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.

Director:

John Carpenter

Writers:

Mick Garris (creator), Drew McWeeny | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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 Julius Chapple ... Henri Cotillard
Taras Kostyuk ... Kaspar (as Taras)
Brad Kelly Brad Kelly ... Horst
Lynn Wahl Lynn Wahl ... Cab Driver
Douglas Arthurs ... Dalibor (as Douglas H. Arthurs)
Gwynyth Walsh ... Katja
Brahm Taylor ... Protagonist
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Storyline

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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Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

TV-MA | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 December 2005 (USA) See more »

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Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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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

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 »

Quotes

Fung: I know what you want, you want to see the movie!
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Connections

References Twin Peaks (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Le Fin De Mond Theme
Written by John Roome
Courtesy of Mekong Records
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Classic Carpenter - dark and suspense-filled
6 November 2006 | by DVD_ConnoisseurSee all my reviews

"Cigarette Burns" is a wonderful tale from John Carpenter that was a delight to watch.

This "Masters of Horror" episode is dark and grim. It's both surreal and frighteningly real, like a bad nightmare. There are images contained in this hour of television that are original and shocking.

Carpenter's touches are filled with a wicked sense of humour. For those cynics who state that this master has lost his earlier powers of film-making, watch this episode! Udo Kier is creepy as hell in this tale and Norman Reedus is gripping as the lead character.

Surprisingly violent and challenging, "Cigarette Burns" is a very strong entry in the "Masters of Horror" series.


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