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In the Mouth of Madness (1994) ★★★★

In the Mouth of Madness


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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.


In the Mouth of Madness is the second John Carpenter film to nest within my Top-25 Horror Movies Of All Time. This is the ultimate nod to H.P. Lovecraft as both a writer and visionary. This film’s premise and story drives its greatness. What is reality? Can one’s fiction become another’s reality? Sam Neill who was brilliant in Possession, turns in another brilliant performance in a horror movie. This film has fallen a few spots in my top-25, but still holds up really well thirty years later.

There’s not many good Lovecraftian films out there. But In the Mouth of Madness shines not only incorporating Lovecraft’s beasties into the mix, but also his mesmerizing storytelling that came to light years after his death. A truly great cinematic homage to HPL. Also, I just now realized, through dozens of viewings, that the paperboy towards the end of the movie is Hayden Christensen (of Star Wars series fame) in his very first movie.

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

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