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In The Mouth Of Madness [VHS] [1995]

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  • Actors: Sam Neill, Julie Carmen, Jürgen Prochnow, David Warner, John Glover
  • Directors: John Carpenter
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Eiv
  • VHS Release Date: 15 April 1996
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CR4P
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 199,863 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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From master horror/sci-fi director John Carpenter comes the story of top horror writer Sutter Cane (Jurgen Prochnow), whose ghoulish novels have driven his readers to insanity. When Sutter disappears, his publisher (Charlton Heston) sends insurance investigator John Trent (Sam Neill) to locate him. However, as Trent gets closer to the author, he finds that the boundaries between reality and fiction are rapidly blurring.

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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 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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4.3 out of 5 stars

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Caligula II. on 15 Jun. 2014
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
THE MOVIE

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.

RATING: 7 / 10

THE BLU-RAY

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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Green Man Music on 17 April 2012
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Shepo on 22 Jun. 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Follower of Todd on 19 Aug. 2014
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I came across this movie as a result of a recommendation from Noah Antwiler, aka "The Spoony One". He was talking about John Carpenter movies and mentioned this one which I'd never come across before and described it as "The Best Lovecraftian Horror Movie ever made" and I have to admit it's hard to argue with that. John Carpenter has tried his hand at Lovecraftian horror before with his fantastic remake "The Thing", which in many ways is a loose adaptation of Lovecrafts "At the Mountains of Madness". So when he came to make this clear homage to Lovecraft you can see him use some of the same techniques. From the fantastic special effects, to the growing sence of paranoia, it's a movie that very quickly grips you into it's mad world. It also uses a fantastic "meta" narrative as it both sends up and praises the horror tropes of the past. A thoroughly fun film for anyone who enjoys John Carpenters sense of tongue in cheek horror.
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