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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The first production for Scott Swan and Drew McWeeny as writers. 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 Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972) See more »

Soundtracks

Le Fin De Mond Theme
Written by John Roome
Courtesy of Mekong Records
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Still a master
1 December 2006 | by ODDBearSee all my reviews

A film collector/sleuth accepts an assignment from an eccentric millionaire to locate a notorious film that caused mass hysteria and madness upon it's one and only showing. As he gets nearer to finding it he experiences the film's profound effects and the horror it possesses.

A good and original horror story gets supreme treatment from a master horror director. Striking images (one in particular) fuel this intriguing story which builds good momentum and climaxes in a very satisfying and bloody way. People have noted the similarities between this film and Carpenter's earlier In the Mouth of Madness but when all is said and done this is pretty effective stuff and handled beautifully by Carpenter. One scene is as gruesome as they come and I'm amazed it wasn't edited out since this is a TV movie. It could easily be stretched out for feature length and that's maybe it's only problem; it unveils too fast.

Although not written by Carpenter this still feels and looks like a film made by him. Highly recommended.


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