John Carpenter Retro: Ep 21 – Cigarette Burns are Not Just For Tyler Durden

5021headdaFunny thing about the term/concept “cigarette burns”, I always associate it with that scene in Fight Club or Tyler Durden is finding the reel markers in films and splicing  scenes of pornography into kids films. I suppose the term cigarette burns doesn’t come up often, and it’s just as good a place to reference it as any given it’s rarity of use in public conversation. A cigarette burn refers to a dot that appears in the upper right corner of a film to let the projectionist know to switch the reel. For our purposes Cigarette Burns refers to a short film directed by John Carpenter for the Masters of Horror TV program that featured hour long installments from some of the greatest in the biz/genre history.  Jeff and I have get down and dirty with a movie that is barely an hour long but packs a wallop in both special effects prowess, intrigue of plot and special appearance by Daryl… from the Walking Dead… before he was Daryl of course (you call him Norman Reedus). The Dead Air gang had quite a fun time discussing this and Pro-Life so make sure to tune in to both episodes. We’re nearing the end.

Cigarette Burns reminds me of the Ninth Gate. Substitute a film hunter in place of a book detective and take Roman Polanski’s strange sense of slow, steady pacing out of the mix and you’ve got something demonic/evil inside the pages/frames of an impossible to find piece of media. I love the Ninth Gate which is probably why I love Cigarette Burns. If you haven’t seen either picture I consider both very worth your time. Don’t forget your Udo Kier impression (genre star Kier makes an appearance in a very unique role whose demise involves one of my favorite creative kills of the last ten years).

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About Jimmy Terror

Dr. Jimmy Terror, more commonly known as James P. Harris, has been “writing your eyes” shut since 2010 with his horror themed blog, Dr. Terror’s Blog of Horrors (whose name is a play on words derived from the Amicus film, Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors). In the early 2000’s he fronted the band The Vaudeville Vampires, a short-lived "Horrorabilly" band which saw the creation of a catalog of horror related songs before disbanding (with only one, six song demo ever being produced and distributed). He has had only one on screen appearance to date in the horror short, Ocean Parkway, as maniacal, gloved killer with a hair fetish. Having done some un-credited, behind the scenes work in some low budget genre pictures, he is currently working on his first foray into screenwriting with a demonic, retro gore entry that pays homage to Lucio Fulci, Dario Argento as well as other Italian masters of the genre.
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