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In the Mouth of Madness [Blu-ray] (2013)

Sam Neill , Julie Carmen , John Carpenter  |  R |  Blu-ray
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (307 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sam Neill, Julie Carmen, Jurgen Prochnow, David Warner, John Glover
  • Directors: John Carpenter
  • Writers: Michael De Luca
  • Producers: Michael De Luca, Sandy King
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 15, 2013
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (307 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00DBNLAZW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,002 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A best-selling author's newest novel is literally driving readers insane. When the author inexplicably vanishes, a special investigator hired to track him down crosses the barrier between fact and fiction and enters a terrifying world from which there is no escape. Directed by horror legend John Carpenter (Vampires).

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109 of 117 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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10 of 10 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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9 of 9 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 Scary
Keeps you on the edge of your seat, early movie for Sam Nell.
Published 9 days ago by Cheynne1
4.0 out of 5 stars Last movie that triped by out
This is the last movie that really freaked me out. If you get into it is a good movie if not it is kinda dumb. A spoiler will ruin the movie.
Published 10 days ago by Joseph M. Creaney
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally! Now we just need "Vampires"
While it's unfortunate that it's lacking in special features, the movie looks good and it's great to have one of John Carpenter's last truly GREAT films on home video for the first... Read more
Published 14 days ago by jellydonut25
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Lovecraft Story Never Written by Lovecraft
A complex but well executed homage to the literary world of H.P. Lovecraft without specifically covering the author's work. Read more
Published 17 days ago by chris
5.0 out of 5 stars Blu is best
I saw it at the movies and even better in blu- one of john's best, great transfer
Published 26 days ago by Mitchell J. Mehdy
5.0 out of 5 stars John Carpenter Meets Lovecraft
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... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Brian
5.0 out of 5 stars The Great John Carpenter!!!
This is one of my favorite horror films I've seen. I love John Carpenter this might be my favorite by him but it's hard to say. Few horror films creep me out but this one did. Read more
Published 3 months ago by The Great Gregory
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
Was very pleased with my purchase. I had rented this movie and liked it so much that I wanted to own it.
Published 3 months ago by Rebecca Bugara
4.0 out of 5 stars He sees you... on Blu Ray!
First off, I love this movie. I'd put this up there with the best of Carpenter's offerings and it only gets better with every viewing. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Terrence A.
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 3 months ago by M. Hevingham
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....Just picked up my blu-ray copy on release day. Had the original cardboard snap case dvd forever. Time to upgrade one of my favorite horror movies.
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