John Carpenter is the greatest genre filmmaker that ever walked the face of planet earth. There, I said it. I can’t help it, I love the man. Even his bad movies are good. While the man was responsible for camp classics like Big Trouble in Little China, he also had several seriously straight up horror movies. In the Mouth of Madness is one such movie. The story follows John Trent, played by Sam Neil, as he embarks on a task to locate cult-like Horror author Sutter Cane, who has gone off the reservation and missed the deadline for his latest book. Trent’s journey will take him through literal hell on earth, and blur the line between fiction and reality.
In the Mouth of Madness is one hell of a movie, and made even more so by the career-making performance by Sam Neil. This man can act, and if anyone ever doubts that, just show them this movie. Put anyone else in this role and it becomes a different movie. Everyone does a good job, but Mr. Neil goes above and beyond with his performance. Group that with some spectacular original music, disturbing imagery, practical effects, and and a fascinating story, and you have yourself one certified John Carpenter classic. Movies like this is what earns Carpenter titles such as “Master of Horror.” Though he doesn’t see himself as just a horror director, and by any stretch of the imagination he is not, he still is a master of the genre, and In the Mouth of Madness proves it.
Scream Factory’s Blu-ray release of the film is fantastic. It’s a collector’s edition with newly commissioned art, and a swath of new extras. It features a nice full HD AVC-encoded 1080p transfer presented in 2.39:1, scanned in 4k from original film elements, and an English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track. The extras are listed as new interviews, and that’s what’s included, but it undersells it. It’s basically a retrospective documentary, really good stuff. A full listing of extras can be found below. Scream Factory’s Collector’s Edition Blu-ray release of John Carpenter’s In the Mouth of Madness is highly recommended. This is a horror classic, and it deserves the treatment it was given. You may purchase a copy of your own by visiting the Shout! Factory website.
- NEW 4K scan of the original film elements
- NEW Audio Commentary with director John Carpenter and producer Sandy King Carpenter
- NEW Horror’s Hallowed Grounds – a look at the film’s locations today
- NEW The Whisperer of the Dark – an interview with actress Julie Carman
- NEW Greg Nicotero’s Things in the Basement – a new interview with special effects artist Greg Nicotero including behind-the-scenes footage
- NEW Home Movies from Hobb’s End – Behind the Scenes footage from Greg Nicotero
- Audio Commentary with director John Carpenter and cinematographer Gary B. Kibbe
- Vintage Featurette – The Making of In the Mouth of Madness
- Theatrical Trailer
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