I've been excited for months about seeing this--but for one reason or another a different movie would always find itself ahead of it in my queue. It wasn't long before it was lost amongst the almost 100 titles. Then a few days ago, a miracle happened. While perusing the fantastic (and my favorite) website Kindertrauma I stumbled upon a "name that trauma"-which you can read about here. Before I even got to Unk's reply on what the movie actually was I was completely sold. The idea of being trapped in a town where you keep seeing the same creepy old man on a bicycle riding by? So amazing. And then when I read Unk's reply about how he was pretty sure the movie was In the Mouth of Madness I almost jumped off my seat! I suddenly remembered that it had been in my queue for months and hurriedly pushed it to the top--which brings us to now and my final satisfaction.
In the Mouth of Madness marks the third film in John Carpenter's "Apocalypse Trilogy" preceded by The Thing and the Prince of Darkness. It follows investigator John Trent who is hired to find out what happened to the missing popular horror writer Sutter Cane. His search leads him to a fictional town of Cane's which has apparently come to life. Turns out this town is just as crazy as it is in Cane's novels and Trent finds himself descending deeper and deeper into...well...into the mouth of madness of course.
The entire movie is like one gigantic nightmare that you can't get out of. The old man on the bicycle part was definitely one of the more creepier things I've ever seen. The concept of a writer's work being taken for reality by his fans is something not too far from what actually happens when you think about Twilight and Harry Potter---although let's get serious, since I do believe in the reality of Harry Potter how come I haven't found Hogwarts yet? Anyways, the overall idea of things being real only because Cane wrote them that way is one of those insanely aggravating concepts that makes my head hurt for days. Is Trent real or isn't he? Was he real before Cane wrote him- was the town real? So many questions but what the movie does so well, is that it makes it possible for all of those theories to be true or possible in some way shape or form.
Whichever way you understand the movie- or however you choose to interpret it there's no denying how completely amazing all of the images are. From the old man on the bicycle, to the scary children
and the decaying townspeople--the monsters, the cop, the contortionist version of Styles
--and of course my personal favorite- the reincarnation of Vigo the Carpathian (who died in 2004 btw)
The twisted world of Hobb's End is one that I have not seen duplicated. The layers of craziness, the terrifying images, the reoccurring nightmares- and the concept of never being able to escape from the nightmare- and the craziness....it's all so fantastic. This movie is fun, exciting, frustrating and scary. There are so many different ways to analyze what you see unfolding that I really value how complex it is. I don't believe that there is only one explanation for what happens and that is the true beauty of the film.
Other notable awesomeness--the open spaced, creepiness of the insane asylum at the beginning, the axe wielding crazy from the beginning, the blood tears one suffers after a reading of the book, the double pupils and the idea and realization that Cane's favorite color is blue....fantastico!
Oh and don't forget to bask in the gloriousness of old lady from one of my favorite Seinfeld episodes!Buy In the Mouth of Madness at Horror Movie Empire!