The numbers say otherwise — a 48% “rotten” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, only $8.9 million in box office grosses in its three-week U.S. theatrical run — but after 20 years, it is now apparent that John Carpenter‘s In the Mouth Of Madness is one of the legendary horror director’s masterpieces.
Released in early 1995, In The Mouth Of Madness earns the distinction of being the final John Carpenter movie that actually attempts to tackle a broad “big idea”. It’s his “point of no return” picture; acting as a divider between the acidic, headier work that peppered his best years and the minimalist craft showcases that came after. What if religious texts like the Bible gained all of their power from the herd who read and believed in them? And what if a populist horror novelist was able to tap into this hive-mind consciousness, to the point that his reality becomes interchangeable with our own tangible existence? That’s bold, crazy stuff to pack into a ninety-minute, low-budget horror picture. Granted, all of this is handled with the subtlety of a jackhammer (a newscaster actually announces the film’s themes over the airways early on). However, Carpenter was never an artist known for delicacy; instead staking his claim as a first class rebel stylist.
Today, one of our favorite YouTubers, Oliver Harper, has released yet another epic retrospective, this time looking back at this surely underrated flick. Check out some insightful commentary, little known facts, behind-the-scenes footage and other things any Carpenter fan should enjoy immensely.
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[via Oliver Harper]