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18 Things We Learned from John Carpenter’s In the Mouth of Madness Commentary

18 January 2017 9:17 AM, PST | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

“Sometimes it’s fun to do something a little darker.”

It’s John Carpenter’s birthday this week, so of course we gave a listen to one of the few commentary tracks he’s done that we haven’t covered yet. (And now we know why.)

In the Mouth of Madness (1994)

Commentator: John Carpenter (director), Gary B. Kibbe (cinematographer)

1. Carpenter himself refers to this as the third film in his unofficial “Apocalypse Trilogy” which also includes The Thing and Prince of Darkness.

2. The opening credits sequence was filmed by the second-unit at a printing press in Toronto, Canada.

3. The asylum exterior/main hall is actually a water reclamation plant off Lake Ontario, while the basement cells were built on a set.

4. Sam Neill, who plays John Trent, was cut by broken glass in the scene where his cell door window is shattered. “He wasn’t too happy about it.”

5. Neill is apparently “the world’s biggest fan »

- Rob Hunter

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