31 days of horror: In The Mouth Of Madness

Posted: October 6, 2013 in Movies, Op-ed, Reviews
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Best selling author Sutter Cane (Jurgen Prochnow) vanishes without explanation after his most recent book is published. His publisher, an excellent cameo by Charlton Heston, hires a special investigator (Sam Neill) to figure out just where the hell this Stephen King-esque author is. John Trent sets out in search of Cane with a companion and is inexplicably guided to Hobbs End, a town that only exists in Canes books. Needless to say shit goes south pretty quickly, Trent can’t escape, and he eventually goes insane.

This movie is a bit of a, how do you say, mind fuck? It raises all kinds of crazy questions and proposes all kinds of theories, mainly is John Trent, and the rest of the world for that matter, real or just the work of Sutter Cane’s demented mind and typewriter? It is a question that is never really answered and, in fact, only poses more questions. This is one of those movies that takes multiple viewings in order for everything to really soak in and even then it’s still kind of hard to decipher. It pretty much leaves the true meaning open for interpretation but definitely entertains and makes you think along the way.

John Carpenter has never exactly been known for writing deeply psychological think pieces but he really broke the mold with this one. It was the last, and arguably the best, installment of his “Apocalypse Trilogy” which included his superb remake of The Thing and the ultimately doomed yet awesomely cheesy Prince of Darkness. Unfortunately, Carpenter really dialed back the quantity and quality of his output after this but it is a true testament to the overall quality of his work. When, not if, you watch this movie give your brain some time to decompress before the second and third viewings that you will need for everything to sink in. Most importantly, enjoy it.



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