Investigator John Trent is hired to track down the famous horror writer Sutter Cane who has gone missing just before release of his latest masterpiece. Trent finds Cane in a small east coast town which he also finds is filled with the nightmares from Cane’s books.
Sam Neill (John Trent), Julie Carmen (Linda), Jurgen Prochnow (Sutter), David Warner (Dr. Wrenn), John Glover (Saperstein), Bernie Casey (Robinson), Peter Jason (Mr. Paul), Charlton Heston (Jackson).
Really, how can you go wrong with an H.P. Lovecraft story translated to the big screen by John Carpenter? In the Mouth of Madness is starting to show some age but the film is a surprisingly vivid and effectual representation of a decline into madness. As Trent slowly loses his mind we are along for the trip which has plenty of twists and the requisite Lovecraft cthulu type creatures. The story moves along well presenting several aspects of the horror genre quite nicely.
Acting was okay but could have been better. Neill presented well and moved along with his mental decline throughout the film. Carmen was okay but overplayed things a bit at times. Prochnow delivered creepy well while the remainder of the cast felt lukewarm.
Camera work, sets, and backgrounds are showing some age but the film still presents fairly well. Effects are nicely done considering the age of the film. Dialogue and sound are good, as is the soundtrack.
Overall In the Mouth of Madness is an entertaining film with good depth offsetting the mild acting. Horror fans, particularly Lovecraft fans, will likely enjoy this quite a bit.
With foul language, plenty of violence, disturbing creatures, sexuality, and some nudity save this one for adults and above.
In the Mouth of Madness is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 3 out of 5
copyright ©2011 Dave Riedel
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