A prophet? A devil? An oracle? A preacher? Whoever he is, he outsells every other author with his Lovecraftian style horror books, and now he's turned up missing. John Trent (Sam Neill) begins the film in an insane asylum, telling Dr. Wrenn (David Warner) a fantastical tale.
John, an insurance investigator, was hired to find the missing Sutter Cane (talented Jurgen Prochnow). Tagging along with him is the publisher's assistant Linda Styles (Julie Carmen). Together, after John pieces together a map made from Cane's book covers, they set out to find the fictional New Hampshire town called Hobb's End, featured in Cane's book and supposedly his current hideout.
Those allegedly firm lines between reality and insanity begin to slip-slide away when John finds Hobb's End. Styles had warned him that Cane's work had been known to have effects on his less stable readers, resulting in disorientation, memory loss, and severe paranoid delisions. John believes this, having been attacked by a man with an axe, asking him if he read Sutter Cane.
But, now that he's found Hobb's End, will John be able to leave? After meeting Sutter Cane, can John handle the tales told to him? Is John factual or fiction? And what lies in wait for him in the black church?
Believers, fanatics, followers, all flock toward Sutter Cane's work, which boils down to one question - is it fiction or reality?
Look for a great performance by John Glover as Saperstein, plus cameos from Charlton Heston as Jackson Harglow and Bernie Casey as Robby. The acting is good and the atmosphere creepy, but the editing is a bit choppy in places. However, those who love great 'B' horror won't be disappointed in this little lovecraftian-type terror fest. One of John Carpenter's best films outside of 'The Thing'. Enjoy!
First of all, I'd like to thank a certain penpal of mine who brought this movie to my attention. Otherwise, I probably would have ignored it. Most John Carpenter fans don't consider the 90's his best decade in terms of movies, though I think this movie is a pretty underrated horror diamond in the rough. While my favorite horror titles from the 90's are Event Horizon and Wes Craven's New Nightmare, In the Mouth of Madness has been a very welcome horror … more
In the Mouth of Madness is the final chapter in the loosely linked trilogy of the Apocalypse. John Carpenter returns to the silver screen with another dark and depressing film (yay!). This tale is about the disappearance of one of the World's most sought after and best selling novelist Sutter Kane (Jurgen Prochnow). His publisher has hired a private investigator (Sam Neil) to look for the writer, Sutter Kane's latest novel is well over due. The consumers are waiting with cash in hand. After … more
I want to thank Everyone for welcoming me back! :) I'm here to stay folks, my sabbatical on writing reviews is over and I'll continue to review for Lunch. It's great to be back, too! Thanks again for … more
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Starring Sam Neill, Julie Carmen, Jurgen Prochnow, Charlton Heston Watch for young Hayden Christenson as the Paper Boy Directed by John Carpenter Writer: Michael De Luca 1994
Product Description A best-selling authors 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. Special features: eng. Subitles & more Studio: New Line Home Video Release Date: 09/26/2006 Starring: Sam Neill Charlton Heston Run time: 95 minutes Rating: R Director: John Carpenter