Review: In The Mouth Of Madness (1994)

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“A reality is just what we tell each other it is.”
– Linda Styles

SYNOPSIS: An insurance investigator begins discovering that the impact a horror writer’s books have on his fans is more than inspirational. – via IMDB

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GRADE 8I absolutely love this movie, I am a big fan of it. The first time I saw it a few years ago, it just ticked all the boxes of things I love in a movie. It was just awesome, and it doesn’t get old after repeat viewings. This is one of those tremendous and beloved old horrors that I just can’t get enough of. I adored the concept of this film – that a writer and his work could drive the world cuckoo crazy and insane. It was all about the writing, the lack of faith, the investigation into a missing author, the gruesome discoveries that Trent makes along the way, and the way Styles is convinced that Cane’s work is real… there is just way too much to love here! The monsters were nasty and Cane was delusional, Sam Neill delivered a fantastic performance, and there was an abundance of creepy and weird going on at any given moment in the film. You never really get a handle on what is going on, and there is a dash of cheese to this,  but in t hat totally acceptable kind of way. I was hooked from the get-go, and my other half had a grand time with this, too, so I am not totally biased 😉 Carpenter was the horror king, and gave us many grand films to watch over the years, and I will always enjoy that. I thoroughly enjoyed the effects and the camera work, and the score worked wonderfully with it all, too. I know I am gushing, but there was so much to like in this one. This Apocalypse Trilogy, though, was just one of those super special ones, and I can see myself watching these quite a few more times, though the final entry remains my favourite of the lot. Solid acting, some goofy events, some creepy moments, insane monsters, pretty amusing dialogue, and a journey that is just different, In The Mouth of Madness offers it all to its viewers. I feel that this is a seriously under-appreciated film, and wish that more people had seen it.

24 thoughts on “Review: In The Mouth Of Madness (1994)

  1. My Dearest SBJB,

    I am very happy this works so well for you!!

    I didn’t really like this one too much 😦 😦 😦 😦

    It hopes It is not disappointed in It.



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    1. My Dearest SSC,

      I love it!

      It is okay… It forgave It for Prince of Darkness, which It didn’t hate, just didn’t enjoy as much as It did.

      All is well.

      It + It



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  2. Good work Zoe! I reviewed this one with Eejit a while back. 😉
    It’s a good Carpenter flick but I have to say, it wasn’t as good as I remembered it when I first seen it. I used to absolutely love it but, unfortunately, it didn’t have the same impact as it once did.

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  3. Ah THAT’S why I hadn’t heard of this on your Halloween Essentials list–I hadn’t seen this review yet! Lol. Definitely sounds good! I need to reattain my faith in Sam Neill after Event Horizon. Maybe this’ll be the one to do it…Good job!!

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  4. LOVE this film. One of JC’s most criminally overlooked films. The Lovecraft vibe is through the roof! Neill was great as was the score and Kibbe’s cinematography. really creepy and dynamic, too. great review and I think it’s time for a re-watch! Thanks 🙂

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    1. It is a great film! Glad to see it get praised! Everyone seems to think it was decent, but that is all. Yet this movie has so much awesomeness going for it! Rewatch it, I wholeheartedly encourage this 🙂


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