Time On Screen: In The Mouth of Madness

Time on Screen is back this week with a seasonally appropriate entry, an underrated mid-90s classic from the Master of Horror himself, John Carpenter. Zach Kazan is joined by Zach Weiss and Chris Antzoulis (all horror movie fans to their core) for this discussion of In the Mouth of Madness, the capstone to Carpenter’s “Apocalypse Trilogy,” and a personal favorite of this crew. There are other Carpenter horror movies that are more famous, but none that take place largely in New Hampshire, and few that are quite this unhinged, following Sam Neill’s insurance investigator as he tries to track down a missing horror writer whose latest novel has the power to make its readers insane, forever altering their reality, and bringing about the end of the world as we know it. In other words, perfect spooky season fare. 

There are watches in the movie as well, but In the Mouth of Madness really fits into this series for the way the narrative plays with time, using elliptical storytelling techniques to underscore the idea that our characters are losing their grip on reality.


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