Season 1 Episode 08
Originally aired December 16, 2005
Directed by John Carpenter
Written by Drew McWeeny, Scott Swan
Starring: Udo Kier, Christopher Redman, Norman Reidus, Gwyneth Walsh
This was a Masters of Horror episode I was excited to watch because it’s directed by a true master of horror, John Carpenter.
In this episode, a rare films dealer named Kirby Sweetman is living the life of a desperate man swimming in an ocean of debt without so much as a life preserver. He owes $200,000 or else he’s going to lose his little noire theater, the last love of his life. He’s already lost his wife to a drug overdose so; this theater is his heart and soul and the only thing he really has left…of himself or his wife.
But, his reputation for his talent of procuring rare and obscure original films precedes him and he soon gets contacted by a Mr. Bellinger, a man who is not only a videophile, but also so filthy rich he has more money than he knows what to do with. So, he wastes it. Like most narcissistic filthy rich people do. This guy Bellinger, wastes his money on finding rare original films that nobody outside the small circle of true videophiles has ever heard of, let alone would want to watch.
The film being requested this time is one named La Fin Absolue du Monde, a French film with a wretched reputation. The title translates into “the absolute end of the world” and in this “film” horrible and hideous things happen, atrocities such as the sacrifice of an actual angel, including the vicious and violently gruesome removal of the angel’s wings.
There are rumors surrounding the existence of this film, as it hasn’t been seen since its first initial viewing. At that time, the audience in the theater supposedly went insane, erupting in violence and madness, leaving one lone survivor and that was only because he was the one in the film booth and he turned away as it was being watched. The horror involved with this film is what makes it so desirable and so rare.
Sweetman and Bellinger negotiate a price, one that will save Kirby’s theater AND allow him to view the film, if he so chooses. Still, during the search for this film, all of the people Kirby comes into contact with warn him to walk away and even if he doesn’t, to never watch the film. Of course, this only intrigues him more as he continues his search for this one and only original print, a search that ends up taking him in many directions.
Yup, that’s right. That’s all I’m going to tell you. Hahaha!
BUT, if you want to watch it, you can view it at the link below for free.
Now, I know this is Carpenter we are talking about here. And for the most part it was good. The only thing was I was expecting a little more I guess BECAUSE it WAS Carpenter. I also read a book not too long ago that was very similar in plot. It was Hot Splices, you can find the review HERE. There was a lot more violence in that book than in this movie so, that might also be why I expected more.
However, this was still a very nice way to take up an hour if you are looking for something horror based and short. I don’t think this would disappoint anyone and I think the true Carpenter fans will see his genius in this short film. I can definitely see why it’s part of this Masters of Horror series. And where I think you will see the most of what we know to be John Carpenter-esque, will be the second half of the show. So, do enjoy and thanks for reading!