In the Mouth of Madness

In the Mouth of Madness

Director: John Carpenter Cast: Sam Neill, Julie Carmen, Jürgen Prochnow

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Overview

Hired to help locate a missing author, an insurance investigator discovers to his terror that the nightmarish events depicted in the writer's best-selling horror novels are coming true. Wishing to be both a horror film and a parody of the genre, John Carpenter's In the Mouth of Madness combines supernatural thrills with winking references. For instance, the vanished author, Sutter Cane (Jürgen Prochnow), is modeled on writers like Stephen King and Howard Phillips Lovecraft, from his great popularity to his obsession with small-town New England. Indeed, it is to one such hamlet that investigator John Trent (Sam Neill) and Cane's female editor (Julie Carmen) travel, discovering a town filled with terrifying scenes right out of Cane's books, from random axe murders to far worse. Have Cane's fans gone psychotic and begun imitating his writings, or are Cane's stories of an otherworldly evil invading the earth actually true? In the Mouth of Madness's mix of self-referential satire and real frights anticipates the later Scream (1996).

Product Details

Release Date: 11/22/2016
UPC: 0888574446192
Original Release: 1994
Source: Warner Archives
Time: 1:35:00
Sales rank: 912

Special Features

Commentary by director John Carpenter and cinematographer Gary B. Kibbe Original theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sam Neill John Trent
Julie Carmen Linda Styles
Jürgen Prochnow Sutter Cane
John Glover Saperstein
Charlton Heston Jackson Harglow,Actor
David Warner Dr. Wrenn
Frances Bay Mrs. Pickman
Wilhelm von Homburg Simon
Gene Mack Guard #2
Conrad Bergschneider Axe Maniac
Marvin Scott Reporter
Ben Gilbert Young Teen
Dennis O'Connor Cop
Sharon Dyer Homeless Lady
Garry Robbins Truck Driver
Sean Roberge Desk Clerk
Deborah Theaker Municipal Woman
Carolyn Tweedle Nurse
Tom Bell Farmer
Bernie Casey Robinson
Peter Jason Paul
Hayden Christensen Paper Boy
Kevin Zegers Kid

Technical Credits
John Carpenter Director,Score Composer
Artist Robinson Asst. Director
Howard Berger Makeup
Robin Bush Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Bush Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Clydesdale Casting
Michael De Luca Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Elinor Rose Galbraith Set Decoration/Design
Jeff Steven Ginn Production Designer
Peter Grandy Art Director
Gary B. Kibbe Cinematographer,Screenwriter
Sandy King Producer
Robert Kurtzman Songwriter
Jim Lang Score Composer
Owen Langevin Musical Direction/Supervision
Martin Malivoire Special Effects
Bruce Nicholson Special Effects
Gregory Nicotero Makeup
Artist W. Robinson Associate Producer
Edward Warschilka Editor

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- In the Mouth of Madness
1. Main Title [3:11]
2. "I'm Not Insane!" [4:11]
3. Trent's Story [2:30]
4. An Insurance Investigation [2:21]
5. The Axe-Wielding Agent [2:32]
6. Jackson Harglow [4:36]
7. The Line Begins To Blur [5:18]
8. Putting The Pieces Together [3:20]
9. On The Road [6:48]
10. Hobb's End [2:39]
11. Pickman Hotel [3:39]
12. The Black Church [3:39]
13. Styles Comes Clean [2:14]
14. A Talk With Mrs. Pickman [2:56]
15. Back To The Church [1:48]
16. Cane In The Flesh [4:23]
17. Horror Hotel [4:17]
18. No Way Out [5:13]
19. True Confessions [3:30]
20. In The Mouth Of Madness [5:03]
21. Light Of Day [2:22]
22. Special Delivery [1:21]
23. God's Favorite Color [2:35]
24. Quite A Story [2:05]
25. The Axe Falls [4:26]
26. A Free Man [2:01]
27. The Last Picture Show [1:22]
28. End Credits [4:49]

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In the Mouth of Madness 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the few movies that stays true to the feel and style of master horror writter HP Lovecraft. The atmosphere is sutably creepy. You half expect Lovecraft himself to be narrating the scene where Sam Neil realizes he's driving in circles through the town! Also, the special effects are very subtle. No giant monsters rampaging over Tokyo. Only half-glances of misshapen things that should not be lurking in the shadows. John Carpenter has really outdone himself with this one. If you're a fan of subtle, mind-rending horror or of HP Lovecraft in general, pick up this movie for your collection.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago