Have you ever read a
book that changed your life? No? Well don't worry about it, as John
Carpenter's film, In the Mouth of Madness shows us that that isn't
necessarily a bad thing. Therein, a prolific author named Sutter Cane
has vanished, and so his publisher hires private investigator John
Trent (played by Sam Neill) to track him down and bring back his
latest manuscript (and the author himself, if possible). Trent soon
discovers thatt that the reason no one could find Cane was because he
was hiding away in Hobb's End, a town he made up in his books which
now suddenly exists. Trent himself believes this to all be a great
publicity stunt, but the publisher (played by Charleton Heston)
insists that Trent travel to Hobb's end, along with Cane's editor
Linda Styles, and recover the missing author and his works.
Well they do eventually find they town. By the time Trent actually
meets up with Cane, however, he's a little distressed by some of the
odd happenings around town: roving bands of axe-wielding mutants,
disturbing artwork, murderous old people/squids, etc. Cane has more in
store for him, however, and brings us to a memorable horror moment.
Trent arrives just in
time to watch Cane finish his book. He hands Trent the finished
manuscript and tells him that he will leave Hobb's End and take it
back to the publisher. What makes him so sure of that? Because Trent
is just a character that Cane created. Trent scoffs at the idea, but
at the same time, doesn't want to read the manuscript to know for
sure. Cane warns him to leave immediately because, "I can't hold them
back any longer." Trent is still confused by all this, but before he
can ask for clarification...
Cane grabs his own face
and rips it apart as though it were made of paper. He peels it back
further, and soon, there's just a hole in... well, in the world. Being
an investigator, Trent can't help but investigate the hole. Meanwhile,
Styles whips out the manuscript, flips to this point in the story, and
starts reading aloud:
"Trent stood at the edge
of the rift, stared into the illimitable gulf of the unknown, the
Stygian world yawning blackly beyond. Trent's eyes refused to close.
"He did not shriek, but
the hideous unholy abominations shrieked for him. As in the same
second, he saw them, spill and tumble upward, out of an enormous
carrion black pit, choked with the gleaming white bones of countless
"He began to back away
from the rift as the army of unspeakable figures, twilit by the glow
from the bottomless pit, came pouring at him toward our world."
So he runs. He tries to get Styles to run with him, but she refuses
because, "I've read to the end," and so he leaves her behind.
As he runs, he can only
catch glimpses of what it is that's chasing him, but that's enough to
make him run all the faster. Unfortunately, like the top-heavy extra
in a B-grade horror movie, Trent trips at the worst possible time, and
the pursuing horrors wash over him.
When Trent uncovers his
head, he realizes that he's lying in the road just outside of Hobb's
End. Or at least that's where he thinks he is. He asks a passing
paperboy if he's ever heard of Hobb's End, but the kid just shakes his
head at him. Then again, I would too if I saw a guy wearing a sport
coat with blue jeans. That's just crazy.
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Born László Loewenstein,
the 5'5" Hungarian stage actor Peter Lorre had already achieved
notoriety working with Bertolt Brecht when Fritz Lang cast him as a
serial killer of children in "M". He fled Europe ahead of the
Nazis and in 1933 played a villain for Alfred Hitchcock in "The Man
Who Knew Too Much". Moving easily between comedy, Noir and Horror,
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