Wednesday, September 29, 2010
In the Mouth of Madness (1995)
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this classic John Carpenter film and end up watching it about twice a year.
Sam Neill plays John Trent - a jaded insurance inspector type who doesn't trust people or their stories. He tracks insurance scams and pay outs and he's very good at his job. When horror writer Sutter Cane (played by the great Jürgen Prochnow from Das Boot) goes missing and the publisher is looking for money, Trent thinks something fishy is going on and starts searching for Cane.
That's when everything goes to hell. :)
This is a mystery wrapped in a horror movie and both of these aspects work really well. I'm really into the mystery side of things and, as things unfold and get more and more horrific, I'm giddy as a kid in a candy shop!
Neill is "Neill-riffic" as usual. He plays things up for giggles and noir goodness to a perfect pitch while Prochnow is creepy and intense as usual.
And the visuals. Yikes. I think about them late at night sometimes when I'm on the road or taking the trash out and...yikes.
Check it out for sure. It'll make your Halloween a little more special!
IN THE MOUTH OF MADNESS