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 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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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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The Sutter Cane character is clearly based on John Carpenter's friend Stephen King, even referencing King's New England roots, with Hobb's End filling in for King's Castle Rock. Carpenter directed a film version of King's Christine (1983). Additionally Michael De Luca had previously written the screenplay for the King adaptation The Lawnmower Man (1987). However, the characters say that Sutter Cane is even more popular than Stephen King. See more »

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(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 »

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Saperstein: [to Dr. Wrenn] Things must be getting pretty bad out there to bring you fellas in.
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Animal action 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 »

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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 »

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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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An unexpected treat
20 February 2005 | by willywantsSee all my reviews

Insurance claims expert John Trent (Sam Neill) Goes off on a search for missing horror author Sutter Cane (Jürgen Prochnow), convinced his disappearance is a hoax. Once Trent goes looking for the missing author, he's lead to Hobb's End, a supposedly fictional New England town, to discover that something very wrong is going on…and Sutter Cane is responsible. "In the Mouth of Madness" came as a delightful surprise to me.

I rented the DVD solely because I'd been wandering the video store shelves for close to 45 minutes (I have a little too much free time) and figured I'd be kicked out so I grabbed a handful of movies. This was one of them, and let me tell you I'm sure glad I did, because this is a damn fine flick!

To start, Sam Neill is excellent, as is Mr. Prochnow. The only bad performer here is Julie Carmen (Regina from Fright Night 2), who gives a wooden and thoroughly unconvincing "when-the-hell-do-I-get-my-paycheck?" performance.

Michael De Luca's script is sharp enough to never takes itself too seriously, while at the same time it can be very scary and dark. John Carpenter's direction was top-notch. Some of the guy's recent films have been…disappointing, to say the least, but here he delivers the gore, suspense and action like a pro.

The special effects are great. The boys over at KNB effects studios cook up lots of monsters, gore and slime, delivering the goods as usual. The creatures here are indeed reminiscent of Carpenter's "The Thing", their creative and all look very lovecraftian in design.

At times the film can be extremely scary. The old trick of using darkness and shadows to convey creepiness that Carpenter's so good at are present and good as ever.

"In the mouth of madness" pulled all the right strings and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Highly recommended.

8/10.

Oh, and great ending.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

3 February 1995 (USA) See more »

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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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2.35 : 1
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