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.
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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S10 Reviews: Masters of Horror - Cigarette Burns (2005)
Kirby (Norman Reedus) is an esoteric film fan who runs a revival house and occasional makes an extra buck by tracking down prints for rare films for clients. He is licking the wounds left by the suicide of his junkie girlfriend and trying to pay off her father who gave him cash to open the revival theatre. If things couldn't get any worse his life takes a detour into the surreal when a rich, eccentric buff (the devilish Udo Kier) who wants a particular film. The rare film has the dubious honor of playing once at a festival and seemingly disappearing forever. The one showing however drove the audience to murder. The film's devilish grip changes anyone who even thinks about it let alone sees it.
John Carpenter comes back in full force in this excellent episode of Showtime's 'Masters of Horror' series. Carpenter revisits the territory of the weird that he explored with 'In the Mouth of Madness' and throws in a little Dario Argento to sweeten the deal (the music score done by Carpenter's son Cody screams 'Suspiria') and comes away with one of the best projects he's ever done, certainly the best in years. The acting is top notch with genre fave Kier doing what he does best. I highly recommend 'Cigarette Burns'
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