Title: Cigarette Burns
Director: John Carpenter
Writers: Drew McWeeny, Scott Swan, Mick Garris
Starring: Norman Reedus, Udo Kier, Gary Hetherington, Christopher Britton, Zara Taylor, Colin Foo, Gwynyth Walsh, Christopher Redman
Studio: IDT Entertainment
John Carpenter's Cigarette Burns is another hour long film that is part of the Master's of Horror series. Carpenter's entry is my favorite of all the Master's of Horror offerings. The story is quite unique and deals with a collector of rare films who hires a bankrupt theater owner to track down the most obscure movie ever made, titled "Le Fin Absolue du Monde" (translates to The Absolute End of the World). The movie was only shown once, and the audience that viewed it instantly went insane and attack each other.
Along his journey the main character, who is searching for the lost film, encounters all sorts of strange people who are connected in some way with the picture. Eventually he meets with the director's wife and obtains a copy of the movie. The film collector then watches it and... Well, you'll have to see for yourself!
The term "cigarette burns" is used to describe the black dots you see flash for a moment on the screen when viewing a film in theaters. This black dot tells the projectionist to switch over to the next film reel. Just a little trivia for you there, but back to the review... Cigarette Burns is genuinely scary, it's concept is somewhat similar to The Ring, but for my money, I enjoyed this film even more. The cursed movie itself is the most disturbing "movie within a movie" that I have ever seen. It depicts an actual "real" Angel having it's wings torn off, among other horrible things. If you want to get started in the Masters of Horror series I highly suggest you begin with this episode.
Meyers: We trust filmmakers. We sit in the dark, daring them to affect us, secure in the knowledge that they won't go too far...