A memorable masterpiece.
Finely attuned to the disquieting realm of the irrational.
| Original Score: B
best of the post-cold war carpenter movies
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Not Carpenter's worst, but it tries.
| Original Score: 2/5
Too all over the place to be effectively scary. I suppose it's an accurate portrait of insanity, but too hard to follow.
| Original Score: 1/5
Kind of scary return to form for Carpenter.
| Original Score: 3/5
Carpenter can't establish the kind of welling dread that Lovecraft conjured, so he shifts to makeup and pyrotechnics.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
This is terror at its most delicious.
| Original Score: 4/5
A thinking person's horror picture that dares to be as cerebral as it is visceral.
The names are big, but the payoff is small.
Cheesy horror celebrating the power of cheesy horror, while pretending to be appalled.
| Original Score: 1/4
After awhile, the redundancies begin to hamper the narrative, and it becomes rather tiresome.
| Original Score: 2/4
Limp performances and ludicrous special effects remove this study of reality from any sense of it.
Uninvolving, abysmally scripted horror picture.
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.
Confusing, weird, and not very involving.
Great fun to watch, with even the requisite cheap shocks doling out a good jolt.
| Original Score: B-
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.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Horrormeister John Carpenter (of Halloween fame) is back in fine form as a master of suspense and ghoulish fantasy.