Kirby is a flailing theatre owner and film buff who is hired by a rich film collector to find a rare film. Le Fin du Monde, a film that reportedly drove the only audience to ever see it into a murderous rage. As Kirby searches strange things begin to happen as he slowly realizes the power of the notorious film.
Norman Reedus (Kirby), Udo Kier (Bellinger), Christopher Redman (the angel), Zara Taylor (Annie), Gary Hetherington (Walter), Chris Britton (Meyers), Chris Gauthier (Timpson), Colin Foo (Fung).
Masters of Horror: Cigarette Burns, John Carpenter’s entry to the MOH series, has millionaire collector Bellinger hiring theatre owner Kirby to find a famous film “Le Fin du Monde”. The film once thought destroyed reportedly turns viewers into homicidal maniacs after viewing. Only after he embarks on the search does Kirby learn that you don’t have to actually view the film to fall under its spell. Cigarette burns in the film industry were holes in the film meant to notify the projectionist that a reel change was coming due. For Kirby, hallucinating cigarette burns is much the same, something is about to change. Unfortunately it usually means someone is about to go psychotic and there will be blood! Although the story is similar to some other films (watch the movie and you die) this one had some unique detail and twists that were quite enjoyable.
Acting was mediocre all around, with no real investment in the characters. Kier was strange as usual while Reedus pulled off his part pretty well. The remainder of the supporting cast was really incidental to the film though most did okay.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds were okay but could have been better quality which would have added a nicer feel to the film. As it was it felt quick and dirty though that really doesn’t lessen the impact. Dialogue was good although Kier can be a bit difficult to understand at times due to his heavy accent. Effects were perfectly done for the film without a lot of CGI, but some great blood and guts shots along with a couple of rocking BOO moments.
After the first 15 minutes the film moved along quite well right up until the end when we wish it had been more than an hour long. Of the MOH series, this is definitely one of the better entries.
Some nudity, graphic violence and gore shots in addition to some foul language make this one for older teens and above only. If you aren’t into gore you might want to rethink watching this one.
Masters of Horror: Cigarette Burns is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 4 out of 5
copyright ©2011 Dave Riedel
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