Decades of Horror 1990s And Beyond Episode 39 â€“ In the Mouth of Madness (1995)In the Mouth of MadnessÂ was quite the departure for John Carpenter. Coming of the heels of the disastrous turn to comedy that wasÂ Memoirs of the Invisible Man, this Lovecraftian dip into unimaginable horror wasn’t quite what usually fit the image of Carpenter’s filmography. Then again, maybe it did? The mysterious terror ofÂ Halloween‘s “The Shape”, the cosmic unknown realms ofÂ Prince of DarknessÂ and the underground society of those controlling us inÂ They LiveÂ have Lovecraftian themes.Â In the Mouth of MadnessÂ just made it all the more literal with direct references to the works of HP Lovecraft and some demonic Eldrich Gods added into the mix. To comment on all of this madness, Thomas Mariani inlists Caitlin Turner, Adam Thomas and Paul Cardullo to talkÂ In the Mouth of Madness. It’s a Lovecraftian Lovefest as the four all praise this as one of Carpenter’s more underrated works. Paul praises the lack of what we see from the monsters. Adam considers Sam Neill’s performance to be only second to Jurassic Park. Caitlin praises the ability to adapt Lovecraft without being a direct adaptation. Thomas is just staring deep into Sutter Cane’s blue dueling pupils. Visit Caitlin’s book blog mentioned in the showÂ hereÂ and about The Hateful Life and Spiteful Death of The Man who Was Vigo the Carpathian here.
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The OthersÂ (2001)