In The Mouth of Madness

Year: 1994
Directed By: John Carpenter
Written By: Michael De Luca

RYAN’S REVIEW

This is a movie I have wanted for a really long time and after mentioning it in our review of Jurassic Park I just had to have it.  It isn’t the easiest movie to find because for several years now it has been out of print and unavailable in store.  Luckily I was able to find a used copy on Amazon that was still in pretty good condition.  I have no idea why this movie is out of print because I honestly think it is one of the best horror movies I have ever seen.

I will say that this movie has one of the worst intros I have ever seen but I am simply going to attribute that to the time period it was made.  Once the credits have finished through this lengthy book printing scene the movie quickly takes off.  This movie can suck you in quickly and take you on a ride that only gets crazier and crazier.  I asked someone at work this morning if they had ever seen the movie and when they hadn’t they asked me to tell them what it was about.  I couldn’t seem to find the words to accurately describe what the plot was. In truth the plot is simple but the insanity that it invokes is difficult to put into words.  It has so many images in it that are overbearingly creepy and it really isn’t quite like any other horror movie I have ever seen.  In fact, a movie like this makes me wonder why we don’t see better horror films coming out today.  This is a crazy and wild story unlike nearly all the horror films made lately.  So many of them are simply exorcism movies, remakes, or something shot from the first person point of view.  We have a serious lack of quality horror movies coming out these days and they could all take a lesson from a movie like this.

Sam Neill plays the lead in this movie and there are times I feel like he is overacting but at others I think he is just spectacular.  His final scene in which he is watching the film of himself is great.  The insane laughter coming from him is just chilling and a great way to end the film.  I think Jurgen Prochnow was a great choice for the role of Sutter Cane.  He looks creepy to begin with and I think his voice, wardrobe, and hairstyle only enhance his role as a horror character in this movie. Giving this movie credibility is the role played by Charlton Heston.  The role he played isn’t important, merely the fact that he was in the movie is important.  Heston is one of the most legendary actors of all time and as his career winded down in the 90s he played many small roles and his presence seemed to lift every movie he was in up a little bit.  This is one of those movies, simply having him as part of the cast makes it more significant and gives the film credibility.

I do not know many people who have seen this movie and I don’t understand why.  I consider this one of the scariest movies I have ever seen and I want to encourage anybody who hasn’t seen it to seek it out.  I am a fan of horror films but as I said earlier so many that come out now are simply disappointing.  We need new masters of horror like John Carpenter and Wes Craven.  What we really need is a real life Sutter Cane to hit the scene and scare the shit out of us again.  If you have seen this movie before I would love a comment to know what you thought about it.  If you haven’t seen it then look for it where ever you can and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.  Like any good horror film it isn’t that long with a running time of only 95 minutes.  At that length this movie is more than worth your time and all horror fans should see it.

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