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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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No matter though, as Carpenter is on his A-Game. The director brings with him the same visual knack that helped the film's spiritual brethren, "Prince of Darkness," rise above its equally nonsensical story. Also, there's that rocking (and admittedly dated) guitar-driven score provided by Carpenter himself to help nudge things along. Those opening credits, underscored by that oh-so-'80s guitar, has the feel of an icon from the previous decade stubbornly refusing to bow to trends as he enters the next phase of his career (think of '80s heavy metal acts digging their heels in in the wake of Nirvana). Like the film itself, the music feels out of step with everything else going on in horror cinema at the time, which only adds to its appeal.
Private investigator John Trent (Sam Neill) is tasked with tracking down prolific horror novelist Sutter Cane (a Stephen King-type), who has suddenly vanished under mysterious circumstances. Was he kidnapped by an axe-wielding fanatic? Has he finally cracked and retreated to his sleepy New England homestead? Or is this is all one great, big publicity stunt? Trent re-tells this story after the fact to a doctor (David Warner, ironically coming face-to-face with his "Omen" foe once again) in the mental hospital he now calls home. His tale involves a beautiful companion (Julie Carmen) and some truly grotesque creatures, in what ultimately culminates in one great, big mind-trick.
Carpenter brings with him a great deal of mad energy. It could be said that "In the Mouth of Madness" is the director's last, glorious gasp before settling into a mid-career slump that he has yet to pull out of. The story isn't always cohesive, but the film pushes along with considerable enthusiasm, often failing to slow down and catch the viewer up. Does this really matter when the film is so visually stimulating and its monsters equally intriguing? Not the slightest bit. A great film to watch in the wee hours of the night before the inevitable slumber, "In the Mouth of Madness" has a lot to offer within its gaping maw.
which is based on HP lovecraft novels
i love the plot in this film, creepy and bizarre with some Horror, critics didn't praise the film much when it was released back in 1995
but i'm a fan so i still love watching the film
i'm not going to explain the whole plot if your a big fan of John carpenter's films then you know what this film is about
i have the New line cinema DVD release which is both Widescreen and fullscreen formats, i watch it in widescreen looks much better
picture and audio is pretty Good quality being Digitally remastered to DVD
the only extra on this dvd release is an Audio commentary by John carpenter and D.O.P Gary Kibbe
theres a Trailer and filmographies
and then i found out this film was getting a Blu-ray release by Warner bros, i was very excited about it i was going to buy it
the blu-ray has just been released to buy earlier this week Oct 15
i havn't bought it yet i was going to do some research first to see if it's worth the money to buy
as it turns out this Blu-ray release is not worth buying at all in my opinion
i havn't seen the blu-ray quality so i can't comment on the picture and audio quality
i would be surprised if the quality is excellent HD transfer
the film is in Widescreen
when i did my research i found pictures of blu-ray cover art
i found there are no special features/extras on this blu-ray release at all
except for an Audio commentary track by John carpenter and Cinematographer Gary kibbe
which is the same commentary track from the 2000 New line cinema release
there's trailer of course
there's no new interviews with John carpenter or making of featurette
it's the same extras as the DVD release, so a very pathetic, poor effort by warner bros
an absolute waste of money
if there was a new interview or new making of featurette with John carpenter
than definitely worth the money
i can't comment on the blu-ray quality cause i didn't bother buying this release
it has the same extras as the DVD release so there's no point wasting money just to find out if the blu-ray quality is excellent HD
so if your a big fan of this film just keep the New line cinema DVD release
i love the film but this blu-ray release is a waste of money no point buying it
i was pushing to give this blu-ray 3 stars meaning OK release, it probably deserves only 2
if warner bros put some effort into it and added a new interview or making of featurette with John carpenter at least
then i would give this blu-ray probably 4 stars, but it's not worth it at all
warner bros obviously was not thinking of the fans when they released the film on blu-ray
they just did another recycle of the DVD release in my opinion
if you've got money to burn then just buy the blu-ray just to check the picture transfer
cause you get the same extras as the DVD release.
which is only an audio commentary.
apart from that just keep your DVD release
I think all in all, I was trying to figure out why the reviews that were given for a great horror were made so great, as I thought the movie was boring, it just sucked. I truly was more frustrated waiting for a good scene that actually enjoying watching this pointless waste. I think I feel better after writing all this, and glad that it only cost $2.99 to rent and that I didn't actually by it like the waste I did with midnight meat train. So, I'll end hear, as I need to use the toilet, which I'm sure will be more enjoyable that the past hour and a half.