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In the Mouth of Madness (1994)

An insurance investigator begins discovering that the impact a horror writer's books have on his fans is more than inspirational.



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Sutter Cane (as Jurgen Prochnow)
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Conrad Bergschneider ...
Marvin Scott ...
Katherine Ashby ...


With the disappearance of hack horror writer Sutter Cane, all Hell is breaking loose...literally! Author Cane, it seems, has a knack for description that really brings his evil creepy-crawlies to life. Insurance investigator John Trent is sent to investigate Cane's mysterious vanishing act and ends up in the sleepy little East Coast town of Hobb's End. The fact that this town exists as a figment of Cane's twisted imagination is only the beginning of Trent's problems. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Rated R for images of horror, and for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

3 February 1995 (USA)  »

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John Carpenter's In the Mouth of Madness  »

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$8,000,000 (estimated)


$8,946,600 (USA)

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2.35 : 1
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Although Sutter Cane might appear to be representative of Stephen King, he's more likely to be based on H. P. Lovecraft, and Hobb's End is based on Lovecraft's Arkham rather than King's Castle Rock. The plot of the film also more closely resembles something Lovecraft might have written, focussing on the effects that horrific occurrences have on one's sanity, rather than on the external horrors that most of King's writings lean towards. Even the title, "In the Mouth of Madness," appears to be an homage to Lovecraft and his story, "At the Mountains of Madness." See more »


(at around 1h 11 mins) When Sutter Cane peels himself away to reveal the abyss, although most of his upper half is no longer "in reality" his shadow on the wall behind him remains perfectly intact. See more »


Linda Styles: A reality is just what we tell each other it is.
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Animal interaction was monitored by the American Humane Association with on set supervision by the Toronto Humane Society. No animal was harmed in the making of this film. Human interaction was monitored by the Inter Planetary Psychiatric Association. The body count was high, the casualties are heavy. See more »


Written by Roger Nichols and Paul Williams
Performed by The Carpenters
Published by Irving Music, Inc. (BMI)
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Assaults your mind not your giblets.
24 June 2011 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I found this film terrifying. Sure there is no man in a stripy jumper coming to 'stab you up' and no one is tied to a chair and worked on with an angle grinder.

This film makes excellent use of those iconic every day objects that become scary in the correct context. (E.G Clowns, mannequins, Victorian prams or a child's ball bouncing down a stair case.) People who have seen this will know what I mean when I say the word bicycle.

Rather than physical peril this film uses assaults on your grasp of reality. mine obviously isn't that great as I find this movie petrifying.

The production of the film isn't great and there are more exciting films out there. But if you have some imagination, are a little romantic and like being scared without having to sit through some poor soul forced to spectate live at their own autopsy, then this deserves every one of its eight stars.

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