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In the Mouth of Madness
Hired to help locate a missing author, an insurance investigator discovers to his terror that the nightmarish events depicted in the writer's best-selling horror novels are coming true. Wishing to be both a horror film and a parody of the genre, John Carpenter's In the Mouth of Madness combines supernatural thrills with winking references. For instance, the vanished author, Sutter Cane (Jürgen Prochnow), is modeled on writers like Stephen King and Howard Phillips Lovecraft, from his great popularity to his obsession with small-town New England. Indeed, it is to one such hamlet that… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 47%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A thinking person's horror picture that dares to be as cerebral as it is visceral."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Confusing, weird, and not very involving."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"best of the post-cold war carpenter movies"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson,
"Kind of scary return to form for Carpenter."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"The names are big, but the payoff is small."
‑ David Armstrong, San Francisco Examiner
"One wonders how In the Mouth of Madness might have turned out if the script had contained even a little more wit and ambition."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A memorable masterpiece."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Not Carpenter's worst, but it tries."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Carpenter can't establish the kind of welling dread that Lovecraft conjured, so he shifts to makeup and pyrotechnics."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"After awhile, the redundancies begin to hamper the narrative, and it becomes rather tiresome."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"A stylized collection of well-timed shockers, helped along by the contributions of its capable cast."
‑ John Hartl,
"Finely attuned to the disquieting realm of the irrational."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
"Too all over the place to be effectively scary. I suppose it's an accurate portrait of insanity, but too hard to follow."
‑ Fred Topel,
"This is terror at its most delicious."
‑ Almar Haflidason,
"Limp performances and ludicrous special effects remove this study of reality from any sense of it."
‑ Madeleine Williams, Cinematter
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