In the Mouth of Madness (1994)


“A reality is just what we tell each other it is.” – Linda

Number of Times Seen – 1 (3 Sep 2019)

Brief Synopsis – An investigator is hired to try and find a horror writer who’s latest book is causing people to commit homicide and suicide.

My Take on it – As many of you probably already know, I’m not a fan of horror films at all.

The one exception is Stephen King stories since I both read his books and watch the movie adaptations of his writings.

This film quite quickly reminded me of something that King could create and that helped draw me in to the story much more easily and even found myself enjoying the story being told.

Sam Neill is great in the lead and helps make us truly believe that his character isn’t quite sure what is real or imagined in all that is going on around him.

THe story itself plays out really well because they find a way to show how both the characters and the audience are never quite sure if all that we are seeing is real or not and they toe this line throughout which makes things even more enjoyable to watch unfold.

This movie has a great supporting cast, most notably Jürgen Prochnow who stands out among the rest who helps keep things really enjoyable.

Great seeing Charlton Heston is a small yet significant role.

Director John Carpenter is able to keep things together really well here and delivers a very entertaining story that keeps the viewer guessing all the way through.

Bottom Line – Very reminiscent of Stephen King and his novels which helped draw me in. Neill is great in the lead and manages to make us believe that his character isn’t 100% sure what is real and what is not. The story plays out really well especially because they toe the line between fact and fiction throughout and both the characters and the audience are never quite sure whether things are really happening or not. The supporting cast help keep things enjoyable and I loved seeing Heston in a small yet significant role.  Carpenter does a nice job keeping this story from getting out of hand and delivers really well here. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – 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. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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2 thoughts on “In the Mouth of Madness (1994)

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