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In The Mouth Of Madness (1994)
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In The Mouth Of Madness (1994) The efficient and skeptical freelance insurance investigator John Trent is hired by the publisher Jackson Harglow to find where the famous writer Sutter Cane might be. After writing a series of best-sellers in the horror genre, affecting the reason and causing disorientation, memory loss, and paranoia in readers, Sutter has simply vanished near the release of his new novel, "Horror in Hobb's End." There is mass hysteria of his anxious fans waiting for the new release, and John believes that his disappearance is a marketing strategy. John follows his instincts and travels with Cane's editor, Linda Styles, to New Hampshire, seeking for the apparently fictional town of Hobb's End. While driving along in the night, Linda reaches Hobb's End, and John discloses that Sutter Cane has unleashed a powerful evil force in the black church of the mysterious town, and his twisted imagination is changing the reality and perception of those who read his novels.

Movie Tagline:
Lived Any Good Books Lately?

Also Known As:
John Carpenter's In the Mouth of Madness

Title: In The Mouth Of Madness
Release Date: February 03, 1995
Runtime: 95 mins
Genre: Fantasy
All Genres: Fantasy, Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Languages: English
Country: USA
Colors: Color
Sound: Dolby SR, DTS
IMDB Rating: 7.0
Buried.com Rating: 8 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With I

MPAA Rating: R

MPAA Rating Reason:
Rated R for images of horror, and for language.

John Carpenter

Sam Neill ...John Trent
Julie Carmen ...Linda Styles
Jurgen Prochnow ...Sutter Cane (as Jurgen Prochnow)
David Warner ...Dr. Wrenn
John Glover ...Saperstein
Bernie Casey ...Robinson
Peter Jason ...Mr. Paul
Charlton Heston ...Jackson Harglow
Frances Bay ...Mrs. Pickman
Wilhelm von Homburg ...Simon
Kevin Rushton ...Guard #1
Gene Mack ...Guard #2
Conrad Bergschneider ...Axe Maniac
Marvin Scott ...Reporter
Katherine Ashby ...Receptionist
Ben Gilbert ...young Teen
Dennis O'Connor ...Cop
Paul Brogren ...Scrawny Teen
Sharon Dyer ...Homeless Lady
Sean Ryan ...Bicycle Boy
Lance Paton ...Little Boy
Jacelyn Holmes ...Little Girl
Hayden Christensen ...Paper Boy
Garry Robbins ...Truck Driver
Sean Roberge ...Desk Clerk
Robert Lewis Bush ...Hotel Man
Louise Beaven ...Old Lady
Cliff Woolner ...Bus Driver
Deborah Theaker ...Municipal Woman
Chuck Campbell ...Customer

» [more cast members]

Michael De Luca
Sandy King
Artist W. Robinson

Michael De Luca

John Carpenter
Jim Lang

Movie Soundtrack(s):

More Movie Taglines:
  • Lived Any Good Books Lately?
  • Reality isn't what it used to be...
Movie Quote(s):
  • Linda Styles: A reality is just what we tell each other it is.
  • Sutter Cane: I think, therefore you are.
  • John Trent: I'm sorry about the balls! It was a lucky shot, that's all!
  • Sutter Cane: Did I ever tell you my favorite color was blue?
  • John Trent: Every species can smell its own extinction. The last ones left won't have a pretty time with it. In ten years, maybe less, the human race will just be a bedtime story for their children. A myth, nothing more.
Movie Trivia:
  • The small town is named "Hobb's End", an in-joke reference to the subway station where the alien ship is excavated in the movie Quatermass and the Pit (1967).
  • After Sutter Cane says "Did I ever tell you my favorite color is blue?" It is realized that throughout the entire movie, whenever an actor has a close up, their eyes are blue, proving Sutter Cane's power.
  • John Trent occupies cell number 9 at the asylum, and rents room number 9 at the Pickman Inn in Hobb's End.
  • Contains many references to H.P. Lovecraft's stories, for example is the Name of the hotel and hotel owner "Pickman", a reference to the short story "Pickman's Model".
  • The Sutter Cane character is clearly based on John Carpenter's friend Stephen King, even referencing King's New England roots, with Hobb's Corner 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.
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