Directed by John Carpenter (1995)
Reviewed by Deejay, added on Mar 10 2009
Iíve watched this movie too many times to count, and was surprised to find no review of this on the site. In The Mouth Of Madness is basically the story of an insurance fraud investigator, John Trent, played by Sam Neill, looking into the disappearance of a horror fiction writer named Sutter Cane (Jurgen Prochnow). The movie is centered on the fact that Sutter Caneís work is coming to life and somehow driving the readers insane. The missing author leads to a search for Hobb's End, a strange town from Caneís novels. John and his imaginary girlfriend find the town, find the crazy people and finally find Sutter Cane. They soon learn that the readers give the books their power. This creates an epidemic of crazy people throughout the world. And if you canít read the book, donít worry: they made a movie.
John kills a few people and is soon committed to an asylum where he designs his own line of Christian outerwear. SPOILER: The world finally destroys itself and John realizes that he is simply part of the plot.
As I mentioned earlier, Iíve watched this movie many times and although it's set in the 90s, where people can still smoke in large office buildings and officers can strike down the homeless with their batons, it still holds its own. I even find myself still being freaked out by the old lady with her abused husband chained to her leg.
John Carpenter did a great job in this film and this is yet another great example of non-CGI films holding their own. Sam Neill always seems to play a great madman (if you donít believe me, just watch Event Horizon) and this is the type of role Iíd like to see him in more often. I have no complaints. This is one of the few films that I enjoyed immensely as a kid and still enjoy today. I think the world needs more movies like this. Just enough twist without leaving you feeling like punching someone in the face.
Comments from MaT...
10/10 for me.