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In the Mouth of Madness (1994)

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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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John Carpenter

Writer:

Michael De Luca
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sam Neill ... John Trent
Julie Carmen ... Linda Styles
Jürgen Prochnow ... Sutter Cane (as Jurgen Prochnow)
David Warner ... Dr. Wrenn
John Glover ... Saperstein
Bernie Casey ... Robinson
Peter Jason ... Mr. Paul
Charlton Heston ... Jackson Harglow
Frances Bay ... Mrs. Pickman
Wilhelm von Homburg ... Simon
Kevin Rushton ... Guard #1
Gene Mack Gene Mack ... Guard #2
Conrad Bergschneider ... Axe Maniac
Marvin Scott ... Reporter
Katherine Ashby Katherine Ashby ... Receptionist
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Storyline

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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Reality isn't what it used to be... See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

The "Wall Of Monsters" at the end was not several monsters being controlled individually. Instead, it was one single special effect that was attached to a vehicle-like wheelbase and had to be pushed along with a crank. During the filming of this scene, the Wall of Monsters accidentally ran over Greg Nicotero's foot and he had to be taken to a nearby hospital. See more »

Goofs

(at around 14 mins) When the axe-wielding madman is shot several times by police men, no visible bullet marks are made by the gunfire. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Wrenn: [re: Trent] Did he make any requests?
Saperstein: Just... one. A, uh... single black crayon.
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Crazy Credits

The closing credits exclude all the main characters and begin with Frances Bay See more »

Alternate Versions

The original theatrical release had the 1987-1994 New Line Cinema logo at the opening. The 2013 Blu-ray from Warner Bros. plasters it with the modern New Line logo. But the 2018 Blu-ray release from Shout! Factory restores the original logo. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022) See more »

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WE'VE ONLY JUST BEGUN
Written by Roger Nichols and Paul Williams
Performed by The Carpenters
Published by Irving Music, Inc. (BMI)
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In the Mind of John Carpenter
7 August 2001 | by BaronBl00dSee all my reviews

What a treat of a film this was. It is witty, intelligent, and scary. The basic plot premise is anything but basic as the line between reality and fantasy is almost indistinguishable through most of the film. What is going on? Who really knows...I'm not sure even director John Carpenter knows. But what we do get is a guessing game of what is real and un-real in a very stylish, sophisticated, almost bizarre fashion. The film opens in a mental asylum with protagonist Sam Neill being put in a padded cell whilst in a straight-jacket. The setting is larger than life. The characters around Neill are caricatures for the most part. John Glover plays a doctor(Doctor Saperstein...a possible homage to Rosemary's Baby) with complete camp. David Warner, another doctor, begins talking to Neill and asking him about what happened. The rest of the film then details what Neill did working with regards to a lost author named Sutter Cane. The plot is much more complicated than that and may take subsequent viewings to fully understand WHAT can be understood. The end result is at the very least a very gratifying one as Carpenter constructs a dream-like story that has obvious roots in both the fiction of H. P. Lovecraft and Stephen King. The acting is good all around...Neill is excellent as John Trent. He makes a very believable presence in a sea of un-reality. Julie Carmen is also very good in her role. Look for Charlton Heston as a publisher and Bernie Casey in a cameo as well. Kudos to Mr. Carpenter for bringing his visions of horror to the silver screen once again. This may be his best film...certainly his most thought-provoking and sophisticated.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 February 1995 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

John Carpenter's In the Mouth of Madness See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,441,807, 5 February 1995

Gross USA:

$8,924,549

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$8,924,549
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New Line Cinema See more »
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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