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In the Mouth of Madness Details


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, [[Performer~P225547~John Carpenter~johncarpenter]]'s In the Mouth of Madness combines supernatural thrills with winking references. For instance, the vanished author, Sutter Cane ([[Performer~P57905~Jürgen Prochnow~jürgenprochnow]]), is modeled on writers like [[Performer~P97473~Stephen King~stephenking]] 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 ([[Performer~P52123~Sam Neill~samneill]]) and Cane's female editor ([[Performer~P11066~Julie Carmen~juliecarmen]]) 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 [[Feature~V136657~Scream~scream]] (1996). ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

  • Release date:February 3, 1995


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
Marvin Scott
as Reporter
Sean Roberge
as Desk Clerk
Charlton Heston
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
Bernie Casey
as Robinson
Sharon Dyer
as Homeless Lady
Wilhelm von Homburg
as Simon
Carolyn Tweedle
as Nurse
Frances Bay
as Mrs. Pickman
Gene Mack
as Guard #2


John Carpenter
Sandy King
Michael De Luca
Gary B. Kibbe
Gary B. Kibbe
Robert Kurtzman
Owen Langevin
Musical Direction/Supervision
Jim Lang
Composer (Music Score)
John Carpenter
Composer (Music Score)
Edward Warschilka
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
Howard Berger