February 26, 2010

A few words on: In the Mouth of Madness (1994)

This is what I consider to be the last great John Carpenter movie, next to Vampires, of course.

Sam Neill stars as insurance investigator John Trent searching for known author Sutter Cane. He has recently disappeared, just in time with the impending release of a new book. John begins discovering that the impact the horror writer Sutter Cane's books have on his fans is more than inspirational. After having entered and escaped the village Hobbs End from Sutter Cane's books, he finds himself haunted by the writer and his last book.

This film is great, and has a lot of nods to H.P. Lovecraft. This is the way Horror should really be done. No jump scares, no gore, just straight up smart confusion. Sam Neill is great as John Trent, playing him calm, cool, collective, and very superstitious to all of this Sutter Cane nonsense...but the moment things aren't all they seem, his mentality begins to crack, and Neill plays it perfectly.

The overall look of the film is great as well. Really have to hand it to Carpenter on that one. The locations are perfect.

And now...one of my favorite scenes:

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