In the Mouth of Madness

Synopsis: With the disappearance of hack horror writer Sutter Cane, all Hell is breaking loose...literally! Author Cane, it seems, has a knack for description that really brings his evil creepy-crawlies to life. Insurance investigator John Trent is sent to investigate Cane's mysterious vanishing act and ends up in the sleepy little East Coast town of Hobb's End. The fact that this town exists as a figment of Cane's twisted imagination is only the beginning of Trent's problems.
Director(s): John Carpenter
Production: New Line Home Entertainment
  1 win & 3 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
95 min

Hello, admitting.

This is Saperstein.|Where is he?

He's cleared admitting?

Right. Bring him in.

He's coming.

Good, good.


John J.

Put him in number nine.

You son of a bitch!

Hang on to him.

Get him in there!

No, not me!


This is wrong.

Look, l'm sorry about the balls!

lt was a lucky shot,that's all!


l'm not insane.

You hear me?

l'm not insane!

l'm not if he's not!

Me neither!

l'm not insane!

We've only just begun

Not the Carpenters,too.

So let me go

This is a rotten way to end it.

This is not the ending.

You haven't read it yet.

All right.

Came in this afternoon?

Yes. How did you|get here so fast?

We've been monitoring|all admissions...

through police|and paramedic channels.

This one fit the symptoms.

Do you think he's one of them?

Mr. Saperstein, l promise you...

that's what l'm here|to find out.

Things must be getting|pretty bad out there...

to bring youfellas in.

ls this it?

Did he make any requests?



A, uh...

single black crayon.

Hang on.

What's up?

My name is Dr. Wrenn...

and l am going to try|and get you out of here.

After all my redecorating?

No. l think l'll stay.

There's a guard with a pair|of swollen testicles...

who swears you wanted|out of here.

l, uh,well...

l've changed my mind.

l see.

The crosses are a nice touch.

They'd almost have|to keep you in here...

once they'd seen these,|wouldn't they,John?

Got a smoke?

You're waiting to hear|about my ''them,'' aren't you?

Your what?

My ''them.''

Every paranoid schizophrenic|has one--

a ''them,'' a ''they,'' an ''it.''

And you want to hear|about my ''them,'' don't you?

l want to know how you got here.

Things are turning to shit|out there, aren't they?

Let's talk about you.

Your dime.

l'm, uh...

l was an insurance investigator,|freelance.

Checked outfunny claims,|frauds...

the usual kind of thing.

And lately l'd been working|for a firm here in the city.

And all of this started|with the disappearance.

The Sutter Cane...


lt's a little hot in here,|isn't it?

lt's boiling.

How long l gotta be here?

l mean, uh...

l took care|of all that paperwork.

The check was supposed|to be here three weeks ago.

Right? lsn't that right?

Well, usually,yeah,|that's the way it goes...

but l just have a few final|questions about the fire.

More questions.

l've answered|all your questions.

Enough's enough.

lt was supposed|to be cut and dried.

We'll be out of here|in a minute.

See, Robby here,|he owns the company.

And he's hired me to see that|things go smoothly, understand?

lt's just a little thing,|but, see...

Robby takes the view|that it was you...

who burned down your own|warehouse on Northern Boulevard.

Me? That's horseshit.

That was all my own stuff|in that warehouse.

That's my whole life.

Believe me, l sympathize.

You're really starting to sweat.

Shall l turn on|the air conditioning?

Oh, no, l'm fine.

-You sure?|-Yeah.

l'm running a little late.

Supposed to pick up my wife.

Oh,yeah,your wife.

She's a great lady.

You know her?

No, not really.|We just met briefly.

You know,when l went round|to check up on your story.

We have these photographs...

of your wife|tooling around town...

wearing various articles...

that you claim|were destroyed in the fire.

No,that's impossible.

No,this is all stuff|l boughtfor her myself.

See,the problem is...

when l went round|to talk to her...

it turned out she knew much more|than she thought she did.


Especially after l showed her|pictures of Miss Palminteri...

who appears to be wearing...

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Michael De Luca

Michael De Luca (born August 13, 1965) is an American film producer and screenwriter. The former president of production at both New Line Cinema and DreamWorks, De Luca has been nominated for three Academy Awards for Best Picture. more…

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