“In the Mouth of Madness” probes reality

To round off 2019’s Halloween series, we have what is in my opinion one of the best cosmic horror films ever made: John Carpenter’s In the Mouth of Madness.

The film is the final entry in Carpenter’s “Apocalypse Trilogy”, which started with The Thing in 1982 and Prince of Darkness in 1987.

It follows a private investigator, played by Sam Neill at his finest, who travels to the mysterious New England town of Hobbes End to track down missing horror author Sutter Cane, played by Jürgen Prochnow.

Unsurprisingly, things begin to unravel and it soon becomes apparent that Cane’s work may not be as fictional as he claims.

Unlike the other films covered so far, Mouth of Madness mostly avoids the use of monsters and special effects, focusing instead on a more psychological tension that plays with the main characters’ sense of reality.

It’s an amazing film that asks big questions about identity, free will and what is real.


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