In The Mouth Of Madness (1994)

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With the disappearance of hack horror writer Sutter Cane, all Hell is breaking loose...literally! Author Cane, it seems, has a knack for description that really brings his evil creepy-crawlies to life. Insurance investigator John Trent is sent to investigate Cane's mysterious vanishing act and ends up in the sleepy little East Coast town of Hobb's End. The fact that this town exists as a figment of Cane's twisted imagination is only the beginning of Trent's problems. --IMDb
Review by bluemeanie
Added: April 06, 2006
John Carpenter owned the horror genre in the 1980's with films ranging from "The Thing" to "Escape from New York" -- he owned the horror genre. He cooled off in the 1990's, but still managed to churn out a couple of really fine horror films, one of them being "In the Mouth of Madness", his take on the whole horror write phenomenon of the 80's and 90's than King and Koontz helped foster. The result is a film that seems more like something Wes Craven would have thought up than John Carpenter.

Sam Neill stars as an insurance investigator looking into the life of the most popular writer in the world at the time, Sutter Cane. This leads Neill and his partner (Julie Carmen) to a small town where the residents seem a bit odd and Cane is treated like a God. This might be because Cane's literary world is slowly coming alive and becoming reality, sending Neill's character down an insane road of what is real and what is not. The sequences within the town are some of the finest Carpenter has given us.

There is just so much to love about this film, from the old lady who keeps her husband chained down below the reception desk to the creepy little kids at the church. Sam Neill is great as the investigator trying to get to the bottom of things, and Jurgen Prochnow is equally good and very sinister as Sutter Cane. "In the Mouth of Madness" is a departure for Carpenter in terms of style, but it certainly bares his trademark use of creature effects, i.e. "The Thing" and his reliance on the common fears of the regular movie goer. This is one of Carpenter's best film efforts yet. 8.5/10.
Ginose #1: Ginose - added 12/13/2006, 12:07 AM
Best Carpenter film ever. Best horror flick of the late 90's for sure. I'm a HUGE fan of Lovecraft and... well... this movie has everything a Lovecraft fan could ask for. Insane visuals, trippy story, excellent direction, insanity at it's finest. Easily one of the top 3 Lovecraft films... alot of people will argue the Lovecraft influence on this movie. Well, fuck ya'll. 10/10
Tristan #2: Tristan - added 05/16/2007, 11:30 PM
This might be one of the lamest movies I've ever seen. I know horror movies sort of put off a bad vibe, but this just plain stunk. I don't think I enjoyed one minute of it. She chained him to the floor. 5 second scene, which was pointless. The kids at the church. 10 second scene, which was pointless. This movie was one pointless, and boring sequence after another. I like Sam Neill, but holy shit this was bad. 0/10
Lucid Dreams #3: Lucid Dreams - added 05/15/2010, 01:00 AM
This movie was a trip and the ending is very fucked up. 8/10
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