Wednesday, May 18, 2011

In the Mouth of Madness (1994)

As I sat here last night thinking of what to watch, part of me was still caught up with the rumors of the rapture (on tap for Saturday 21 May 2011) making their way into the national news. With that in mind, I decided to venture into a world that talks about the potential end of mankind, John Carpenter’s Lovecraftian In the Mouth of Madness  from 1994.

Plot/ An insurance investigator begins discovering that the impact a horror writer's books have on his fans is more than inspirational.

Revisiting this film after a few years may have been one of the better decisions I have made in some time. I have to admit that this is much better than I had remembered and was very impressed by what I found. This movie really has it all, wit, intelligence and scary moments and some great effects. This amazing tribute to horror writers (the Stephen King and Nigel Kneale references throughout) and something definitely inspired by the horror master H.P. Lovecraft, has a very haunting and heavy feel throughout. The script, soundtrack and acting are solid, but it is Carpenter’s direction that creates a bizarre world that lies somewhere between sane and insane. This movie is a perfect flick for the dark of night, especially in this week prior to the upcoming rapture. Enjoy!

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