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  • 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: 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: 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.
    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: (smiles) There's a movie.


  • John Trent: (talks to a teenage boy reading a Sutter Cane book) - Like the book?
    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: (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?
    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?
    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!!!
    John Trent: (frightened) Aaaaahhhhhhh!


  • John Trent: Hey, kid. Did you ever hear of Hobbs's End?
    Paper Boy: What? (Rides away on his bicycle)


  • Sutter Cane: Do you want to know the problem with places like this...With religion in general? It's never known how to convey the anatomy of horror. Religion seeks discipline through fear...yet doesn't understand the true nature of creation. No one's ever believed it enough to make it real. The same cannot be said of my world.
    Sutter Cane: Do you want to know the problem with places like this? With religion in general? It's never known how to convey the anatomy of horror. Religion seeks discipline through fear, yet doesn't understand the true nature of creation. No one's ever believed it enough to make it real. The same cannot be said of my world.
    John Trent: Your books aren't real.
    Sutter Cane: But they've sold over a billion copies. I've been translated into eighteen languages. More people believe in my work than believe in the Bible.
    John Trent: You got a point.
    Sutter Cane: I think you know it.
    John Trent: There has to be some kind of an explanation...for what I've seen tonight. I'll sort this shit out later, but right now...there has to be some kind of a simple fu**ing explanation.
    John Trent: There has to be some kind of an explanation for what I've seen tonight. I'll sort this shit out later, but right now there has to be some kind of a simple fu**ing explanation.
    Sutter Cane: Always looking for the con. Even now you're trying to rationalize.
    John Trent: Anyway...your books suck.
    John Trent: Anyway, your books suck.
    Sutter Cane: You must try reading my new one. The others have had quite an effect...but this one will drive you absolutely mad.
    Sutter Cane: You must try reading my new one. The others have had quite an effect, but this one will drive you absolutely mad.


  • Linda Styles: (talking to John Trent) - Cane's writing me. He wants me to kiss you.
    Linda Styles: (talking to John Trent) Cane's writing me. He wants me to kiss you.


  • Farmer: (Trent tries to stop him, before the man blows his head off with a shotgun) - I have to. He wrote me this way!!
    Farmer: (Trent tries to stop him, before the man blows his head off with a shotgun) I have to. He wrote me this way!!


  • Farmer: (referring to the wounds on his face) - This was done by a five-year-old...my five-year-old; Johnny's sister. She did me after she did her mom.
    Farmer: (referring to the wounds on his face) This was done by a five-year-old, my five-year-old; Johnny's sister. She did me after she did her mom.


  • John Trent: Busy night. Special effects, hidden speakers...You people are professionals, I'll give you that.
    John Trent: Busy night. Special effects, hidden speakers. You people are professionals, I'll give you that.
    Farmer: The thing I can't remember is what came first...us or the book.
    Farmer: The thing I can't remember is what came first, us or the book.
    John Trent: We are not living in a Sutter Cane story! This is not reality!
    Farmer: Reality is not what it used to be.


  • Linda Styles: I'm losing me, John. Help me. I'm losing me.


  • Sutter Cane: You can edit this one from the inside, looking out. It's funny, isn't it? For years, I thought I was making all this up. But they were telling me what to write...giving me the power to make it all real. And now it is...All those horrible, slimy things...trying to get back in? They're all true. Come. See the instrument of their homecoming. What you have come looking for. The new Bible...that starts the change...helps you see.
    Sutter Cane: You can edit this one from the inside, looking out. It's funny, isn't it? For years, I thought I was making all this up. But they were telling me what to write...giving me the power to make it all real. And now it is. All those horrible, slimy things, trying to get back in? They're all true. Come. See the instrument of their homecoming. What you have come looking for. The new Bible, that starts the change, helps you see.


  • Kid: (after their ball rolls over to Linda) - Give it.
    Kid: (after their ball rolls over to Linda) Give it.
    Linda Styles: What are you? Where do you come from? Where do you live?
    Kid: With you.
    Linda Styles: Who takes care of you?
    Kid: You do...You're my mommy...Know what today is? Today is Mommy's Day.
    Kid: You do. You're my mommy. Know what today is? Today is Mommy's Day.


  • John Trent: You an actor?
    Farmer: Take a hint, leave...This ain't no tourist town.
    Farmer: Take a hint, leave. This ain't no tourist town.
    John Trent: Oh, I've been trying to. You guys are good, you know; you, the old lady at the hotel...really, really good.
    John Trent: Oh, I've been trying to. You guys are good, you know; you, the old lady at the hotel. Really, really good.
    Farmer: Cane's been messing with the church. Now something came leaking out, took the little ones first...then passed it on to us.
    Farmer: Cane's been messing with the church. Now something came leaking out, took the little ones first, then passed it on to us.
    John Trent: Can I buy you a beer?
    Farmer: Don't let it get to you. Just get out.


  • Mrs. Pickman: (to her suffering husband who's handcuffed to her ankle) - Hush!
    Mrs. Pickman: (to her suffering husband who's handcuffed to her ankle) Hush!


  • John Trent: I was just on my way out. I thought I'd stop and admire the artwork.
    Mrs. Pickman: It's beautiful, isn't it?
    John Trent: Sure is. Styles told me you painted it yourself.
    Mrs. Pickman: You mean the pretty young thing you came in here with? I don't know her at all...Does she know me?
    Mrs. Pickman: You mean the pretty young thing you came in here with? I don't know her at all. Does she know me?
    John Trent: She claims she does. (Points at the painting) - So you're not responsible for this?
    John Trent: She claims she does. (Points at the painting) So you're not responsible for this?
    Mrs. Pickman: Heeeeell no.


  • John Trent: What's it about, the new one (the book)?
    Linda Styles: It's about the end to everything...and it starts here in this place...with an evil that returns and takes over Hobbs's End...piece by piece, starting with the children. It's about people turning into things...creatures that aren't human anymore.
    Linda Styles: It's about the end to everything, and it starts here in this place, with an evil that returns and takes over Hobbs's End. Piece by piece, starting with the children. It's about people turning into things, creatures that aren't human anymore.
    John Trent: It's fiction, Styles, fiction.


  • John Trent: This whole thing has been staged, that's how. You, Harglow, and Cane put me through all of this...so I can blab to the media...about Cane's haunted little town...help you sell a few more million copies. Well, f**k that!
    John Trent: This whole thing has been staged, that's how. You, Harglow, and Cane put me through all of this so I can blab to the media about Cane's haunted little town, help you sell a few more million copies. Well, f**k that!


  • John Trent: Miss Styles, if that's what you saw, then...yeah, I guess it would be a little...unsettling. I'd be a little unnerved myself. But regardless of what you saw, regardless of what you think...we are not living inside a Sutter Cane story.
    John Trent: Miss Styles, if that's what you saw, then yeah, I guess it would be a little unsettling. I'd be a little unnerved myself. But regardless of what you saw, regardless of what you think, we are not living inside a Sutter Cane story.
    Linda Styles: (picks up the book) - They're all in here.
    Linda Styles: (picks up the book) They're all in here.
    John Trent: The Mrs. Pickman in the book is a lunatic...who chops her husband into coleslaw. That sweet old thing that we met downstairs...isn't capable of anything worse than...dipping her dentures into her husband's beer.
    John Trent: The Mrs. Pickman in the book is a lunatic who chops her husband into coleslaw. That sweet old thing that we met downstairs isn't capable of anything worse than, dipping her dentures into her husband's beer.
    Linda Styles: Trent, I know you think this is a joke. Just listen to me for a second, please. What if Cane's work isn't fiction?
    John Trent: Oh, for Christ's sake. This is reality. (Knocks on the desk)...You hear that...Reality?
    John Trent: Oh, for Christ's sake. This is reality. (Knocks on the desk) You hear that. Reality?


  • John Trent: We'd like a room, please. We're on our way to Boston. We thought we'd take a...break in your famous little town.
    John Trent: We'd like a room, please. We're on our way to Boston. We thought we'd take a break in your famous little town.
    Mrs. Pickman: Famous?
    John Trent: Yeah, what with the whole Sutter Cane thing and all.
    Mrs. Pickman: Sut-Sutter who?
    John Trent: Cane. We heard he came from around here...and comes back to stay once in a while.
    John Trent: Cane. We heard he came from around here, and comes back to stay once in a while.
    Mrs. Pickman: Uh, I don't know anybody named Cane.


  • John Trent: (wakes up right after Linda mysteriously drives into Hobbs End) - Styles, you're fantastic! You found it. - (Linda looks baffled as to how she actually got there)...What's wrong?
    John Trent: (wakes up right after Linda mysteriously drives into Hobbs End) Styles, you're fantastic! You found it. (Linda looks baffled as to how she actually got there) What's wrong?
    Linda Styles: (bewildered) - ...You drive.
    Linda Styles: (bewildered) You drive.


  • Linda Styles: (after hitting a mysterious boy on a bicycle, with her car) - Just don't move. He'll get a blanket, so lie still.
    Linda Styles: (after hitting a mysterious boy on a bicycle, with her car) Just don't move. He'll get a blanket, so lie still.
    Young Teen: (shivering with fear) - I can't get out.
    Young Teen: (shivering with fear) I can't get out.
    Linda Styles: Don't move.
    Young Teen: ...They won't let me out.
    Young Teen: They won't let me out.


  • Linda Styles: I just like being scared. Cane's work scares me.
    John Trent: What's to be scared about? It's not like it's real or anything.
    Linda Styles: It's not real from your point of view...and right now reality shares your point of view. What scares me about Cane's work...might happen if reality shared his point of view.
    Linda Styles: It's not real from your point of view, and right now reality shares your point of view. What scares me about Cane's work might happen if reality shared his point of view.
    John Trent: Whoa. We're not talking about reality here. We're talking about fiction. It's different, you know.
    Linda Styles: A reality is just what we tell each other it is. Sane and insane could easily switch places...if the insane were to become the majority...You would find yourself locked in a padded cell...wondering what happened to the world.
    Linda Styles: A reality is just what we tell each other it is. Sane and insane could easily switch places if the insane were to become the majority. You would find yourself locked in a padded cell, wondering what happened to the world.


  • John Trent: (tells Linda while driving) - Never, never, never...throw chips at a driver.
    John Trent: (tells Linda while driving) Never, never, never throw chips at a driver.


  • John Trent: (talking about Sutter Cane's disappearance and about his books) - Now I know why Cane had the artwork done himself. See this? It's a map. The red dot is Hobbs's End. It's not on any real map, but look at this. The two line up. Like it or not...Cane's book covers place Hobbs's End...right in the middle of New England.
    John Trent: (talking about Sutter Cane's disappearance and about his books) Now I know why Cane had the artwork done himself. See this? It's a map. The red dot is Hobbs's End. It's not on any real map, but look at this. The two line up. Like it or not, Cane's book covers place Hobbs's End, right in the middle of New England.
    Linda Styles: So you're saying the man went someplace fictional?
    John Trent: It's a real place in a real state; New Hampshire, to be precise.
    Paul: But it's not on the map.
    John Trent: Well, not on any new ones, but maybe on some old ones. There's plenty of forgotten towns across America...Makes a great contest, doesn't it? Put the pieces together; find the town...win a Sutter Cane lunchbox.
    John Trent: Well, not on any new ones, but maybe on some old ones. There's plenty of forgotten towns across America. Makes a great contest, doesn't it? Put the pieces together, find the town, win a Sutter Cane lunchbox.


  • Cop: (to John Trent; in a nightmare) - Do you want some too, buddy?
    Cop: (to John Trent; in a nightmare) Do you want some too, buddy?


  • Young Teen: (walks up to John Trent in the book store) - I can see.
    Young Teen: (walks up to John Trent in the book store) I can see.
    John Trent: Excuse me?
    Young Teen: (in a creepy daze) - He sees you.
    Young Teen: (in a creepy daze) He sees you.
    John Trent: (baffled) - Great, uh...Tell him I say hi.
    John Trent: (baffled) Great, uh. Tell him I say hi.


  • John Trent: We fu**ed up the air, the water, we fu**ed up each other. Why don't we finish the job...by just flushing our brains down the toilet?
    John Trent: We fu**ed up the air, the water, we fu**ed up each other. Why don't we finish the job, by just flushing our brains down the toilet?


  • Linda Styles: Cane's writing has been known to have an effect...on his less stable readers.
    Linda Styles: Cane's writing has been known to have an effect on his less stable readers.
    John Trent: An effect? Like what?
    Linda Styles: Well, disorientation, memory loss...severe paranoid reaction.
    Linda Styles: Well, disorientation, memory loss, severe paranoid reaction.
    John Trent: People pay money to feel like that?!


  • Paul: I understand you were there...when the poor man went crazy in midtown Manhattan. You witnessed the shooting, I believe.
    Paul: I understand you were there, when the poor man went crazy in midtown Manhattan. You witnessed the shooting, I believe.
    John Trent: That lunatic with the ax? That was Cane's agent?!
    Paul: Hard to believe, isn't it?
    John Trent: Yeah, well, you'd think a guy that outsells Stephen King...could find better representation.
    John Trent: Yeah, well, you'd think a guy that outsells Stephen King could find better representation.


  • Paul: Linda reads books for a living. She's one of our best editors. Since she joined the firm...she's been handling Sutter Cane exclusively.
    Paul: Linda reads books for a living. She's one of our best editors. Since she joined the firm she's been handling Sutter Cane exclusively.
    John Trent: Isn't he the guy that writes that horror crap?
    Linda Styles: Maybe he's too sophisticated for you. Sutter Cane happens to be...this century's most widely read author. You can forget about Stephen King. Cane outsells them all.
    Linda Styles: Maybe he's too sophisticated for you. Sutter Cane happens to be this century's most widely read author. You can forget about Stephen King. Cane outsells them all.


  • Reporter: Horror writer Sutter Cane...a harmless pop phenomenon...or a deadly mad prophet of the printed page? This was the scene today outside several city bookstores. Police believe the riots began...because the stores could not meet the demand...for advance orders of Sutter Cane's latest novel..."In the Mouth of Madness." When does fiction become religion? And are his fans dangerous? Only if you count axes!
    Reporter: Horror writer Sutter Cane a harmless pop phenomenon, or a deadly mad prophet of the printed page? This was the scene today outside several city bookstores. Police believe the riots began because the stores could not meet the demand for advance orders of Sutter Cane's latest novel..."In the Mouth of Madness." When does fiction become religion? And are his fans dangerous? Only if you count axes!
    Reporter: Horror writer Sutter Cane a harmless pop phenomenon, or a deadly mad prophet of the printed page? This was the scene today outside several city bookstores. Police believe the riots began because the stores could not meet the demand for advance orders of Sutter Cane's latest novel, 'In the Mouth of Madness.' When does fiction become religion? And are his fans dangerous? Only if you count axes!


  • Axe Maniac: (speaks to John Trent after swinging his axe through a restaurant window) - Do you read Sutter Cane?
    Axe Maniac: (speaks to John Trent after swinging his axe through a restaurant window) Do you read Sutter Cane?


  • John Trent: (to a man he's investigating for insurance fraud) - A word of advice...You want to pull a scam, don't make your wife a partner...If you do...don't fu**k around behind her back.
    John Trent: (to a man he's investigating for insurance fraud) A word of advice. You want to pull a scam, don't make your wife a partner. If you do, don't fu**k around behind her back.


  • John Trent: You're waiting to hear about my "them," aren't you?
    John Trent: You're waiting to hear about my 'them,' aren't you?
    Dr. Wrenn: You're what?
    John Trent: My "them." Every paranoid schizophrenic has one...a "them," a "they," an "it." And you want to hear about my "them," don't you?
    John Trent: My 'them.' Every paranoid schizophrenic has one a 'them,' a 'they,' an 'it.' And you want to hear about my 'them,' don't you?
    Dr. Wrenn: I want to know how you got here.
    John Trent: Things are turning to sh*t out there, aren't they?
    Dr. Wrenn: Let's talk about you.


  • Dr. Wrenn: My name is Dr. Wrenn...and I am going to try and get you out of here.
    Dr. Wrenn: My name is Dr. Wrenn, and I am going to try and get you out of here.
    John Trent: After all my redecorating? No. I think I'll stay.
    Dr. Wrenn: There's a guard with a pair of swollen testicles...who swears you wanted out of here.
    Dr. Wrenn: There's a guard with a pair of swollen testicles who swears you wanted out of here.
    John Trent: I, uh, well...I've changed my mind.


  • Saperstein: Things must be getting pretty bad out there...to bring you fellas in.
    Saperstein: Things must be getting pretty bad out there to bring you fellas in.
    Dr. Wrenn: (points to the cell) - Is this it? - Did he make any requests?
    Dr. Wrenn: (points to the cell) Is this it? Did he make any requests?
    Saperstein: Just one...A, uh...single black crayon.
    Saperstein: Just one. A, uh, single black crayon.


  • John Trent: This is a rotten way to end it.
    Sutter Cane: This is not the ending...You haven't read it yet.
    Sutter Cane: This is not the ending. You haven't read it yet.


  • John Trent: (music in the asylum starts playing) - ...Not the Carpenters, too.
    John Trent: (music in the asylum starts playing) Not the Carpenters, too.


  • John Trent: (locked in a cell) - I'm not insane. You hear me? I'm not insane!
    John Trent: (locked in a cell) I'm not insane. You hear me? I'm not insane!


  • John Trent: (gets locked up right after kicking a guard in the balls) - Look, I'm sorry about the balls! It was a lucky shot, that's all! Waaaaiiiiit!!!
    John Trent: (gets locked up right after kicking a guard in the balls) Look, I'm sorry about the balls! It was a lucky shot, that's all! Wait!


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