John Carpenter is by no means unknown to the world of movies that make you think and leave you feeling freaked out. He has such classics as The Thing and Prince of Darkness. However, his most interesting and shudder-inducing film, in my humble opinion, is In the Mouth of Madness.
This film borrows thematically from the master of weird fiction, H.P. Lovecraft. Where most films go wrong with Lovecraft is trying to adapt a direct story. Most of these, with a few exceptions, are poor at best. However, John Carpenter took the source material and found the consistent themes running within. We have an average man, who finds himself facing something beyond his scope of understanding. The terror of this film is not in a monster, but a world turned on its head.
This film stars Sam Neil, Jurgen Prochow, with Charlton Heston in a supporting role. Click on the image below to pick up a copy, and the official synopsis is below.
Synopsis: Imagine a novel so overwhelmingly hypnotic, so tremendously horrifying that it paralyzes its audience with fear and turns even its most sensible readers insane. When the author disappears, an insurance investigator hired to find the writer discovers far more than he could ever imagine in this spellbinding thriller. Starring Emmy and Golden Globe-nominee Sam Neill (“Jurassic Park,” TV’s “Merlin”), Jürgen Prochnow (“The Da Vinci Code,” “The English Patient”), Julie Carmen (“Gloria,” “The Milagro Beanfield War”), Emmy-winner David Warner (“Titanic,” TV’s “Masada”) and Academy Award and Golden Globe-winner Charlton Heston (“Ben Hur,” “The Ten Commandments”). Directed by John Carpenter (“Escape from New York,” “They Live”).
Just a reminder that Revfest is tomorrow, I hope you guys are able to come out. Onward to day 6 of our 31 days of Halloween. I’m calling this Freaky Friday because the selection for today is one that will mess with your head a little bit.
John Carpenter is one of my all time favorite directors. In 1994, he created what is in my opinion one of the greatest Lovecraftian horror films: In the Mouth of Madness. While this story is not based on any of the H.P. Lovecraft’s works, the film captures the essence of what makes Lovecraftian horror so great: an overwhelming sense of insignificance and the fear of things from outside our realm.
Sam Neil plays an insurance investigator that is hired to locate a missing horror novelist. The fun starts when Sam Neil finds a small town that doesn’t exist except for in the author’s work. Ripe with people transforming into monstrosities and tentacle monsters and a pervading sense of reality beyond our conception, In the Mouth of Madness is a must see for fans of Carpenter, Lovecraft, or good horror.
Click the cover below to pick up your copy of this masterpiece and read on for the synopsis.
Synopsis: Sutter Cane (Jurgen Prochnow, The Seventh Sign) is the best-selling author whose newest novel is literally driving readers insane. When he inexplicably vanishes, his publisher (Academy Award winner Charlton Heston*) sends special investigator John Trent (Sam Neill, Jurassic Park, Dead Calm) to track him down. Drawn to a town that exists only in Cane’s books, Trent crosses the barrier between fact and fiction and enters a terrifying world from which there is no escape. Inspired by the tales of H.P. Lovecraft, this shocking story is, in the words of it’s acclaimed director, “horror beyond description!”