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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
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 AxmakerSee all Editorial Reviews
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DVD-R media hasn't proven itself in terms of longevity, not to mention that the printed labels look cheap, so I regard $17 for a DVD-R copy as a rip-off. If I wanted a DVD-R copy of this movie, I would've downloaded a copy from the internet and burned it myself.
Item packaged with care.
Bluray; Visual clarity is great, but only has the same basic special as the old DVD version.
John carpenters commentary is more of a teaching tone. Very minimal enthusiasm on his part, for my taste. However, since I'm a fan, its nice to hear his voice.
I really dug the story Put forth with the hypothesis of popular conscience dictating reality. And always points for Lovecraftian references as well.
Soft spot in my heart for this, which I think is a good companion piece to a few other Carpenter lighter-hearted movies like They Live or possibly Big Trouble. I don't know if the Blu-ray is a direct transfer of the DVD or not but the picture, in my opinion, holds up extremely well. Although I am not what you might call an AV-phile.
The story is as follows. An insurance investigator named John Trent (Sam Neil) is hired to find a missing author of many bestselling horror novels named Shutter Cane. Trent, accompanied by a Cane's editor named Linda Styles (Julie Carmen), is on case when they find themselves in a seemingly nonexistent town where they continue to come across things that seem to be things right out of Cane's novels. They soon realize that they might have stepped into another world which seems to be a product of Cane's stories.
This film, like many of Carpenter's works has pretty much everything going for it. The film has an amazing premise. What if stories from famous horror writers like Stephen King became real? The film is clearly John Carpenter's love letter to horror legends like H.P. Lovecraft and he does a good job capturing their style. The film has an amazing atmosphere and the score is great and really adds to atmosphere the film sets up. The effects are amazing as well. They are not as good as say The Thing, but they are still above average. I will say the effects are better here than in say Cabin in The Woods, which is sad really.
The cast is great. Sam Neil, who is probably one of the most underrated actors out there, gives one of his best performances ever. Seeing him trying to keep his grip on reality and in the end him finally snapping is great. Sam Neil just nails every note. The rest of the cast is fine as well.
Overall, In the Mouth of Madness is a very fun ride and a great love letter to classic horror. If you are a fan of H.P. Lovecraft's work like Tales from the Crypt, a fan of John Carpenter and his other films, then this is definitely up your ally.
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