In the Mouth of Madness

In the Mouth of Madness

DVD - 2000
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Sutter Cane is a best-selling author whose newest novel is literally driving readers insane. When he inexplicably vanishes, his publisher sends special investigator John Trent to track him down. Drawn to a town that only exists in Cane's books, Trent crosses the barrier between fact and fiction and enters a terrifying world from which there is no escape.
Publisher: [United States] : New Line Productions, c2000.
ISBN: 9780780628564
078062856X
Branch Call Number: DVD INTH
Characteristics: 1 disc (95 min.)

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loganlib_Ashley Feb 21, 2017

An incredibly surreal experience, that, yes, draws heavily from lovecraft mythos. While films in this realm aren't as common as the culture phenomena cthulhu has become would indicate, this is definitely a film that draws heavily from that area, as well as the horror genre writer boom in the 80s ... Read More »


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ausnos
Aug 29, 2017

Despite some of the campy scenes, I rather enjoyed this movie.

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VonHafenstaaad
Jun 23, 2017

This is one of John Carpenter's more underrated movies (The other being Prince of Darkness). With an excellent cast that includes Sam Neill & Jurgen Pronchow, this is a well scripted, acted, & made film. This also is an EXCELLENT homage to the author H. P. Lovecraft. With this movie having several character names & plot elements directly taken from H. P. Lovecraft's stories.

loganlib_Ashley Feb 21, 2017

An incredibly surreal experience, that, yes, draws heavily from lovecraft mythos. While films in this realm aren't as common as the culture phenomena cthulhu has become would indicate, this is definitely a film that draws heavily from that area, as well as the horror genre writer boom in the 80s (the film explicitly mentioning Stephen King at one point).
The ideas and effects are often fantastic and bold, with dreadfully morbid depictions of body horror, but occasionally dip, and either appear ridiculous, or just fail to meet the bar the film has created. A pivotal scene is hypothetically awesome and terrifying to behold, but involves clumsy FX, and a narration of a horror, that should be a nod towards the literary ability to inspire terror and disgust, but comes off as lazy and not especially thrilling. Sam Neill is enjoyable, but begins to drift into the protagonist formula of 'unbending disbelief', which apparently is intended as a part of his character, but appears to be a horror trope that confounds viewers familiar with it.
Honestly, the scenes and plot of the film are vivid, and exemplary of Carpenter's vision, and worth watching. Go in expecting a metaplot, not a realistic plot.

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lukasevansherman
Jan 06, 2017

John Carpenter had a rough 90s. After establishing himself as one of the premier genre directors of the 70s & 80s, he released a series of flops and mediocre films, including "Memoirs of an Invisible Man," his remake of "Village of the Damned," "Escape from L.A.", and 1994's "In the Mouth of Madness." "Madness" is actually an interesting failure. Sam Neill, who co-starred in "Invisible Man" plays an insurance agent tracking down a popular, but missing horror writer named Sutter Cane. While Cane is supposedly based on Stephen King, the film is positively Lovecraftian. Lovecraft is everywhere now, but he was still an obscure cult writer in the mid-90s, which is partially to explain for the film's box office failure. It sort of falls apart from time to time, but Carpenter is not afraid to go off the deep end and there are a lot of bloody/creepy moments. Worth a look if you're a fan of either Carpenter or Lovecraft. Co-starring Jurgen Prochnow, John Glover, and, oddly, Charlton Heston.

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michaelbrouillette
Jun 23, 2015

Lovecraftian horror is something that is severely lacking in cinema. This movie was good, not great, but as far as lovecraftian themes go, this is one of the best I've come across.

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jazeebelle
Jun 07, 2014

I agree with the reviewer below. It's a wonderful idea. And now, keep in mind i have a soft spot in my heart for Sam Neill.... but i didn't think the acting was that horrible. All that being said, i really wish this movie would have been executed better. Such a waste for such potential....

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hendrikhols
Jan 23, 2012

The concept has so much potential to bad this film sucks.

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coolpup
Jan 19, 2011

It's one of the worst movies I've seen in a long time. The only horror I saw in it was the bad acting. If somebody would have been watching it with me, I would have asked them to try to stop my laughing long enough to make an attempt at being scared.

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haPPY_FUn_baLL
Dec 19, 2010

The idea is there, just poorly executed. This H.P. Lovecraft themed film by John Carpenter should be better considering having stars Sam Neill and Jurgen Prochnau, but the script and unconvincing special effects make this a ham-fisted and unintentionally funny effort.

Q: why has Hollywood not mined H.P. Lovecraft's works more than they have? "The Call of Cthulhu" would be awesome in the hands of a good director and modern FX.

PS: Charlton Heston makes a cameo. His acting is the scariest thing in the flick.

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haPPY_FUn_baLL
Dec 19, 2010

haPPY_FUn_baLL thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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