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I needn’t have worried. ‘Cigarette Burns’ is a stunning piece of television, Carpenter’s best work in years. The direction is slick and atmospheric, the music is moody but never intrusive, and the script is well-paced, always moving towards a chilling conclusion. There are lots of genre references scattered throughout the episode, but never in a beat-you-over-the-head, aren’t-we-cleverer-than-all-of you self-referential way. The structure is so nicely laid out that ‘Cigarette Burns’ could easily have worked as a full length feature, albeit with a few extra character beats and maybe an extended first act.
But if you wanted to be scared. I mean, if you genuinely wanted to watch an episode and watch suspense grow into unease into actual horror, "Cigarette Burns" is your best bet. Carpenter's episode is a delicious odyssey that begins with a film collector meeting an angel and ends with a one-of-a-kind film reel from Udo Kier. The story takes itself seriously, and the idea behind the story (a profane film drives people mad) allows for some truly gruesome scenes that add to the suspense. My only reservation about the episode, originally, was its underwhelming glimpse at "Le Fin Absolue du Monde." But that criticism seems smaller in retrospect. This was the only episode from the whole series that seriously scared me.