In the Mouth of Madness | 1994

Directed by: John Carpenter

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Main Plot

A skeptical insurance investigator is hired to find a missing horror novelist, leading him to a small town where reality begins to unravel, blurring the line between fiction and reality.


  • John Trent, an insurance investigator, is hired to find a missing horror author and uncovers a terrifying reality.
  • J├╝rgen Prochnow plays Sutter Cane, a famous horror novelist whose books have a disturbing effect on readers.
  • Julie Carmen plays Linda Styles, an author's editor who becomes involved in investigating the disappearance of a horror writer.


In the Mouth of Madness concludes with the revelation that the protagonist, John Trent, has become a character in the horror novel he was investigating. The town of Hobb's End, which was created by the author Sutter Cane, is now a reality, and Cane's influence has driven people insane. Trent realizes the power of Cane's writing and attempts to destroy the manuscript, but ultimately fails. As he accepts his fate, Trent becomes trapped in the world of Cane's imagination, with the implication that his actions will cause the end of humanity, as the horrors from the novel spill into the real world.

John Carpenter