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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 (316 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 (316 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 078062856X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,983 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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112 of 120 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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53 of 61 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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20 of 22 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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11 of 11 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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5.0 out of 5 stars this is one of his better ones.
Not for everyone, but for fans of John Carpenter films, this is one of his better ones.
Published 2 days ago by Robert Schaffer
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Lovecraft film ever made
In the Mouth of Madness is a very strange story about a book that invites bad things into our world by belief. If that concept is too weird for you, then back out now! Read more
Published 9 days ago by Peter C. Gorman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Arrived well packaged, on time and exactly as described. Thank You
Published 11 days ago by Steven Kennedy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good.
Published 18 days ago by Landon Babbitt
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my all time favourite movies!!
Published 18 days ago by Rachel S
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good, but I like The Thing better
One of Carpenter's weirder movies. Very good, but I like The Thing better.
Published 27 days ago by Leighanna
5.0 out of 5 stars Fright Fans will love it.
What can I say. John Carpenter during his hay day. It's in his pocket of great movies.

Sam Neill also during his hay day. Read more
Published 1 month ago by hawkeye
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this much more than I was expecting
Enjoyed this much more than I was expecting... Would've like to have seen more of the monsters though, and the ending was a tad bit of a let down - though on the other hand if... Read more
Published 1 month ago by M. Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this movie
Love this movie. Closest thing to a Lovecraftian film I've ever seen. Some of the special effects don't hold up, but the story more than makes up for it.
Published 1 month ago by shawn t baudler
4.0 out of 5 stars Scary
Keeps you on the edge of your seat, early movie for Sam Nell.
Published 2 months ago by Cheynne1
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