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Masters of Horror - John Carpenter - Cigarette Burns

UPC: 013131372397

Format: DVDMultiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen

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John Carpenter's installment in the Masters of Horror cable-TV anthology series looks at the ominous, underground mystique surrounding a notorious 1970s horror classic (now there's something Carpenter should know about). Cigarette Burns tracks the search for said opus, Le Fin Absolue du Monde, by the owner of a repertory theater (Norman Reedus) on behalf of a highly decadent millionaire collector (a role made for Udo Kier). The film, supposedly destroyed after it caused a riot at its only screening, causes viewers to turn into homicidal, cannibalistic maniacs. Even as Reedus gets on the trail of the lone existing print--listening to an interview with the director, looking at production stills--he begins to fall under its supernatural sway. Alas, the same can't be said for Cigarette Burns itself; the stuff about horror aficionados is good, but the production is slapdash, the dialogue stiff, and Reedus's performance incompetent. The basic idea, while a little film-schoolish, has some intrigue, and the notion of a film critic (supposedly a follower of Pauline Kael, no less) driven to write millions of words about this one barely-seen movie is amusingly sinister. --Robert Horton
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Video details

List Price: $14.98
Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
Actors: Norman Reedus Colin Foo Udo Kier Christopher Redman Chris Gauthier 
Size: 7.1000" x 5.4200"
Weight: 0.1800 lbs.
Language: English, English