In the Mouth of Madness (1995)
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as John Trent
as Sutter Cane
as Dr. Wrenn
as Mrs. Pickman
as Axe Maniac
as Young Teen
as Scrawny Teen
as Homeless Woman
as Bicycle Boy
as Little Boy
as Little Girl
as Truck Driver
as Desk Clerk
as Hotel Man
as Old Lady
as Bus Driver
as Municipal Woman
as Window Teen
as Simon's Son, Johnny
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Critic Reviews for In the Mouth of Madness
A thinking person's horror picture that dares to be as cerebral as it is visceral.
Cheesy horror celebrating the power of cheesy horror, while pretending to be appalled.
Eventually falls apart because of its erratic plot and gaps in logic.
One wonders how In the Mouth of Madness might have turned out if the script had contained even a little more wit and ambition.
Audience Reviews for In the Mouth of Madness
Soft like yellow baby poop.
Apparently, the only thing worse than being stuck in a hack Sutter Cane story is being stuck in a hack John Carpenter movie.
Now this is your complete John Carpenter experience right here, the perfect type of film for his crazy ass imagination. Everything Carpenter made prior to this has elements all rolled in resulting in classic Carpenter horror mixed with body shock mutations.
The plot is creepy as it is surreal. Sam Neill is hired to find a missing horror writer in a small sleepy leafy US town, boy does Carpenter love small US towns. He must find Sutter Cane and retrieve his final novel for publishing. Sounds simple eh? well think again.
When I first saw this film it creeped me out a lot, these days it doesn't have the same kind of punch but its still solid. Carpenter goes into overdrive here with lots of trademark icky effects and monsters, most of which look like ideas from 'The Thing'. As usual effects are created with models and puppets which do now look a bit hokey but plenty of makeup and prosthetics and good use of suggestion.
The whole film is extremely surreal and plays out like a nightmare, in fact the whole point is you don't know if it is a nightmare or reality. Pretty much anything goes really as Sam Neill goes nuts trying to get out of Hobb's End and destroy the final evil horror manuscript. This surrealist approach does work and offers up plenty of weirdness which does equal some nice eerie moments, the ghostly boy cycling along the dark deserted highway at night being a good one.
The start of the film is definitely better than the second half and ending. The film is much more creepy as Neill and his female sidekick leave for and arrive at Hobb's End. After Neill gets what he needs and we return to reality the film slightly loses its mysterious spooky essence, the final sequence is an interesting twist to make you think.
Basically a descent into madness for Neill's character, but we're not even sure if he is a real person or not, could it all be part of the horror novel itself?. Its left to your own thoughts really which is cool but annoying also, I like to know what happens period.
If your a Carpenter fan then this will appeal with tentacled monster puppetry, creepy kids running about, satanic references and all set within a Michael Myers type American pie town. Just don't expect too many final answers regarding characters and plot.
An insurance investigator investigates the disappearance of a bestselling horror novelist whose books have the power to drive men mad. The pioneering meta-horror premise compensates for an ordinary execution.
In the Mouth of Madness Quotes
|Axe Maniac:||Do you read Sutter Cane?|
|John Trent:||Every species can smell its own extinction. The last ones left won't have a pretty time of it. And in ten years, maybe less, the human race will just be a bedtime story for their children. A myth, nothing more.|
|John Trent:||It's Cane's story and it'll spread with each new reader. That's how it gets its power.|
|Dr. Wrenn:||What about the people who don't read?|
|John Trent:||(smiles) There's a movie.|
|John Trent:||(talks to a teenage boy reading a Sutter Cane book) Like the book?|
|Young Teen:||I love it.|
|John Trent:||(pulls out an axe) Good. Then this shouldn't come as a surprise. (Kills the teenager)|
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