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In the Mouth of Madness [Blu-ray] [1994] [US Import]

David Warner , John Glover    Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: David Warner, John Glover, Sam Neill
  • Format: Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Oct 2013
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,884 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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 phenomenon Sutter Cane, a Stephen King-like author whose fans are literally mad 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 zombie-like towns person. 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 Axmaker

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cane's Model 17 April 2012
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Sutter Cane is a phenomenally best-selling horror writer with hundreds of millions of fans worldwide who, according to media tales, are so affected by his writing that some of them are beginning to descend into a kind of madness.

When Cane suddenly vanishes, just after the submission deadline for his next bestseller, an investigator is hired by the publisher to find him and bring back Cane's completed manuscript for publication - millions of dollars' worth of sales are counting on it.

The investigator follows a hunch that Cane is living in the town referred to in his horror novels, and arrives there with one of the publisher's reps.

However after experiences in the town gradually get stranger and stranger, it appears that they have walked in to a Cane's final horror story - and with Cane having written them it, it is down to the twisted genius whether or not they - and indeed the rest of the world - survive.

A classic John Carpenter film that seems to pull some unusually good acting even out of the likes of Sam Neill and Charlton Heston, as well as its interesting premise this film has some genuinely creepy moments.

A homage to Lovecraft, as well as the blatant Lovecraftian hordes of chaos towards the end there are some nice touches - the hotel receptionist being called Mrs Pickman for example, a reference to Lovecraft's Pickman's Model, a similar tale of a piece of art becoming reality.

Wonderful, imaginative, full-on fantasy horror, with a typically Lovecraftian ending of futility and insanity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars SLOW DESCENT INTO MADNESS 15 Jun 2014
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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)
Chapters: 28
Extras: Commentary, Theatrical Trailer
Region: A, B, C (region free)

Picture quality: A-
Audio quality: A-
Extras: D
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mouth of Madness 22 Jun 2012
By Shepo
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I remember seeing this film on BBC2 years ago when I was a little kid and I've always wanted to see it again but could never find it anywhere. I have no idea why it isn't in production in the U.K but I'm glad I was able to get hold of this all region DVD, it works no problem. It arrived within two days of placing the order.

The plot centres around Sam Neill who is an insurance investigator, he is sent by a publishing company to track down their biggest selling horror writer who has gone missing. He tracks him to a small town called Hobbs End and ... well I dont want to give it away, lets just say that it gets interesting.

It scared the hell out of me when I was a kid and it did a pretty good job of it now I'm an adult. Ha. It has some great moments of creepiness while they're driving and its got plenty of the Carpenter gore that we all love. All in all 5/5.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why is this not available on DVD? 28 April 2009
Format:VHS Tape
In my opinion, this is by far John Carpenter's best film. Certainly his cleverest, wittiest, and downright enjoyable. Paying homage to both H P Lovecraft and Stephen King, it's a film where you can never predict what's going to happen, full of weird goings on, and lots of creepy, slimy monsters in dark places and people going mad. Sam Neill is excellent in the lead role, I think this is one of his best performances, and the mind-bending plot where you never know what's reality really gets under your skin. This is such an underrated film and I can't praise it enough. It's one of those films that gets inside your head and refuses to leave. I love nearly all of John Carpenter's movies, but this is by far his best, and the fact that it isn't even available in the UK on DVD is a crime. Worth buying on VHS, it's that good!
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2.0 out of 5 stars A good effort at filming the unfilmable 2 Nov 2012
Concept: An HP Lovecraftian 'Elder Gods' story of someone being driven insane by seeing the world as it really is.

What's good: The 'something's not quite right' sections are very good, and the samples of other Hobb's End storylines are all good stuff.

There's more intelligence here than the vast majority of horror films. The issue of what's reality and what's in Neill's head is left nicely open: 'Reality isn't what it used to be!'

What's not so good: The reveal isn't as good as the build up. Other films have this problem too, of course. By far the best bits of the Kubrick version of The Shining are the shots of the boy cycling around the hotel: you know something horrible is going to happen, but not what or when. In contrast, Jack Nicholson finally going wild with an axe is amusing rather than frightening. Here, we're treated to some not terribly convincing wobbly tentacled beings which are supposed to send you insane just by looking at them. They don't.

The structure doesn't quite work. There's a fanedit that recomposes the film into a linear story, losing the occasional flashes of the other bits of the story, and it works much better that way.

The casting isn't quite right either. Neill does cynical investigator much better than madman, while Carmen is better asleep (or as a model head on an acrobat's body!) than awake. In contrast, Prochnow doesn't really get a chance to show his talent.

Overall: It's just a pity that it doesn't quite work. The 'it can't be true... but it is!' genre has produced some better films than this and similarly the twist has been done better too. Part of the problem is that no-one's done a good commercial 'Elder Gods' type film. The best effort is from the H.P.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Not involving enough to complete watching
Did not actually get to the end of this film as I was bored and did not return to watch remaining three quarters before my rental time expired. I don't feel I missed out though.
Published 17 days ago by echo
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good !!
Published 24 days ago by Dimitris E.
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Excellent picture, excellent film, and the original English language a doddle to find.
Thoroughly recommend the film and the seller....
Published 3 months ago by MR S LIGHTFOOT
5.0 out of 5 stars love craft anyone?
one of my favorite carpenter movie starring sam neil giving an incredible performance.
when carpenter visits the works of stephen king an love craft you can't go wrong... Read more
Published 5 months ago by s m cauvin
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!!!!!
One of carpenters best! Proberly his last great film! The picture quality on the Blu ray is great unlike the original region 1 DVD which was to dark! Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sam Neill at his finest
This films getting on a bit now, but the plot, characters and the ending make it a horror classic in my eyes! Sam Neill i salute you!
Published 6 months ago by Simon Bird
5.0 out of 5 stars quality review
good quality and played well with no problems. i had no issues of any kind when i used this product
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4.0 out of 5 stars Strange
Saw this years ago and forgot what it was like. Bit confusing but ok if you like that sort of thing.
Published 7 months ago by Steve Oakley
4.0 out of 5 stars Good viewing for Lovecraft fans
If you're a Lovecraft fan, this is for you. It's a good rendition of his work and the acting is pretty good.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Poor Sound Quality on DVD
I saw this movie on the cinema - its a most underrated film - a typical John Carpenter horror tale with a hint of an homage to H.P.Lovecarft. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Mr. J. Adlington
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