I admit, I had my problems with this movie. IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS starts out slow, REAL slow. Many Carpenter movies do, but this one particularly, and I must say the movie lost me between Sam Neill's character being hired by Charlton Heston's character to investigate the disappearance of a famous author and the car ride to Hobb's End.
There however the story begins to unfold brilliantly. John Trent's gradual descent into madness is well executed and believable. The boundary between reality and fiction begins to fade and once the end credits roll you are left with a very satisfying movie experience that will occupy your mind for a while after.
The direction is good, some scenes could have been paced better, especially in the first third of the movie, but overall a job well done.
The star ensemble do a fine job as well: Sam Neill, Jurgen Prochnow, David Warner, Julie Carmen and Charlton Heston.
If you are a fan of the works of H. P. Lovecraft, you will very much appreciate screenwriter Michael De Luca's references to Lovecraft's works throughout the film.
Not a brilliant movie and not Carpenter's best work, but a very well done psychological thriller nontheless.
4.0 OUT OF 5.0 STARS.
Reviewed version: 2013 New Line/Warner Bros. US Blu-ray
Feature running time: 95 mins. (uncut)
Rating: R (MPAA) / 18 (BBFC)
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1 / 16:9
Audio: English DTS HD 5.1, French (Canada) 2.0, German 2.0, Italian 2.0, Spanish (Castellano) 2.0, Spanish (Latino) 1.0
Subtitles: English HoH, French, German HoH, Italian HoH, Spanish (Castellano), Spanish (Latino)
Extras: Commentary, Theatrical Trailer
Region: A, B, C (region free)
Picture quality: A-
Audio quality: A-