In the Mouth of Madness
In the Mouth of Madness ★★ 1995 (R)
Standard horror flick pays homage to or pokes fun at Stephen King (you decide) with story of successful horror novelist whose fans become a bit too engrossed in his stories—seems his readers tend to slip into dementia and carry out the grisly acts depicted within the pages. Neill plays an insurance investigator who must track down the missing author while combating the psychotic, axe-wielding residents of the seemingly quiet east coast hamlet where the author resides. Worth a look for the above-average special effects and makeup provided by Industrial Light and Magic (ILM). 95m/C VHS, DVD . Sam Neill, Jurgen Prochnow, Julie Carmen, Charlton Heston, David Warner, John Glover, Bernie Casey, Peter Jason, Frances Bay, Wilhelm von Homburg; D: John Carpenter; W: Michael De Luca; C: Gary B. Kibbe; M: John Carpenter, Jim Lang.