An utterly mindblowing episode from the first season of Masters of Horror, this was released essentially as a movie on DVD in the U.S. Clocking in at 60 minutes, it comes pretty close to being a full-length feature. It's undeniably the best thing John Carpenter has directed since "They Live."
Like many a Masters of Horror episode this one features a male protagonist with sins in his past who is going insane or is at least totally self destructing. It's a damn chilling episode, reminiscent of another inferior John Carpenter effort, "In the Mouth of Madness." Again, it was the best thing Carpenter had made in nearly 20 years.
Reedus plays a theater owner film collector with serious financial problems. An obsessive cinephile (Kier) hires him to seek out and obtain the ultimate missing art film: "La Fin Absolue du Monde" (French for "The Absolute End of the World"). The film reportedly led to a bloody riot at its one and only screening and was then destroyed by the filmmaker. As it turns out, the collector has already obtained one artifact from the movie: a living, breathing angel with its wings cut. As our hero goes about seeking out the movie, he runs across an apparent snuff film making ring -- or does he? Is he going insane?
These are themes that actually frequently pop up in MOH episodes: Guys going crazy. But this film also passionately explores the insane pasison of film fans and maybe gives a commentary on how sick that passion can become. All in all, the film was an excellent horror blend and demonstrated just what a kick-ass series Masters of Horror was.
I really like this episode, but I couldn't stand the protagonist's acting.
Posted by Fcoventry on January 2, 2009
Possibly the best of the entire series. This was a great piece of horror, and it was good to see Carpenter doing his best again.
Posted by JD on July 24, 2009
This was without a doubt a chilling,creepy,freaky,disturbing episode of the first season. It could have stood on its own as a masterpiece movie. Very macabre. It's one of the episodes you have to see to believe. Kudos to Carpenter. Now start directing this type of sick shit again please! =)
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