Masters of Horror: Cigarette Burns (No Clever Title, Sorry)

Two seasons. Twenty-six episodes total written by some of the best horror screenplay writers, or so the show says. Its a great concept and as a horror fanatic it seemed like the perfect series for me. I’ve seen it before, but it had been a few years, so when I found it on hulu I thought that I might as well watch it from the very beginning. The link is here. I reviewed each episodes for your enjoyment.

Masters of Horror is a series of one hour long stories that does not have a consecutive plot. If you are wondering how that’s possible, well there’s this cult classic from the 1960’s that also had been remastered when I was a child called The Outer Limits. Basically for one hour every week you get a scary or strange storytelling.


Season One Part Eight

Cigarette Burns

Episode eight is called “Cigarette Burns.” Its about a man who is asked to find a film titled “La Fin Absolue du Monde.” This film caused violence in every theatre its ever played in, supposedly. So he says he’ll do it for lots of money and he meets the angel who was sacrificed. So he starts with the critique who lived in New York and he’s gone completely mad. He’s writing the review over and over again. So then he visits his friend Henri and gets this really dangerous man’s number.

This guy is bald and practically covered with tattoos. So he lets him peek at the screenshots from the “La Fin Absolue du Monde” and then injects something into him. He is then tied to a chair and forced to watch as he then proceeds to make a snuff film. To be absolutely fair, there are some people who believe that snuff films exist, but every one that had come to light had been fakes. So, its entirely possible, but I still call shenanigans because I needed a bit more than what they had shown us.

So he finally goes to the director’s wife and she gives it to him after a long discussion, including how her husband died. He takes it to the collector who hired him and takes the check. His theatre is locked up when he arrives, thus making him the most pissed off man in the world. His friend is supposedly there. He gets a call from the guy who hired him, so he rushes over followed by his dead girlfriend’s father. The butler has completely mutialated himself. He yells at our main character about bringing such a horrid thing in the house and then gouges his eyes out. Yep. Its the one thing we’ve all wanted to do at least once in our lifetimes and he just up and did it.

La Fin Absolue du Monde” is really just a flash of different horrid images, gifs, and video clips put together. The angel appears to be laughing a couple of times even and these cigarette burns keep showing up at frequent intervals on the episode. Its what the main character is seeing, caused by “La Fin Absolue du Monde.” I was hoping the film would have more morbid imagery. I did enjoy it, though. It was well acted and the dialogue was believable.

Episode eight gets 4 out of 5 remotes.


About blackwinterrosethorn

I am an artist and a writer whose living in Virginia. I go to Hollins University and I am a double minor in Creative Writing and Music. I've been writing for about eleven or twelve years. I've been singing forever and I have been drawing and painting for four or five years. I am open to doing commissions and collaborative pieces. View all posts by blackwinterrosethorn

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