .... assistant sound editor
Dario DiSanto .... foley editor
Talvinder Gill .... assistant sound editor
Shawn Miller .... sound mixer: second unit
 
Special Effects by
Ozzy Alvarez .... lab technician: K.N.B. EFX Group
Jenny Wallace .... special effects runner
 
Stunts
Byron Briscoe .... stunt double
Clint Carleton .... stunt double: Ethan Embry
Janina Dall .... stunt double
Jim Dunn .... stunt coordinator (12 episodes)
Ashlea Earl .... stunt double: Bree Turner
Lani Gelera .... stunt double
Jon Kralt .... stunt rider
James Ralph .... stunt double: William Forsythe
Jeff Sanca .... stunt driver
Sharon Simms .... stunt double
Eli Zagoudakis .... stunt double
 
Camera and Electrical Department
John Brown .... rigging lamp operator
Jeff Cassidy .... second assistant camera
T.C. Chapman .... rigging gaffer
Glen A. Dickson .... camera operator: "b" camera (episode: "Deer Woman")
David Gray .... still photographer
Gary Stamford .... gaffer: second unit
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dawn Grey .... dresser
 
Music Department
Amanda Sobeck .... music coordinator
 
Transportation Department
John Sorenson .... driver
Larry Tardif .... driver: camera car and process trailer
 
Other crew
Ron Buck .... technical advisor: military
Simon Chin .... extras wrangler
Andrzej Dec-Williams .... assistant location manager (odd episodes) (as Andrzej Dec)
Pancho Mansfield .... network executive
Sandra Montgomery .... script supervisor: second unit
Rainer Scheelisch .... special equipment
Stephen Sobisky .... interactive designer
Ryan Steacy .... armorer
 
Production CompaniesDistributorsSpecial EffectsOther Companies

Additional Details

Runtime:
59 min | Germany:56 min (cut)
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Language:
Color:
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
Certification:
Argentina:18 | Canada:16+ (Quebec) | Finland:K-15 (TV rating) (self applied) (2008) | Finland:K-18 (DVD) (self applied) (2007) | Germany:18 (cut) | USA:TV-MA

Did You Know?

Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Fung:I know what you want, you want to see the movie!See more »
Movie Connections:
References The Ninth Gate (1999)See more »
Soundtrack:
Le Fin De Mond ThemeSee more »

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20 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
it works because of Carpenter's faith- and tricks- with the material, 21 July 2006
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

Cigarette Burns is one of the more entertainingly shocking little horror films I've seen in a while. It's only an hour long, but it still kind of sits well in that area between a short film and a 'real' feature-length film. If anything a story like this could be made into a slightly longer film (whether it would be better or give more chances for fright I don't know). But for TV it's pretty amazing stuff, mostly as it builds and builds in the climax. What was interesting too was watching the DVD extras and seeing Carpenter's own view on some of the film's clichéd sayings about how 'film can change you', which even he admits is BS. To him, the whole Le Fin Absolue du Monde part of the story could be anything supernatural (and its practically a retread of similar material from In the Mouth of Madness) or anything that keeps the plot moving along. It's a MacGuffin that does have a need to actually be seen by the audience- if not the audience's in the film then us watching at home- but when it is it's genuinely creative in an ironic way.

Norman Reedus proves he can act with a good script and defined character as a theater owner and rare-film buff who meets up with a spooky collector (Udo Kier as usual quite creepy and darkly funny in equal measure) who wants him to track down the obscure French film titled The Absolute End of the World, which only screened once to a violent crowd. But right off the bat things don't seem right as Kier's character keeps a living 'Angel' from the film's production with its wings clipped off. As Reedus goes deeper into the search, he then starts to realize its effect as it stirs up old rotten memories into his consciousness. Carpenter deals with the dialog scenes really quite well, and it's refreshing to see him direct more realistic scenes here and there as opposed to his recent films where style and flash trumps the words. And there really can't be enough said about Gregory Nicotero's make-up, which is there at best to totally supply Carpenter with what he needs to work off his visual scares.

And towards the end, as Kier finally gets a print of the film in his possession, it really is some of the more freaky, bloody, and unexpected scenes in a Carpenter work I've seen since the Thing just for sheer visceral impact. Without giving away too much, it does kind of border on the obvious of what might occur with some of the characters. But the way the actors pull it off corresponds well with how the 'MacGuffin' is finally shown, as a rip-off on pretentious violent art-film tripe that had me grinning as I cringed. Cigarette Burns is a successful little pot-boiler that probably might work better for Carpenter fans and those who find 'cult films' fascinating as the subject matter.

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