John Carpenter Weekend – In the Mouth of Madness (1994)

mouthDirector: John Carpenter

Writer: Michael De Luca (Screenplay)

Starring: Sam Neill, Julie Carmen, Jurgen Prochnow, David Warner, John Glover, Bernie Casey, Peter Jason, Charlton Heston

 

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

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Mind Bending Horror

 

Story: In the Mouth of Madness starts as we meet John Trent (Neill) being taken into a mental asylum where he gets approached to tell his story. Rewind to see Trent at work as an insurance claims investigator, he can spot s fraud better than anyone else in the game. When he gets asked to investigate the disappearance of Sutter Cane (Prochnow) he has to team up with Linda Styles (Carmen) from the publicist as he start to figure out what has happened to the world renowned author.

The two travel looking for a place that is on no map and find themselves entering into a nightmare world of Sutter Cane’s very own creation.  

In the Mouth of Madness really does keep you wondering just what the hell is happening from start to finish. The concept of bending the reality of what is real, written or other dimensional all works because you don’t know what to believe which is something I always like to see in a horror film. It is hard to go into complete details of what happens because a lot is very twisted filled and one that you can decide what you want to believe about what happens.

 

Actor Review

 

Sam Neill: John Trent is an insurance claims investigator and one that could sniff out any cons going on. He gets called up by publicist of world famous author Sutter Cane to find out where he as gone. He starts to think it is just a cover up but his nightmare is only just beginning as we know from the start he is telling the story from a mental asylum. Sam gives us a good performance in this role where he is convincing from start to finish because if you see if going crazy something has to be up.trent

Julie Carmen: Linda Styles goes with Trent is the search for Sutter Cane, she is a massive fan of his work which leads to her understand the place they find themselves in, inside one of his books. Julie gives a good performance in this supporting role.

Jurgen Prochnow: Sutter Cane is the mysterious author who has disappeared just before his latest work is about to be released. When Trent discovers where he is we learn that he believes has these powers over the world with his books. Jurgen gives a good performance as this mysterious author.

David Warner: Dr Wrenn is the doctor being told the story by Trent, that is all his involvement is even though he is the first one to actually listen to him. David does all he needs to in this role.

Support Cast: In the Mouth of Madness has a supporting cast that all work to help push the story be it outside the fictional world or within it.

Director Review: John CarpenterJohn shows that he knows how to change and work with a concept that comes off original.

 

Horror: In the Mouth of Madness really goes into a world of nightmares for our character to find himself in.

Settings: In the Mouth of Madness puts us into a world created by a horror author which works for the concept of the film.
Special Effects
: In the Mouth of Madness uses great effects for all the horror going on in the film.

Suggestion: In the Mouth of Madness is one for the horror fans to watch and enjoy because it is very twisted. (Horror Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Concept.

Worst Part: Giving away slightly too much early on.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $9 Million

Budget: $8 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 35 Minutes

Tagline: Lived Any Good Books Lately?

Trivia: The Sutter Cane character is clearly based on John Carpenter‘s friend Stephen King, even referencing King’s New England roots, with Hobb’s Corner filling in for King’s Castle Rock. Carpenter directed a film version of King’s Christine (1983). Additionally Michael De Luca had previously written the screenplay for the King adaptation The Lawnmower Man (1987). However, the characters say that Sutter Cane is even more popular than Stephen King.

 

Overall: Minding horror that is twist filled from start to finish that will leave you shocked.

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2015 Awards – Best Supporting Male

Through the month of January I will be looking back on 2015, I will be looking at a range of subjects where I will be picking my best or worst in separate posts.

Today I will be look at Best Supporting Male. These are character who have shined in supporting roles and could easily have been able to be the star of the shows.

Mentions that could have been number one;

·         Colin Firth – Kingsman firth In this brilliant action film Colin Firth shines as the mentor to our lead with his dry comic lines and action set pieces.

·         Nicolas Hoult – Mad Max Fury Road nux Nux is the character that goes through the biggest development in Mad Max, he delivers the iconic line ‘What a day, What a Lovely Day’ and is the male character you remember from this film.

My favourite

·         Idris Elba – Beasts of No Nation commandt Idris plays the general of the child soldiers who pushes them all to the limits to make an army that no one knows how to deal with. This is a breath taking and shows just how good of an actor he really it.

Upcoming Release – American Horror Project Vol 1

American Horror Project – Vol 1 [Blu-ray + DVD] coming February 23
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Limited edition of 3000 copies!

Everyone knows the classic American horror titles: Night of the Living Dead, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and A Nightmare on Elm Street, to name but a few. But we want to tell you a different story: a story of the unsung heroes of stars-and-stripes terror, films that have remained on the fringes of the genre either through lack of availability or else sheer obscurity.This is where American Horror Project comes in.
Volume One of this series presents three tales of violence and madness from the 1970s. Malatesta’s Carnival of Blood (Christopher Speeth, 1973) sees a family arrive at a creepy, dilapidated fairground in search of their missing son, only tofind themselves at the mercy of the cannibalistic ghouls lurking beneath the park. Meanwhile, The Witch Who Came from the Sea (Matt Cimber, 1976), stars Millie Perkins (The Diary of Anne Frank) as a young woman whose bizarre and violentfantasies start to bleed into reality – literally. Lastly, every parent’s worst nightmare comes true in The Premonition(RobertAllen Schnitzer, 1976), a tale of psychic terror in which five-year-old Janie is snatched away by a strange woman claimingto be her long-lost mother.
Newly remastered from the best surviving elements and contextualised with brand new supplementary material, American Horror Project proudly presents an alternative history of American horror and film heritage.
LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS
*Brand new 2K restorations of the three features
*High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard DVD presentations
*Original Mono 1.0 audio (Uncompressed PCM on the Blu-rays)
*English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
*Reversible sleeves for each film featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by the Twins of Evil
*American Horror Project Journal Volume One – Limited edition 60-page booklet featuring new articles on the films from writers Stephen Thrower(Nightmare USA: The Untold Story of the Exploitation Independents), Kim Newman (Nightmare Movies), Kier-La Janisse (House of Psychotic Women) and Brian Albright (Regional Horror Films, 1958-1990: A State-by-State Guide with Interviews)
MALATESTA’S CARNIVAL OF BLOOD
*Introduction to the film by Stephen Thrower
*Audio Commentary by film historian Richard Harland Smith
*The Secrets of Malatesta – an interview with director Christopher Speeth
*Crimson Speak – an interview with writer Werner Liepolt
*Malatesta’s Underground – art directors Richard Stange and Alan Johnson discuss the weird, mysterious world of Malatesta’s underground
*Outtakes
*Draft script (BD/DVD-ROM content)
*Stills gallery
THE WITCH WHO CAME FROM THE SEA
*Introduction to the film by Stephen Thrower
*Audio commentary with director-producer Matt Cimber, actress Millie Perkins and director of photography Dean Cundey
*Tides and Nightmares – brand new making-of documentary featuring interviews with Cimber, Perkins, Cundey and actor John Goff
** A Maiden’s Voyage – archive featurette comprising interviews with Cimber, Perkins and Cundey
*Lost at Sea – director Cimber reflects on his notorious cult classic
THE PREMONITION
*Introduction to the film by Stephen Thrower
*Isolated score
*Audio commentary with director-producer Robert Allen Schnitzer
*Pictures from a Premonition – brand new making-of documentary featuring interviews with Schnitzer, composer Henry Mollicone and cinematographer Victor Milt
*Archive interviews with Robert Allen Schnitzer and star Richard Lynch
*Three Robert Allen Schnitzer short films: ‘Vernal Equinox’, ‘Terminal Point’ and ‘A Rumbling in the Land’
*4 Peace Spots
*Trailers and TV Spots
Product Details
SKU: AV043
UPC: 760137818595
Street Date: 02/23/16
PreBook Date: 01/19/16
Label: Arrow Video »
Genre: Horror
Run Time: 251 mins
Number of Discs: 6
Audio: Mono
Year of Production: 1973
Director: Matt Cimber, Christopher Speeth, Robert Allan Schnitzer
Actors: Millie Perkins, Lonny Chapman, Janine Carazo, Herve Villechaize, Sharon Farrell, Edward Bell
Language: English
Subtitles: English SDH