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In The Mouth Of Madness: Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Review


“In The Mouth Of Madness” never lives up to its potential.

Strange things are going on with popular novelist (Sutter Cane). Not only is his latest novel allegedly driving readers mad., but the author himself disappears. The publisher tasks insurance investigator John and book editor Linda to find him, but this is no simple trip as John soon finds himself ending up in messed up situations straight of Sutter’s novels. Is he losing his mind? Is it an elaborate publicity stunt? Is John really experiencing horrific things? That would be telling.

1994’s “In The Mouth Of Madness” is a movie I wish I loved as it has so much going for it. There’s an H.P. Lovecraft and Stephen King vibe, it’s a John Carpenter film, Sam Neill gives a memorable performance, the horror film premise is loaded with promise, and it’s a film comprised of some great imagery that sticks with you (the end scene with John in the movie theater, the monsters chasing John down a hall, etc.). Unfortunately, Michael De Luca’s script doesn’t work as a whole.

While some viewers may find the trippy horror story to be a fun ride, to me, it’s far too convoluted for its own good. De Luca is a bit too ambitious in juggling surreal imagery, an otherworldly subplot, a psychological element, an Apocalyptic story, a central mystery among other things. As a result, the movie isn’t as coherent as it needs to be. The story meanders about at times, characters essentially take a backseat to the visuals and plot, and the third act is a bit of a hurried mess. With a few more rewrites, this really could have been something special. As is, it’s a frustrating film that should be better than it is.


Presentation: 2.35:1 1080p. How does it look? This is easily the best the film has looked.

Audio Track: 5.1 DTS-HD MA. How does it sound? The track is a little soft for my liking, but it’s still a quality track.

Extras: * 15 TV spots and a theatrical trailer * “Horror’s Hollowed Grounds”- Sean Clark tours shooting locations * “The Whisperer of the Dark”- An interview with Julie Carmen. * “Greg Nicotero’s Things In The Basement”- Nicotero talks about the creature FX, working with Carpenter, and more. * “Home Movies From Hobb’s End”- A collection of set footage essentially * “Vintage Featurette: The Making Of In the Mouth Of Madness”- The title says it all * 2 commentary tracks. One by John and Sandy King Carpenter and the other by John Carpenter and Gary B. Kibbe. The second track is the better of the two as it at least has more depth.

July 17, 2018 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , ,

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