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In the Mouth of Madness (1995)

Sam Neill , Jürgen Prochnow , John Carpenter  |  R |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (298 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sam Neill, Jürgen Prochnow, Julie Carmen, David Warner, John Glover
  • Directors: John Carpenter
  • Writers: Michael De Luca
  • Producers: Artist W. Robinson, Michael De Luca, Sandy King
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 8, 2000
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (298 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 078062856X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,231 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "In the Mouth of Madness" on IMDb

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The mind-bending worlds of author H.P. Lovecraft have long interested horror directors, but the films have rarely successfully captured his nightmarish mix of madness and mythology. John Carpenter's In the Mouth of Madness is not directly based on Lovecraft's work, but screenwriter Michael De Luca draws his inspiration from Lovecraft's Cthulu mythology and then adds his own ingenious twists. John Trent (Sam Neill), an insurance investigator recently fitted for a straightjacket, tells his story to a psychiatrist. Hired to track down the missing pop-horror phenomena Sutter Cane, a Stephen King-like author whose fans are literally made for his books, Trent finds the supposedly fictional Hobb's End. He watches the town collapse into madness, murder, and monstrous transformations: the fantastic horrors of Cane's novels played out in front of his eyes. "Reality isn't what it used to be," deadpans one zombielike townsperson. In fact, it is how Cane writes it--but is he Devil, dark oracle, or simply a preacher in the service of an evil that grows stronger with every soul his books convert? The script never quite gets a grip on the blurry relationship between fact and fiction, but those details fade in the face of Carpenter's demented imagery, shiver-inducing twists, and dark wit. It's more eerie mind game than straight-out horror, a portrait of a world gone mad, and Carpenter relishes every hallucinatory moment. --Sean Axmaker

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The mind-bending worlds of author H.P. Lovecraft have long interested horror directors, but the films have rarely successfully captured his nightmarish mix of madness and mythology. John Carpenter's In the Mouth of Madness is not directly based on

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107 of 114 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great work by Carpenter and Cast July 15, 2003
Format:DVD
Before I get into my review of the film itself, let me say that one of the other reviewers is quite correct. The commentary on this DVD is hands-down the most mind-numbing exercise in boredom ever. "So, you used a soft focus back lighting here to deepen the shadows, right?" "yep". Not a real quote from the commentary, but it gives you a taste of the tedious nature of their conversation.
The movie, on the otherhand is anything but boring. I had been a Carpenter fan for quite some time when I went to see this in the theater. Most of Carpenter's films seemed to be centered around a certain atmosphere. IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS is wrapped around a concept. If enough people believe something, does it become reality?
Sam Neill plays John Trent, an insurance investigator who specializes in smoking out con artists. He is hired to find Sutter Cane (played with relish by Jurgen Prochnow), the world's leading author. The search leads to a town that shouldn't exist; Hobb's End, a town featured prominently in Sutter Cane's books.
What follows is a mixture of John Carpenter atmosphere, H.P. Lovecraftian madness, and deep concepts. Even if you don't want to think that much, you can still enjoy the film for it's terrifying beauty, disturbing images, and great performances by a fine cast that includes Charlton Heston and Bernie Casey. Although not taken directly from any one H.P. Lovecraft story, the locations and creatures are probably the best depiction of Cthulhu-type content ever filmed. Even the title of the movie sounds very much like "In The Mountains of Madness", a Lovecraft story. It does a fine job of honoring Lovecraft's work without copying any of his ideas directly.
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51 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite horror movie bar-none November 4, 2006
Format:DVD
If you're a horror fan this is the movie for you. If you're like me and you love supernatural horror more than slasher horror, than this is THE movie for you. Scares and a deep, strong story, through and through. A superb ending. Can't be beat. This should be in any horror fans library to watch whenever you they can.
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52 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Carpenter's Tour de Force December 27, 1999
By David M
Format:DVD
Much more than a simple horror movie, In the Mouth of Madness takes the viewer on the twisted tale of insurance fraud investigator John Trent (Sam Neill) sent to find world famous pulp horror writer Sutter Cane (Jurgen Prochnow of Das Boot, Dune). Carpenter's cinematic style reaches its pinnacle in this wild ride and his self-composed score completes the masterpiece. Full of outstanding introspective scenes juxtaposed with Carpenter's trademark wit, ITMOM delves into the core of reality and, more importantly, the perception of reality. What is reality but what the mass populus believes it to be? Sutter Cane's twisted books have become more believable than the Bible in the world of ITMOM and John Trent finds himself an unwitting pawn of Cane's warped apocalypse. A visually astounding, thought provoking movie that is not to be missed.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HP Lovecraft fans will LOVE it !!!! November 9, 2006
Format:DVD
this is a severely freaky movie! it's a MUST OWN for HP Lovecraft fans. If you're not a Lovecraft fan, it's still good, but some of the subtle points might get overlooked. I love this movie! Sam Neil plays a great "freak out" character. But again, if you don't know Lovecraft's "style" you might get a little lost in the ending and events leading up to it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A minor masterpiece May 6, 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
As stated elsewhere, not based on an actual Lovecraft tale, but - nevetheless - "In the Mouth of Madness" must rank as one of the finest exercises in Lovecraftian terror ever committed to celluloid. It's mercifully free of the gibberish that accompanies many Lovecraft imitations (the so-called 'Cthulhu Mythos')because John Carpenter is more interested in taking the central concepts from Lovecraft's best tales and putting his own unique spin on them. The result is a film that is genuinely scary, beautifully filmed and full of images that will remain with you long after you've switched the DVD player off. Everyone involved seems to be giving their best, and the results speak for themselves. A criminally underrated film.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of Carpenter's more underappreciated films August 13, 2006
Format:DVD
John Carpenter has had quite a bad string of films that fail to live up to the standards he has set with his past works and those fans of his films who have seen him as a master of the genre. In 1995 he came up with a very good film that paid homage to two master writers of the horror-fantasy genre. Carpenter's In the Mouth of Madness was a very good film that thrilled both his fans and those of the horror genre.

Sam Neill stars as insurance investigator John Trent who's hired by publishing editor Jackson Harglow (played by Charlton Heston in a brief role) to find one of their star novelist: the extremely popular horror novelist, Sutter Crane (played with weird creepiness by Jurgen Prochnow). It seems Crane has disappeared and cut off all contact with his handlers just as his latest horror novel's released. Throughout the beginning of the film there's a sense that Crane's latest book has more than an entertaining effect on those who've bought and read it. Homicidal individuals Trent encounters throughout the film and all linked to Crane's book and what he thought was a fictional New England town used in all of Crane's books. The town of Hobb's End was a definite homage to Stephen King and H.P. Lovecraft who also created the fictional towns of Castle Rock and Arkham to locate many of their stories.

Neill does a great job of conveying Trent's bewildered, confused and ultimate descent into the mouth of madness Crane's writings seem to have opened in reality itself. From the weirdly peculiar to obscenely homicidal going ons by the townspeople of Hobb's End, Trent's logical nature is put to the test by the Lovecraftian situations and events he witnesses as his search for Sutter Crane leads from him from one horror to the next.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good film shame no visual extras
C'mon Warner! Give us at least a few extras! Wheres the making of or cast interview?

The film itself is well represented on this 1080p disc. Read more
Published 20 hours ago by M. Hevingham
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting look into an idea
Do we react to reality -- or do we create reality from our thoughts and beliefs? There have been movies and books concerning the need for faith to keep the "gods" alive. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Charles K. Summers
5.0 out of 5 stars totally Insane Ending!!!
Movie is insane. Sam Neill's acting is superb. Great writing and directing, None of the dialogue is wasted. It has Charlton Heston. It's a John Carpenter Movie. Nuff said.
Published 20 days ago by Michael L. Wolff
4.0 out of 5 stars In The Mouth of Madness
The film is a sort of John Carpenter homage to HP Lovecraft and is a wonder film to watch on a cold stormy night. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Mark Notarian
4.0 out of 5 stars A Carpenter classic!
I've seen this movie so many times over yet it still always pleases me to see something new the next go around. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Louie
3.0 out of 5 stars In the mouth of madness
I enjoyed the movie. It was quite creepy. I do enjoy the way the movie's plot messes with what's real and what's not. Read more
Published 27 days ago by Maria L. Loudenslager
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my all time favorites!
What can be said about Blu-rays? They look great! I got this as a gift for my husband as it's a favorite of ours. Fast shipping, great packaging, awesome movie!
Published 1 month ago by shesxaxpeach
5.0 out of 5 stars wow
it was better then i thought it was gonna be , monsters were a little old school but the story itself and performances were a trip, makes you wonder.....2014
Published 1 month ago by sch_haw
3.0 out of 5 stars book
It is about the guy who went too far from investigation to write a book that he did see in the future that relate to revelation but kind of interesting to watch also people think... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Patty
3.0 out of 5 stars Good one!
It is a good choice for a night of entertainment but that all. Interesting and different. Psychological terror. I won't watch again.
Published 1 month ago by Marisa Serrano
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