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In the Mouth of Madness Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

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 investigator John Trent (Sam Neill) and Cane's female editor (Julie Carmen) travel, discovering a town filled with terrifying scenes right out of Cane's books, from random axe murders to far worse. Have Cane's fans gone psychotic and begun imitating his writings, or are Cane's stories of an otherworldly evil invading the earth actually true? In the Mouth of Madness's mix of self-referential satire and real frights anticipates the later Julie Carmen (1996). ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

  • Release date:February 3, 1995

Cast

Sam Neill
as John Trent
Julie Carmen
as Linda Styles
Jürgen Prochnow
as Sutter Cane
John Glover
as Saperstein
Charlton Heston
as Jackson Harglow
David Warner
as Dr. Wrenn
Frances Bay
as Mrs. Pickman
Wilhelm von Homburg
as Simon
Gene Mack
as Guard #2
Conrad Bergschneider
as Axe Maniac
Marvin Scott
as Reporter
Ben Gilbert
as Young Teen
Sharon Dyer
as Homeless Lady
Garry Robbins
as Truck Driver
Sean Roberge
as Desk Clerk
Deborah Theaker
as Municipal Woman
Carolyn Tweedle
as Nurse
Tom Bell
as Farmer
Bernie Casey
as Robinson
Peter Jason
as Paul
Hayden Christensen
as Paper Boy
Kevin Zegers
as Kid
Charlton Heston
Sean Roberge
as Desk Clerk
Marvin Scott
as Reporter
Peter Jason
as Paul
Kevin Zegers
as Kid
Garry Robbins
as Truck Driver
Tom Bell
as Farmer
Conrad Bergschneider
as Axe Maniac
Hayden Christensen
as Paper Boy
Ben Gilbert
as Young Teen
Deborah Theaker
as Municipal Woman
Sharon Dyer
as Homeless Lady
Bernie Casey
as Robinson
Wilhelm von Homburg
as Simon
Carolyn Tweedle
as Nurse
Gene Mack
as Guard #2
Frances Bay
as Mrs. Pickman

Crew

John Carpenter
Director
Sandy King
Producer
Michael De Luca
Screenwriter
Gary B. Kibbe
Screenwriter
Gary B. Kibbe
Cinematographer
Robert Kurtzman
Songwriter
Owen Langevin
Musical Direction/Supervision
Jim Lang
Composer (Music Score)
John Carpenter
Composer (Music Score)
Edward Warschilka
Editor
Michael De Luca
Executive Producer
Elinor Rose Galbraith
Set Designer
Robin Bush
Costume Designer
Robert Bush
Costume Designer
Martin Malivoire
Special Effects
Bruce Nicholson
Special Effects
Artist Robinson
First Assistant Director
Gregory Nicotero
Makeup
Howard Berger
Makeup
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