In the Mouth of Madness Review
Synopsis:An insurance investigator begins discovering that the impact a horror writer's books have on his fans is more than inspirational.
In the Mouth of Madness (1994) is a rated R 1h 35-min American Lovecraftian fantasy-mystery horror movie that I love tremendously and have seen several times so my review might be biased. John Carpenter did a phenomenal job directing Michael De Luca‘s (American History X (1998), The Social Network (2010), Captain Phillips (2013), Magnolia (1999)) brilliant screenplay/sharp storyline which was unique and compelling. I love that In the Mouth of Madness plays on insanity and sensationalism - mind boggling goodness.
John Trent (Sam Neill - Grant (1993), Jurassic Park III (2001), Event Horizon (1997), The Hunt for Red October (1990)) who is a patient in a psychiatric hospital who recounts his story after Dr. Wrenn visits him. Trent began by telling us that he was an insurance investigator investigating a new claim by Arcane Publishing. Trent was talking to his friend over lunch while he was attacked by a crazed out man with an ax who asked him if he reads Sutter Cane. Police officers shot the attacker before he did any harm to Trent. We learn that the attacker is one of Sutter Cane’s (Jurgen Prochnow - Das Boot (1981), The Da Vinci Code (2006), The English Patient (1996), Beverly Hills Cop II (1987)) agents who became crazy/insane after reading Sutter’s book and murdered his family.
Arcane Publishing director Jackson Harglow (Charlton Heston - Ben-Hur (1959), Planet of the Apes (1968), Sworn to Secrecy: Secrets of War (1998-2002), Touch of Evil (1958)) assigned Trent to investigate the disappearance of horror writer Sutter Cane. Trent also had to find Sutter’s manuscript for his final novel with the assistance of Sutter’s editor, Linda Styles (Julie Carmen - Gloria (1980), The Milagro Beanfield War (1988), Fright Night Part 2 (1988)) who was assigned to go with Trent. Linda informed Trent that Sutter’s stories are known to make people disorientated, have memory loss, and feel paranoid. Trent does not believe any of it and thinks it is a big hoax to get attention and thinks that Sutter is hiding somewhere. He discovers that Sutter’s books have a message when they are aligned. The message indicates or forms New Hampshire outline and marks Hobb’s End which is a fictional setting that Sutter used for several of his books.
Trent and Linda set out on their mission to find the town which they did, but the town has the people and landmarks that are in Sutter’s book. All of the actors gave us brilliant performances which were compelling enough to make us want to go along on their journey making this an excellent film. Viewers will best enjoy this movie if they view it multiple times because there is so much to take in one viewing that you miss some stuff and then you will be amazed at what you missed upon seeing it for the second or third time.
About In the Mouth of Madness (1994)
Original Title: John Carpenter's In the Mouth of Madness
Runtime: 95 minutes
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Total Avg. Votes: 15
Writers: Michael De Luca
Director: John Carpenter