In the Mouth of Madness (1994)
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Reviews Counted: 32
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Average Rating: 4.6/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 7
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Average Rating: 3.5/5
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Hired to help locate a missing author, an insurance investigator discovers to his terror that the nightmarish events depicted in the writer's best-selling horror novels are coming true. Wishing to be both a horror film and a parody of the genre, John Carpenter's In the Mouth of Madness combines supernatural thrills with winking references. For instance, the vanished author, Sutter Cane (Jürgen Prochnow), is modeled on writers like Stephen King and Howard Phillips Lovecraft, from his great
Feb 3, 1995 Wide
Feb 8, 2000
New Line Home Entertainment
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A thinking person's horror picture that dares to be as cerebral as it is visceral.
A stylized collection of well-timed shockers, helped along by the contributions of its capable cast.
Hardly terrifying, but where Carpenter fails in that device he makes up for in ambitious leaps of mind-boggling and odd entertainment.
best of the post-cold war carpenter movies
Too all over the place to be effectively scary. I suppose it's an accurate portrait of insanity, but too hard to follow.
Kind of scary return to form for Carpenter.
After awhile, the redundancies begin to hamper the narrative, and it becomes rather tiresome.
Limp performances and ludicrous special effects remove this study of reality from any sense of it.
Great fun to watch, with even the requisite cheap shocks doling out a good jolt.
A fun, clever horror picture, full of creepy crawlies, things that go bump in the night, and references to everyone from H.P. Lovecraft to Dario Argento.
Horrormeister John Carpenter (of Halloween fame) is back in fine form as a master of suspense and ghoulish fantasy.
Audience Reviews for In the Mouth of Madness
- 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)
- John Trent: (about the new book) Have you read it?
- Paul: No. I never read Cane's work. I haven't got the stomach for it.
- John Trent: Pull it. Don't distribute it. Even if everything I've said is totally Looney Tunes...I know this book will drive people crazy.
- Paul: Well, let's hope so. The movie comes out next month.
- Sutter Cane: (on the bus with John Trent) I'm not going anywhere. I'm God now. You understand?
- John Trent: God's not supposed to be a hack horror writer.
- Sutter Cane: But maybe I can help you believe. Look around when you wake up. Did I ever tell you my favorite color was blue? (Everything on the bus turns blue)
- John Trent: (frightened) Aaaaahhhhhhh!
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