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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 Scream (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
Wilhelm von Homburg
as Simon
Conrad Bergschneider
as Axe Maniac
Sean Roberge
as Desk Clerk
Peter Jason
as Paul
Bernie Casey
as Robinson
Charlton Heston
Kevin Zegers
as Kid
Hayden Christensen
as Paper Boy
Sharon Dyer
as Homeless Lady
Garry Robbins
as Truck Driver
Carolyn Tweedle
as Nurse
Gene Mack
as Guard #2
Tom Bell
as Farmer
Marvin Scott
as Reporter
Ben Gilbert
as Young Teen
Deborah Theaker
as Municipal Woman
Frances Bay
as Mrs. Pickman

Crew

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