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466 Ratings

Cigarette Burns

Directed by John Carpenter
United States, 2005
Horror, Thriller


The eighth episode of the first season of Masters of Horror follows a man who hunts down films often thought lost. He sets off to find a legendary work titled Le Fin Absolute du Monde, a movie that supposedly turned the one audience who saw it into cannibalistic maniacs.

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Cigarette Burns Directed by John Carpenter

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  • Nick Schwab's rating of the film Cigarette Burns

    An extension of In the Mouth of Madness, and frankly what that should've been, minus Norman Reedus' uneven performance. It's a testament to the allure of extreme cinema, the safeness the creator gives to the viewer to make it spiritually liberating for both. It's an examination of why some seek out perverse and taboo art, perhaps to get that very affect. That rush. That intensity. That power. That taste of eternity.

  • Duncan Gray's rating of the film Cigarette Burns

    A fine Lovecraftian TV short from Carpenter, which turns cinephilia's obsession for strange, transgressive esoterica into a ghoulish nightmare. You spend the first half getting more and more curious about the mysterious film-within-a-film, and the second half having your stomach turned. I don't suppose it means much, but the parody of movie geekdom hits close to home. I'm still never watching Salo, though.

  • Zachary W's rating of the film Cigarette Burns

    The epilogue to Carp's Apocalypse Trilogy, in which the trajectory of horror from the materiality of the body to the materiality of the cinema that we witness moving through The Thing, Prince of Darkness, and In the Mouth of Madness reaches its apotheosis. Cinematic form and matter become indistinguishable, and this zero point is annihilation.

  • Matt Burgess's rating of the film Cigarette Burns

    A must see for every horror/underground film obsessive who spends hours on weird little forums and secret torrent sites trying to track down the perfect obscure treasure, THIS is your life as a horror movie. Balls-out grotesque visuals plus a creepy, darkly funny script, by far one of Carpenter's tightest works and miles ahead of all the dumb-as-fuck remakes and Eli Roth shit that makes it to theatres nowdays.

  • Gondo's rating of the film Cigarette Burns

    "I believe in truth. [chops a womans head off] One take. One uninterrupted shot. The only cut was to her. I turned her into art. Something happens when you point a camera at something terrible. The resulting film takes on power.”

  • John Matrix's rating of the film Cigarette Burns

    CIGARETTE BURNS is a great short film about trust, namely the trust an audience puts in a filmmaker. People expect to retain their sanity after watching a movie, but there's no real guarentee. McWeeny and Swan, the writers, do a fanastic job exploring the nature of morbid curiosity and parodying cinephilia (it's a death sentence!). Unfortunately, Norman Reedus is not wholly convincing; he is the film's weakest link.

  • Silenzio's rating of the film Cigarette Burns

    I felt this Masters of horrors season was a mixed bag but this episode was a gem. it was good to see Carpenter dealing with almost Cronenbergian material. The concept was interesting and the participation of Udo Kier is always a big plus!

  • Terry_Moby's rating of the film Cigarette Burns

    Creepy. The film has an excellent story and is brilliantly executed. Some minor gaps in the storytelling may have to do with the fact that this is a television episode and not a feature film. Norman Reeds is very good in this: his sober acting style contrasts with the far-out story.

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