In the Mouth of Madness Movie Information

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Overall Rank: 2569

Average Rating: 2.8/4

# of Ratings: 97

Theatrical Release Date: 02/03/1995

Language: English

Genre: Horror, Mystery

MPAA Rating: R

Director: John Carpenter

Actors: Sam Neill, David Warner, Jürgen Prochnow, Peter Jason, Julie Carmen, John Glover

Plot: When horror author Sutter Cane disappears, an insurance agent has to track him down. But the closer he gets to finding him, the more he finds the walls of reality and fiction bleeding together.

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Logan D. McCoy - wrote on 12/27/2023

Tackling the concept of meta-horror before it was cool, "In the Mouth of Madness" isn't John Carpenter's most recognizable movie but it's certainly one of his most original.

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Unknown - wrote on 09/13/2012

Clever and surreal horror, in which the mystery remains mysterious even past the closing credits. It's surprising, has great practical effects and a story that you can wrap your head around.

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Yojimbo - wrote on 09/13/2012

Carpenter's career was in decline by now, but this still stands up as a great piece of psychological horror. Extremely surreal and preferring to continually blur the line between fact and fiction, you never feel your perceptions are quite on solid ground. It also has one of my very favourite endings of any movie!

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Happy Halloween everyone!

Matthew Brady - wrote on 10/31/2020

“Do you read Sutter Cane?”

One of the best movie experience I’ve had in awhile, especially with a horror movie. I can’t think of any other way to get yourself in the right mood for a movie then watching this on Halloween night, in the pitch black, headphones into the laptop, a bag of Skittles, and a cold Dr. Pepper.

Now that’s cinema right there.

‘In the Mouth of Madness’ is a great John Carpenter movie and just like some of his other work, it is very underrated. I honestly don’t understand the mixed reception this movie received. However I guess a mix reception to his movies must be second nature to John Carpenter. Not a flawless movie, but much better than most people make it out to be. A perfect blend of Stephen King and H.P. Lovecraft, mixed into a cocktail …


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CJP - wrote on 10/11/2008

Action: 1.5/3 + Comedy: 0/2 + Good vs Evil: 1/1 + Love/Sex: 0.5/1 + Special Effects: 0.5/1 + Plot: 1/1 + Music: 0/1 = 4.5/10 or 45%.

The main problem here is Sam Neil's turn to madness because he lacks any build or pushing point to transform. This is sad since the concept here is exceptionally fun and the loose debates regarding reality and the extent of gods, particularly how a god is formed, are constructed well. Rather than transforming effectively as the reality of the world does however, Neil decides to yell and scream in nearly every scene and then colors his face with a black crayon. Thus, the special effects and altering reality, which aren't as exceptional as the ideas they boast, overshadow most everything including the weak acting.

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